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Shakib rates Dhaka Test win as ‘special’

 Sports Desk

 Published: 09:21 PM, 2 December 2018   Updated: 09:21 PM, 2 December 2018

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Before the second Test of the two-match series against West Indies in Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh played 111 Tests but never managed to impose a follow-on.

But this time, the Tigers wrote a new chapter of their own history, they finally managed to impose a follow-on which was an inevitable pain that Bangladesh went through many times during their early days in Test cricket.   Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh Test captain, did not think any word but 'special' to rate their biggest-ever Test win.

The man of the series and Bangladesh captain in the post-match press meet said, “Look, we have been playing Test cricket for 18 years, we have completed more than a hundred Tests. But, we did it (imposing a follow-on) for the first time. It is nothing but a special (win for us).”  “We have never been able to enforce follow-on despite playing many Tests against the weak teams. So, I think it is a big achievement for us, and we never whitewashed a big team in the home condition,” Shakib further added.  Bangladesh was dismantled during their last Test series against West Indies in their home. In the first Test in Antigua, Bangladesh lost by an innings and 219 runs. Right after that, the Tigers were outplayed in the second Test by 166 runs in Jamaica.   That distressful memory was in the mind of Shakib Al Hasan and his teammates when they started the just-concluded series. That made them desperate to reply West Indies with the same kind of pain.   “Most players of this series were in the team during the last West Indies tour, and the results were not expected to us. We have talked about the losses, and we bounced back strongly in the limited-overs series, after the success in the limited-overs matches in the last series, we wanted to do something remarkable in Tests in our home. We were keen to make the people confess that we can make the most our home advantage, and eventually, we did it,” Shakib further said.   Bangladeshi spinners bagged all 40 wickets of West Indies in the series which is a world record. Shakib Al Hasan did not miss the chance to applaud his spin arsenal during the post-match.   “Miraz bowled very well today (Sunday). I think if he stays simple on his plans, he can do more damages to the opponents. Taijul did well too. He performed exceptionally well throughout the year. I believe that if we can deliver this brand of performance consistently, we will do better in the international arena,” Shakib Al Hasan added.