16 May 2022, 20:16

Shakib advice key in Nayeem's grand comeback to Test cricket

CHATTOGRAM, May 16, 2022 (BSS)- Offspinner Nayeem Hasan feels that little 
advice from Shakib Al Hasan helped him to thrive in a wicket, considered as 
much better for batting.

He ended with 6-105, his career-best bowling, against Sri Lanka on day two of 
the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here today and thereby made a 
strong comeback to the team.

It was indeed his first Test since February last year but he looked always 

 "Shakib is very proactive on the field. He always kept telling about little 
things like what to do, when to do. These things always benefit us," Nayeem 

Sri Lanka appeared to bury Bangladesh under avalanche of runs when they began 
the day two on 258-4. But Bangladesh's three-pronged spin attack resisted 
them, varying their pace extremely well.

Nayeem though took two wickets on day one, he leaked too many runs but on day 
two, he looked more compact. And he got the reward of this, by taking four 
more wickets. 

"I couldn't bowl well yesterday but the good thing was Shakib and Taijul 
stemmed the run flow. Later at yesterday night, I talked to Shakib who gave 
me some advice and tips. That worked well for me," Nayeem said.

It was the third five or more wickets haul for Nayeem but he rated this ahead 
of others, considering the behavior of the wicket.

"I got five wickets earlier but I will keep this ahead because of the wicket. 
The wicket was very good to bat on, so here I had to give special effort," he 

Effort is something that Nayeem said he always tried to give. He said when he 
was called up in the team due to the injury of Mehidy Hasan Miraz, he set his 
target to give his 100 percent.

"It felt bad when I heard that Mehidy Miraz got injured. But it is something 
that we couldn't avoid. However when I got a call up, I decided to give my 
100 percent, instead of thinking to get five wickets or six wicket. I knew if 
I can give my 100 percent, result will come along," he remarked.


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