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Mashrafe Mortaza needed to perform at the World Cup if Bangladesh wanted to do well: Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib finished with 606 run and also got 10 wickets during the edition, in which he was the sole performer for the Tigers. Mashrafe, on the other hand, could pick up only two wickets during the tournament.
Mashrafe Mortaza needed to perform at the World Cup if Bangladesh wanted to do well: Shakib Al HasanMashrafe Mortaza needed to perform at the World Cup if Bangladesh wanted to do well: Shakib Al Hasan
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Shakib Al Hasan's, Bangladesh's all-rounder, who had a stellar run in the recent World Cup 2019, believes that if their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza had pitched in with a better show, his team could have fared better than their eighth-position finish. Shakib finished with 606 run and also got 10 wickets during the edition, in which he was the sole performer for the Tigers. 

Mashrafe, on the other hand, could pick up only two wickets during the tournament. 

"I always believed that we could go a long way, and if we could get help from everyone maybe we could reach the semis," Shakib said. "For many reasons, many things do not happen. When a player is not performing, he starts thinking about his own performance more than the team. Then it becomes an issue. I think same thing happened with Mashrafe (Mortaza) bhai. Since the captain was not performing, it became a problem for him and also for the team. The captain has to perform. There is no alternative for it."

The experienced left-hander also stated that though he is not ready for ODI captaincy, he is willing to raise his game and help the youngsters around him. 

"Mentally I am not prepared for those (leadership role)," he was quoted as saying by a Bengali newspaper. "But the team is not in a condition for now, and I understand that to bring the team in a good shape it would be better if I am around and performing well.

"If I don't take that role, I can focus on my game more. It will also help the team. I want new players to take responsibility. Until you give them responsibility, you won't understand how they will do. When I was named captain at 22, who knew how good I was. We have the Test Championship and T20 World Cup coming up. We should start preparing for next four years from now."

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