“We have played over 100 Tests, but for the first time, we did something similar to this. We didn’t whitewash any team, who had been higher in rank, in the home. So this series has provided us a whole lot,” Shakib said.
It was a rare achievement on the part of the Bangladesh team. That hurt, conceded Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, after the show win.
This is not the first time Bangladesh have had a memorable series victory over the West Indies. Back in 2009they traveled to the Caribbean Islands and pulled off a 2-0 sweep against the hosts at the Test series, even though it was a badly depleted resistance line-up, led by the little-known Floyd Reifer, and boasting of no prominent players apart from Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, and Tino Best.
“I believe that [2009 win] was the beginning and that is the testament that we’re on the right path. Because we began to feel that we can triumph that show was a turning point in our cricket. However, this one is obviously special,” added Shakib.
On the other side, Kraigg Brathwaite pointed into his team’s batting failures because the main reason for the reduction, not letting even himself off the hook.
“It was very unsatisfactory. Our bowlers did a good job but the batting let us down,” said Brathwaite, who was leading the team in the injury-enforced lack of Jason Holder.
“Some of those shots weren’t the very best. Most of the games we were 30-odd for three. It put the batting order under a lot of pressure. It was not good for us at all.
“I didn’t have a fantastic series in India so that I was seeking to lead the batting. Nevertheless, it did not happen. I must keep strong and attempt to direct the batting in another series. Test cricket is a mental game. Five-hundred on the plank with the ball turning on the very first day. We might have had some talks. I played out the line of a direct ball.”