Soumya Sarkar said that he had a lot to learn from Shakib Al Hasan and that it was big factor for the Bangladesh players to share a dressing room with the world's number one ODI all-rounder.
Asked whether the team congratulated Shakib after his performance against Afghanistan, Soumya said: "We congratulated him in the meeting after the match. To share the dressing room with him is a big factor for us. He has so many records and we have a lot to learn from him."
He was of the opinion that Shakib's legend status can only be discussed after he finishes playing but focused on the impact Shakib is having on him.
"When he finishes playing, he will become a legend. Especially for me, I have a lot to learn from him and the more I see him, the more I am amazed. He is continuously performing and notching record after record," Soumya opined.
Soumya said that the India match on July 2 provides them with a 'chance' to go on and play the last match against Pakistan with belief. "We will try to give our best to win the match. Whether we go through to the semis is a different aspect but if we win the match [against India], the chance it will create for us will get us ready for the next match [Pakistan]," he said.
Before the match against Afghanistan, Soumya had always come on as an opener at this World Cup. Liton Das opened the innings against Afghanistan and Soumya said that he was ready to play in any position where it benefitted the team.
"I have always said that I will play where the team requires me to. If I score a run and that contributes to the team then it makes me happy."