Star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is one of two Bangladesh cricketers to get a team in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League T20. The left-arm spinner-cum-middle-order batsman was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad on the first day of the IPL Players’ Auction held in Bangalore Saturday. Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman was the second Bangladeshi to get picked for the upcoming IPL, by three-time champion Mumbai Indians.
Shakib was recruited by Sunrisers for $3,12,000 following a brief contest between two franchises, Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals.
Following the auction Saturday, discussions were stirred as to why only two teams showed interest on a world class all-rounder line Shakib and that he is worth more than what he is going to be paid in the money-spinning tournament. Comparisons are being made over how other overseas all-rounders like England’s Ben Stokes fetched a massive contract worth $1,953,000.
Shakib in six seasons in the IPL averages 21.65, scoring 498 runs at a strike rate of 130.36 in 43 games. With the ball, the spinner bagged 43 wickets in as many games at an economy rate of 7.17. In his overall T20 career, Shakib averages 20.76 in 231 innings and with the leather, has notched 292 wickets in 246 innings at an economy of 6.77. The Bangladesh cricketer is also boosted with the experience of playing in almost all the leading T20 domestic franchise leagues in the world.
Sunrisers’ team analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran informed that they had expected a contest for Shakib and that the Bangladesh all-rounder would go for a higher price.
“We did expect him to go for a bigger price but from a team’s perspective it was good to have him for this money. We are very happy to have Shakib in the team, given that he ticked all the boxes that we were looking for. He is a quality bowler in the powerplays, flexible to bat between No 3 to 5 and a very smart cricketer in T20 format because of all the experience he has bagged playing franchise T20 leagues over the years,” said Shrinivaas to Dhaka Tribune Sunday.
The Indian cricket analyst opined that it might have been that the other teams were not looking for a player like Shakib when Sunrisers made the bid.
According to Shrinivaas, who is also the current Bangladesh team analyst, it all depends on how a team are looking to fit in an overseas player and there is also the fact that spinner-allrounders never had high demand in south Asian based franchise leagues.
“The teams in south Asia always look for spinner-allrounder options among the local players. There are not much options as fast bowling-allrounders for the fact that such players are produced outside of south Asia simply because of the condition. For that reason, there is high demand of overseas fast bowling-allrounders and Stokes is ideal for that. This guy can bowl and also bat in the top-order.
“In leagues such as in the Caribbean and Australia they look for spinners for general reasons that those regions do not produce many spinners. That is why spinner-allrounders are always preferred in those tournaments and Shakib for the reason is one of the most looked for,” Shrinivaas, who represents Kadamba, an India-based analytical firm, explained.
The IPL 2018 auction saw a total of 24 overseas all-rounders get a team, either bought or retained, for the season, set to start from April 4 this year. Among the overseas all-rounders picked, 17 are fast bowling-allrounders while only seven spinner-allrounders were lucky to get roped in.
Delhi Daredevils with three pacer-allrounders picked the most of the kind while Sunrisers picked the most overseas all-rounders in the shape of two pacers and as many spinners. English pace bowling-allrounder Stokes is the most expensive overseas all-rounder of the season with $1,953,000. The 26-year-old Durham cricketer last season grossed one of the highest bids going to Rising Pune Supergiant. Led by Steve Smith, Pune had reached the grand finale of IPL 10 but lost to Mumbai by just one run.
With a strike rate of 136.17 in T20Is, and bold performances in other formats, Stokes played 12 matches for Pune last season, scoring 316 runs at an average of 31.6 with his highest being 103 not out. An impressive strike rate of 142.98 makes him a dangerous man out in the middle and represents an attractive pick for the IPL franchises.
Overseas all-rounders in IPL 2018 (till January 28)