Bangladesh’s top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be back in business in the Indian Premier League (IPL), after he missed the IPL 2020 due to the ICC ban on him. He was released by his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) after his ban and in the IPL 2021 auction, he came home to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Shakib has had some amazing memories with the KKR franchise, having won the IPL in 2012 and 2014 with the team before parting ways in the 2018 season. In 63 IPL matches, Shakib has 59 wickets and 746 runs with two fifties and the best bowling of 3/17.
The IPL 2021 begins on April 9 with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) facing defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the tournament opener at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. The whole tournament will take place across six cities in India- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad and all matches will be played behind closed doors.
Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel Stadium will also host the playoff and the final of the tournament to be played on May 30th.
Scoring A Hundred And Getting A Five-For In The Same Match: Shakib Al Hasan Reveals The IPL Record He Wants To Break
Talking about the upcoming IPL 2021 season, Shakib Al Hasan, in a video chat with ESPNCricinfo, answered a few questions and queries in a rapid-fire round. He said that he was looking forward to facing Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021. He also called not leaving your room in bio-bubble the toughest thing about quarantine.
“Contributing to the team’s winning cause and scoring a hundred and getting a five-for in the same match,” Shakib answered when asked about his personal goal and the record he wants to break in the upcoming IPL 2021.
He rated 2014 as his best edition in the IPL so far. He got 11 wickets and scored 227 runs while playing for Kolkata, who won their second IPL title, defeating Punjab Kings in the final that year. Shakib’s Kolkata faces Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 11 in their first game and Shakib has already begun training with the team following the end of mandatory quarantine.