Former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan is all set to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021. He has won two IPL titles (2012, 2014) with the franchise and in many ways he is back home. KKR roped in for Shakib for 3.2 crores. Co-owner Venky Mysore said that Shakib covers up for players like Andre Russell and Sunil Narine being among the top-all-rounders in international cricket today.
Speaking to PTI, he said that he is willing to play any role for his current IPL side and he will give his best.
“I’m open to anything to be honest. I’m very much confident, it’s just that I need one good game to get it going. If I can start well, I think I can do well for the team” the 34-year-old, who was bought by his former franchise for Rs 3.2 crore, told PTI in an interview.
In his last stint for SRH, he only played three matches, while at KKR too he may not be a regular as he’s primarily seen as a backup option for Sunil Narine.
“There are 8-10 overseas players in each team and only four can play. You cannot blame the team selection. You have to keep an open mind, keep training hard and need to make sure whenever you get a chance, you grab the opportunity with both hands” said the former Bangladesh captain.
Shakib Al Hasan is also hopeful of KKR’s chances this IPL season. Since 2018, the side has finished, third ( 2018) and fifth twice (2019, 2020).
KKR Will Be Able To Deliver What Fans Expect From Them: Shakib Al Hasan
This team has grown in last two years. This is the year I think KKR will be able to deliver the performance that fans have been asking for. I’m very much optimistic, KKR will get the result.”
KKR has a great resource for spin this season with Shakib forming a quartet with Harbhajan Singh, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarty. Kuldeep Yadav has blown cold in recent times. The two-time champions will kick-start their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on April 11.