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Old June 5, 2009, 03:03 AM
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NOTTINGHAM, England, June 5 (bdnews24.com/Reuters)� According to his national coach, Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh's "best batsman, best bowler and best fielder".

He is also the world's number one all-rounder in limited overs cricket, even though he did not touch a cricket ball until he was 15.
Two years ago, Bangladesh enjoyed an excellent 50 overs World Cup in the Caribbean, beating India and eventual semi-finalists South Africa.
If the team are to have similar success in England, then Shakib will be a key player. The 22-year-old from Khulna, a left-handed attacking batsman and a slow left-arm bowler who spins the ball prodigiously, is certainly appreciated by his team and their Australian coach Jamie Siddons.

"He is our best bowler, best batter and best fielder at the moment and certainly our most damaging batsman," Siddons told Reuters. "He is a real bonus for us and is dangerous as we now have a spinner who can bowl teams out.

"He is pretty extraordinary as far as his bowling goes. He seems to know what the batsman is doing before the batsman does. I liken him to (New Zealand captain Daniel) Vettori as he will float a few up, then will put the quicker one in, and he turns it."

Shakib did not take cricket seriously until late in 2002, concentrating before then on soccer. His cousin played for the national team and his father was an amateur footballer.
However, a talent spotting camp initiated by the Bangladesh Institute of Sport changed his life.

"Everything I learned was from there and the coaches they had -- Salahuddin, who is our fielding coach now, and Fahim Nasmullauddin," Shakib told Reuters in an interview.
EDUCATION VITAL

Shakib said it nas not been a simple decision to enrol at the institute.

"When I got the chance to be admitted, that was a very big decision as I was in class nine and it meant I had to go back to class eight and study for an extra year," Shakib explained. "So my parents helped me take that decision, which was not easy for them. Fortunately it worked out."

Education is important to Shakib, a quietly spoken, articulate individual who Siddons describes as "a super athlete". He missed the Asia Cup in 2008 and is now studying English after being admitted to the American International University of Bangladesh.
"The class started on May 24 so I will have to catch up," he said. "This course will help my cricket. And I don't think I will miss too much cricket as they are keen to help me combine the two."
It is not surprising the university is encouraging his career for Shakib is now a national hero, adjusting to the constant demand for autographs and photos. When he scored 92 against Sri Lanka recently, to inspire a shock victory, he received more than 1,000 missed calls on his mobile and 700 SMS messages.

It is clear when watching Bangladesh, a team accustomed to regular defeat since their inception as a full test team in 2000, that they are still having fun on the field. And Shakib's favourite wicket of his career so far would support this belief.

"I once took the wicket of (South Africa's AB) de Villiers, which was exciting for me because he had never before been out for a duck in test cricket," Shakib said with a smile.

"We knew this before he came in and the boys were telling him `this will be your first duck'. We ran around the field afterwards and enjoyed that wicket very much."

Shakib's finest attribute may be the way he has kept a level head despite his sudden rise to fame. His coach is hopeful this will not change.

"Considering our guys are not known for being articulate or for going through the school systems, he is one out of the box," Siddons concluded.

"He can speak to people on the street or a businessmen in a boardroom. He is down to earth and unassuming. I just hope he can keep his head on his shoulders and keep moving forward."


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Old June 5, 2009, 03:19 AM
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dude, keep the secret a surprise

all this means is for others teams to strategize against him...giving him more publicity at the moment. we already know this...
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Old June 5, 2009, 03:23 AM
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All this pumping up just before the big stage ... I fear if it ends up a shrunk balloon, please God help.
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Old June 5, 2009, 03:35 AM
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WE know already these staff about him.
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Old June 5, 2009, 04:14 AM
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Nice writing but this could add to the Moyna fan club thread.
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and the boys were telling him `this will be your first duck'.
That's the way to do it.
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Old June 5, 2009, 01:35 PM
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What is WRONG with Jamie Siddons?? Everything that comes out of his mouth is damaging! When you say something like "hes our best bowler, batsman and fielder", it not only demotivates the entire team, but it adds extra pressure on Sakib to perform. I've never heard a coach say something even close to that in my entire life. This dude is absolutely bonkers!

And then to follow that up with "our guys arent known to go through school systems".

All of this is, of course, true. But a coach needs to keep his mouth shut, especially when talking to the media...
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Old June 5, 2009, 01:40 PM
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All of this is, of course, true. But a coach needs to keep his mouth shut, especially when talking to the public...
He was referring to his Australian players maybe

They don't go to college after finishing HS (most of them). And some of them didn't even finish HS.
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Old June 5, 2009, 03:42 PM
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Old June 5, 2009, 03:43 PM
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Shakib is a man of letters and a big bat!
Shakib has a big skull and it's full of brains!
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Old June 5, 2009, 07:32 PM
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What is WRONG with Jamie Siddons?? Everything that comes out of his mouth is damaging! When you say something like "hes our best bowler, batsman and fielder", it not only demotivates the entire team, but it adds extra pressure on Sakib to perform. I've never heard a coach say something even close to that in my entire life. This dude is absolutely bonkers!

And then to follow that up with "our guys arent known to go through school systems".

All of this is, of course, true. But a coach needs to keep his mouth shut, especially when talking to the media...
i agree... esp when u call a player... whoever he may be and regardlss of how good he is... "the best batsman, bowler and fielder"... it pretty much makes the rest of the team seem useless... and tht is very demoralizing for everyone else+adds an immense load of pressure on sakib himself...

i feel tht wen sumone is playing really well... u shudn't go on talking abt him 24/7... it adds to the pressure... we saw what happened to mash in the ipl... i dont want similar things happening to sakib here.... moreover.. tht was the ipl... this is intl cricket.. and obviously much more imp than that... so... all in all... siddons should sort out what he should and what he shouldn't say infront of the media...
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Old June 5, 2009, 07:45 PM
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a true test for Shakib: on every different dimension possible

verily, Allah knows the rest of the story...
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i wish he could be our lagend, and make us proud. 15 core people with u saqib, just keep going...............jethai harabar nei shimana.
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what r u thinging about tommorow? will we.........?
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These generation of cricketers will revolutionize BD youth.
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no shewag, no johir khan what r u gys think its gona help us or does not matter?
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These generation of cricketers will revolutionize BD youth.
I believe so too!
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