BAN vs SL Series: Bangladesh chief selector confirms, ‘Shakib Al Hasan will play at No.3’- Talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will get back his number three position in the Bangladesh batting line-up for the upcoming three-match ODI series vs Sri Lanka. The series will begin on May 23.
Bangladesh chief selector, Minhajul Abedin confirmed the development to Cricbuzz saying,” Shakib will bat at three against Sri Lanka in the ODI’s. That (No.3) is the best place for him and we feel he will have the time to settle down before launching in the middle. He also wants to bat there (at three) and so we felt we should give him that opportunity.”
Shakib was demoted to the lower middle order after his comeback into the side vs West Indies in order to provide experience down the order. Nazmul Hossain was promoted in place of Shakib but he could not make the most of it.
In the 2019 World Cup Shakib was promoted at number three for the first time. The left-hand batsman turned the opportunity into gold by scoring 606 runs at an outstanding average of 86.57. The south-paw smashed two centuries and five fifties in the prestigious event.
Shakib in 2019 World Cup
Runs – 606
100s – 2
50s – 5
Shakib at No. 3 in ODIs
Matches – 23
Runs – 1177
Avg – 58.58
Overall as well as No.3 batsman +in ODIs, Shakib has been very successful, with an average of 58.58 in 23 matches, scoring 1177 runs.
Shakib was pushed to number four against West Indies, as he was returning to international cricket after a long break, considering his one-year ban, along with bringing stability to the batting order.
“We had a clear message to him (Shakib) when we started our camp and I privately spoke to him on this (about his batting at four) and he understood the team plan and took it positively,” Tamim Iqbal had said ahead of the ODI series against West Indies.
“This will also create a breathing space for him (Shakib). He is coming back (to international cricket) after a long time. We all know and are aware of how well he has been at number three. He is happy to bat at number four and I have told him he can go back to bat at three anytime he feels like” he had stated.