Bangladesh’s historic victory in New Zealand has proved that the youngsters in the team are capable of handling responsibility and the side doesn’t always rely on the same 4-5 senior players to win matches, says former captain and all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan.
Bangladesh created history earlier this week by beating the Black Caps, the reigning World Test champions, by eight wickets to record their first-ever win in New Zealand.
“I don’t think my presence was necessarily important (in New Zealand). I am actually happy that they did it without me. Not just me… (but the others too),” Shakib, who withdrew from the series, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“I think what really delighted me was that the notion, particularly in the media, that not many players apart from the four or five senior ones can win games for the team — that will be changed. If they are handed the responsibility, these youngsters will play better.”
The 34-year-old feels while the win at the Bay Oval will not change things drastically, it will open an opportunity for change.
“We made an unbelievable start to 2022. I am very happy. Credit goes to all the players and coaching staff for playing well under so much pressure and in these conditions. Everyone tried hard.
“This was always going to be a challenging year after a difficult time in 2021 for us. I hope we can continue in this manner. Bangladesh do not play this well all the time.
“Not everything will change after a Test win. But it creates the opportunity for change. I think if we can hold onto this belief, particularly the BCB, we can do well in the World Test Championship,” Shakib said.