“It is slightly disappointing, as other teams don’t miss the chances that we are missing,” Shakib said after the game. “Those made the difference. We could have bowled them out for 250 instead of 314 [in the first innings]. There was a chance in the second innings [too]… But it is part of cricket. We fielded well in the T20 World Cup and the ODI series [against India], but we couldn’t do it in the Test match. Maybe it happens because of a lack of concentration or fitness.
“We have to find out how better to concentrate for longer, and avoid making mistakes. Other teams don’t give so many opportunities. We miss regulation chances. Our bowlers have to create 13-14 chances to take ten wickets. Other teams have to create nine chances to take ten wickets.”
This was another full delivery from Mehidy. Ashwin tried to tap towards the covers but it went to short leg instead. On Saturday, Mominul had taken a similar, and even tougher, catch off Mehidy to send Virat Kohli back. This time, it went out.
Shakib was hopeful even when India were closing in on victory. But “when Miraz got hit for that six” by Ashwin, when the target was 16 away, he felt the game was gone.
“Here, losing three wickets quickly is quite normal,” he said. “Getting a hat-trick was possible. I think Ashwin and Iyer both batted well on a pitch that wasn’t easy. Credit to them. I think we tried in every which way. We fell slightly short, somehow.
“When you have taken seven wickets for 75 , you can expect to win. They needed 71 runs, we needed one wicket. It is difficult to say [what went wrong], but we tried everything. Perhaps we could have bowled better, maybe created more chances, especially on this type of pitch. [But] I am happy with the way we fought throughout the Test.”
Looking back at the year gone by, though, Shakib was pleased, especially with the attitude shown by the team through 2022 when they won a Test in New Zealand and ODI series against South Africa (away) and India (at home).
“I felt that, overall, we had a great year in 2022,” Shakib said. “Our mentality, especially, where we lacked, I think we have improved a lot. The sort of things we talk about in the dressing room, the type of leadership that’s being created, we can have a different 2023.
“We should win all three Test series [all at home, against Ireland, Afghanistan and New Zealand] next year. We should have a T20 team ready in the next six months, one that will do very well in the 2024 T20 World Cup. We have a settled ODI side. We have lost just one home series since 2015 [against England in 2016]. If we can play as a team, and get contributions from every aspect, we should do well in the World Cup.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84