Shakib is a legend, says Bangladesh spin coach

Bangladesh's spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi was in awe of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's phenemonal run in the World Cup and described him as a 'legend' of the game.

Shakib scored 51 off 69 balls to help Bangladesh post a competitive total of 262/7 and then took five for 29 to hand Afghanistan a 62-run defeat on Monday.

Joshi expressed satisfaction at the way the spin trio of Shakib, Mehidy Hasan and Mossadek Hossain bowled to the Afghan batsmen.

"As a spin coach you cannot ask for more," said Joshi, who has played 15 Test and 69 ODIs for India between 1996 to 2001.

"Shakib is a legend, no doubt. It is a source of great pride that we have a player like that in the Bangladesh side. He is Mr Consistent for us be it with the bat, the ball or in the field.

"He has really focused on his fitness and lost between five and seven kilos recently. You can see how that has paid off with his running between the wickets, you can see the hunger in his cricket. His presence is really helping us to take our whole game forward," he added.