Shakib Al Hasan will be wearing the purple and gold of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) once again. The veteran Bangaldeshi all-rounder was part of the IPL winning sides led by Gautam Gambhir in 2012 and 2014. Shakib has been in top form since his comeback and was in the headlines for his fantastic performances against West Indies.
Snapped up at a price of just INR 3.2 crores, Shakib could go on to add a lot of value to the KKR squad. The 33-year-old is regarded among the best all-rounders in the world and continues to dominate with both the bat and the ball. After being released by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017, Shakib Al Hasan represented Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the T20I format, Shakib has phenomenal numbers. Having played 76 matches, he has picked up 92 wickets and has an economy rate well below 7! He also averages 20.58 with the ball. With the bat, Shakib Al Hasan has scored 1567 runs at an average of 23.74 and a strike rate of 123.87.
In the Indian Premier League, Shakib Al Hasan has played 63 games. He has scored 746 runs at a strike rate of 126.66 and has picked up 59 wickets at an economy rate of 7.46. In 2019, the all-rounder was banned by ICC for a year for failing to report approach from bookies. Despite that, he has bounced back strongly and has impressed in international games.
Punjab Kings were also interested in securing his services in the auction and went head-to-head with KKR. Shakib’s former team succeeded at the end. However, what could potentially prove to be decisive regarding the purchase will be the availability of the player.
In a recent statement, the BCCI made it clear to the franchises that Bangladeshi players selected in the auction will be unable to play after 19th May. Bangladesh will be hosting Sri Lanka and the players in IPL will have to return home for national duty. Despite this development, the acquisition of Shakib by KKR for a reasonable price could prove to be smart.