Shakib al Hasan said the experience of playing all the games in IPL this season will stand him in good stead in the Afghanistan T20Is
Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan blamed the media for all the attention surrounding Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. With Bangladesh’s maiden bilateral series against Afghanistan, a three-match T20I series in Dehradun, India, only a week away, it is being widely discussed as to how the Tigers batsmen will tackle the threat of Rashid, the world’s No 1 bowler in the shortest format of the game.
Shakib Monday returned to Dhaka after completing the IPL T20 2018 season with Sunrisers Hyderabad and upon his return the ace Tigers all-rounder talked with the media. Bangladesh are set to travel to Dehradun Tuesday to lock horns with Afghanistan in the first of three T20Is, scheduled for Sunday.
“Who is discussing about Rashid? The players are answering about him when questioned by the media, right? Or is it the players who are discussing about him? You see all the bowlers in international cricket are of a certain standard. There will be times when the bowlers will do well and sometimes, they will not. It totally depends on the batsmen and how they handle the bowlers,” said Shakib at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
“There will be discussion if you question about him and there will be none if I don’t answer,” he added.
Shakib returned home after a somewhat prolific campaign with Sunrisers, having played all the matches this season. Shakib this season played 17 games, including the final against champion Chennai Super Kings, and scored 239 runs at an average of 21.67, with a highest score of 35. With the ball, the left-arm spinner has bagged 14 wickets.
“It was a decent season for me, but could have been better. Overall I am satisfied that the team produced results and I could personally contribute for the side. The only thing I am not happy with is, I was not able to carry my innings with the bat, despite getting good starts in most of the matches,” Shakib explained.
Shakib said the experience of playing all the games in IPL this season will stand him in good stead in the Afghanistan T20Is.
“Condition is likely to be the same. Though I did not get any match in Dehradun, I think there won’t be much difference. The wicket is likely to be the same, as it is in all the venues in India. I am looking forward to making the experience count,” said Shakib.