Ahead of Bangladesh’s tour to India for T20Is, the team lost its most talented player, Shakib Al Hasan. The premier all-rounder handed him a backdated two-year suspension, that will end after October 29, 2020. Mahmudullah has replaced him as the T20I skipper for the upcoming series.
Well, it was heartbreaking to see a cricketer like Shakib Al Hasan, who is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder, getting ban for one year, especially during this crucial time when the Indian Premier League and the ICC T20I World Cup are in the lineup.
Meanwhile, the former Indian cricketer and now Politician Gautam Gambhir is pretty aware of the value Shakib Al Hasan brings to his team. Gautam Gambhir has captained the banned star for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Shakib was in the KKR squad, the two times they emerged out as the champions in 2012 and 2014.
Talking about India vs Bangladesh series, Gambhir feels that Bangladesh is already on the backfoot without Shakib Al Hasan. He said:
“One way or other, Bangladesh are already a wicket down and India are 40 without loss as that is what Shakib is worth. He was my KKR team-mate and I know what he can do on his day,”
Gambhir also talked about how the incident surrounding Shakib may end up galvanizing the Bangladesh team. He said:
“Before this news came in I was quite certain that this will be a much closer series than the last one against South Africa was. Cricket is a funny game and this incident could end up galvanizing the visiting team. Let us see,”
He also appreciated the Bangladesh cricket team for not complaining about the pollution in the city. He said:
“I’d also like to congratulate Bangladesh for not making too much fuss about the pollution in the Capital. These are not ideal conditions to venture outdoors to forget about playing competitive sport. So well done Tigers,”
Talking about India vs Bangladesh series, the first match could also get called off due to poor visibility.