It was anticipated by many that ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan would pick up where he left off on his return to competitive cricket after serving a one-year ban. But it did not happen. The southpaw looked out of sorts with the bat. He wasn't at his best with the ball either.
Shakib, though, doesn't worry about his performance in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup and said in a recent interview that he hardly remembers what he did in the tournament. He took this tournament to be a platform where he could have some game time.
Despite not worrying too much about his performance in the tournament, Shakib now has come to understand where he actually stands in terms of batting and bowling form. The all-rounder has already started fine-tuning the aspects he feels he needs to work on.
Bangladesh cricket team has started training ahead of the West Indies series, so has Shakib. He is spending a lot of time batting and bowling at the nets. He is also taking help from computer analyst Shrinivas Chandrashekharan.
In the absence of Daniel Vettori, Sohel Islam has been carrying the duty of the spin bowling coach. Shakib has been discussing with him about his bowling and working with Chandrashekharan based on Sohel Islam's inputs.
Shakib batted and bowled during the net session on Monday. After the session was over, he once again came back to bowl and Chandrashekharan was seen standing outside the net with a camera.
After sending down a few, Shakib walked up to Chandrashekharan and they had a discussion. Looked like they were discussing things like delivery point and the zones to bowl to batsmen. Towards the end, Chandrashekharan was seen explaining different things to Shakib after each delivery.
Shakib, on his return to Bangladesh, said that it won't be easy to replicate his old form but he will try what it takes to do so.