Southampton: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan produced a sensational all-round performance to guide his team to a 62-run victory over Afghanistan at the ICC World Cup 2019 on Monday (June 24). Now, Shakib has turned his focus to the July 2 match against India and he knows it won’t be easy against Virat Kohli and Co.

Shakib won the Man-of-the-match award in Southampton as he hit a fifty (51) and took a five-wicket haul (5/29) against Afghanistan. He is only the second all-rounder after India’s Yuvraj Singh to achieve the rare feat in a World Cup game. Yuvraj had scored a half century and taken five wickets in 2011 World Cup match against Ireland.

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Speaking to the media after the victory, Shakib said they have to be at their best to defeat India in Birmingham, one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

“First things first, we have a very important game coming up against India. They are the top side. They are someone who is looking at the title. So it's not going to be easy, but having said that, we'll give our best shot,” Shakib said.

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Shakib is one of the four players who were part of the team that upset India in the 2007 World Cup. And despite the experience, the left-hander admitted that it is not everything when it comes to beating a side like India which has “world-class players”.


“Experience will help, but experience is not the end of the world. We have to play our best cricket in order to be able to beat India. They got world-class players who can take the matters on their own hand. As I said, we have to be at our best, and I believe that we are a capable enough team,” he said.

In  that famous win at 2007 World Cup, Shakib, opener Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim had struck half centuries while the current captain Mashrafe Mortaza had scalped four. All the four are set to play again in this edition.