Shakib happy with effort and mindset
India beat Bangladesh by three wickets in a nail-biting finish to the second Test in Dhaka on Sunday to take home the series 2-0. It was a hard-fought Test, which could have gone either way after a fairly one-sided first Test in Chattogram. Here are some of the excerpts from the post-match presentation:
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan: Everyone contributed, we've played well in this venue. Shreyas and Ashwin batted well under pressure. We needed one more wicket. We can think of lots of ifs and buts but happy with the way we thought. It was unfortunate I couldn't bowl well in the first Test, but happy to have done well here. The mindset of the team makes me happy. Hopefully, we get better results next year.
Player-of-the-match Ravichandran Ashwin: Game was on the line. I thought Bangladesh played really well. The game had to be won the hard way. In these situations, sometimes you feel you need to hit your way. They bowled well. But we needed to trust our defence. I wanted to get in and support Shreyas. Pitches were good, they were a touch slow. But the ball made a difference. The hosts put us under a lot of pressure. Good performances as well.
Player-of-the-series Cheteshwar Pujara: It's been a hard series, series was very competitive. I feel I've found my rhythm. A lot of hard work has been put in, I've played many first-class games and have worked on my game. (On first-class) If you look at the gap between Test series, playing first-class helps keep in touch. Each game is important with the WTC and you have to be on top of your game. I've played many first-class and Test matches. You need to be mentally strong.