Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is one of the biggest stars who emerged from Bangladesh and made his comeback recently in Cricket after serving one year ban imposed by ICC for failing to report a potential fixing during the IPL 2019 season. On his return, he played an important role in winning the ODIs series against West Indies 3-0 recently. He had scored 113 runs and picked 6 wickets against West Indies.
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Shakib’s recent performance would have cleared any doubts in the IPL Teams’ mind about his form and his all-rounder skill. His good record in the IPL will attract many IPL teams during the IPL auction 2021. The IPL auction is scheduled to take place in Chennai on February 18.
Shakib Al Hasan IPL journey so Far
Though Shakib was part of the IPL auction in 2009. But, no bids were made for Shakib during that IPL Auction year and he was not chosen by any IPL Franchise. He made his IPL debut in 2011 from Kolkata Knight Riders and performed well in that year of IPL. In 2014, KKR retained Shakib for an amount of Rs.2.80 crore. During that year, his all-rounder performance helped KKR to clinch their 2nd IPL Title. He was released by KKR ahead of IPL 2018 mega auction and picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers Hyderabad released him ahead of IPL 2020 due to one year ban on him.
Shakib had played 63 IPL matches and scored 746 runs with a strike rate of 126.66. He also scored two fifties in his IPL career. Shakib also picked 59 wickets with an economy of 7.46. (source)
Three Teams That Can Target Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib who is one of the best all-rounders in the world at this moment can bowl his quota of overs and a reliable middle-order batsman. He can fetch a lot of attention during IPL 2021 auction. Here are the three teams that can target him in the upcoming IPL auction.
1.Kings XI Punjab: KXIP who had a poor last season of IPL in UAE, released many overseas stars of their squad ahead of the IPL auction in February. Kings XI Punjab has to fill 9 slots including 5 overseas slots. With the release of the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, and Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, KXIP needs quality overseas all-rounders.
Shakib Al Hasan could be a very useful option as he provides a variety in the spin bowling attack. Both Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin are leg spinners. While Shakib is a left-arm bowler. He can bat in the middle order and solved KXIP middle-order woes.
2.Royal Challenger Banglore: RCB had a successful last season as they manage to qualify for the play-offs. RCB has released the likes of Aaron Finch, Chirs Morris, and Moeen Ali. Though in the last IPL season in UAE, three batsmen of their squad had scored more than 450 runs. Their batting was good. However, they were struggled due to the lack of depth of their batting.
Shakib Al Hasan is like to like a replacement for Moeen Ali. Roping him would give the opportunity to play Virat Kohli as an opener. While He could play at No.3. He also provides variation in bowling as Chahal is a leg spinner while Sundar is an off-spinner.
3.Chennai Super Kings: CSK had the worst last IPL season in UAE in IPL history. Chennai Super Kings have one overseas slot left ahead of IPL 2021 auction. CSK had released the likes of Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, and Kedar Jadhav. Shakib Al Hasan is the ideal choice keeping in mind Chennai’s pitch. Shakib can bat also in the middle order.
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