After nine matches, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan got to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. He took 1 wicket for 20 runs in 4 overs. Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan praised Shakib’s performance.
Shakib was also in the XI in the last match of Kolkata in the IPL. He took 1 wicket with just 1 run in the first over of the match against Rajasthan Royals. Later he did not have the opportunity to bowl. However, he caught and ran out 1 in fielding. Kolkata is far ahead in the play-offs after winning the match by a significant margin of 86 runs.
West Indies’ Andre Russell suffered an injury and Shakib got a chance to play in the XI. Morgan did not make a mistake to praise Shakib at the end of the match. He said, ‘The way Shakib has come into the team and performed in the last two matches, it has made it a bit easier to make up for the lack of Andre Russell. It is difficult to fill the gap of someone like him. No Russell means genuine, no bowler and no batsman. But Shakib is doing great. He has been instrumental in our last two wins.
‘Praising Shakib in the previous match, Morgan said, “The depth and strength of being able to call up such an experienced international star like Shakib is a great luxury. He has made a significant impact in the match. ‘
Shakib of Kolkata Knight Riders played the first 3 matches of the 14th edition. After playing nine matches, Shakib played two games in a row. Then he sat in the dug-out.