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Shakib’s Cleverness Comes Out In His Bowling Says Ricky Ponting

Bangladesh made their international debut in the World Cup in the year 1999 and since then has carved their presence in being the giant-killers. They have showed the world their consistency in the early stages and has beat the powerhouses as well. However, there journey in the World Cup has been poisoned with inconsistent performances lately and that have saw the promising players of the team to perform in a failing manner.

My danger man for Bangladesh is Shakib Al Hasan

With the World Cup 2019 being a top edition of the game, many people feel that they do not even have the chance of qualifying the semi-finals. All the players of the team including, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal,  and Mahmudullah will focus on the tournament that is happening in England and Wales. Talking about the same, Ricky Ponting feels that Shakib Al Hasan is the most dangerous person in the team.

“My danger man for Bangladesh is Shakib Al Hasan. He has been here for a long time. He scores in so different areas; he is very strong in square of the wicket. He strokes very well in backward point and third man,” said Ricky Ponting.

He has never been a big turner of the ball

Shakib has proven himself worthy of being in World Cup 2019 even after suffering from a number of injuries. This hasn’t stopped him from performing well and keep that spirit for the World Cup alive. Not only this, but the recently concluded tri-nation ODI series in Ireland, the player racked up 140 runs. He wasn’t able to pick up many wickets but tried performing good. With this, he even got back his ranking of the number one slot in the ICC Ranking’s after surpassing Rashid Khan. Even the former Aussie skipper, said that he feels differently about the other spinners. He says that his bowling attack varies in order to trap the other batsman, while he is using his arm ball. 

“Shakib’s cleverness comes out in his bowling. He has never been a big turner of the ball, left arm off spinner [Shakib], his change of pace in bowling is quite amazing and he looks to be attacking. He uses the arm ball a lot more than other spinners,” says Ponting.

“He is different than other spinners right now, most spinners bowl in the pitch and don’t give any scoring opportunities. But he is the other way, he keeps you in the pitch for the first couple of balls, change the pace and wait for the batsman to take him on,” he concluded.