BAN vs SL: We Are Amongst The Fittest Test Teams – Shakib Al Hasan


Bangladesh is one of the fittest sides in Test cricket, according to premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Shakib’s comments may appear weird, especially considering that the Tigers are down to 34 for four in their ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka after yet another batting collapse.

In the second innings, the Tigers are down by 107 runs and face an uphill battle to rescue the game on the last day in Mirpur tomorrow.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan’s Statement Was Sarcastic

Shakib, however, in his customary lovely disposition, proceeded to clarify his point with a little humour.

In the press conference after the day of play, Shakib said, “I think we are one of the fittest teams in Test cricket. It is because we do fielding for the most part of the game.”

While Shakib’s claim that Bangladesh is the “fittest squad in Tests” can be contested, there isn’t much that can be said about the justification he provided to back up his claim. In the two innings of the first Test in Chattogram, the Tigers bowled 243.1 overs, while in the ongoing second Test in Mirpur, they fielded for a total of 165.1 overs.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das
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“We are extremely fit physically. We probably bowled over 400 or 450 overs in three innings of the two Tests so far. Had we not been physically fit, Liton [Das] could not have scored 141 after keeping the wicket for over 450 overs. Mushfiqur [Rahim] bhai also would not have scored 170. So, our problem is a mental one.  

“We need to work on our mental aspect. Probably we fear that we will do badly in a game. But if we think vice versa then a better outcome can be expected,” added Shakib.

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