IPL 2018: Wrist spinners are the key in limited-overs cricket, feels Shakib Al Hasan

[caption id="attachment_65530" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Shakib Shakib Al Hasan was in all praise for wrist spinners. Image Source: twitter[/caption]


XtraTime Web Desk: Bangladesh cricket team captain Shakib Al Hasan feels that the wrist spinners are slowly becoming the most important weapons for all the captains in the limited overs format and their ability to turn the ball not depending on the condition of the pitches make them more vulnerable against any batsman.

Ace Indian wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been impressive for the national team during the past year.

“Not everyone is used to playing against wrist spinners, so batsmen are finding it difficult to negotiate. They (leg-spinners) can turn the ball on any type of wicket, so its an advantage for them," Shakib told PTI during an interaction.

“But the more you play, the better you adapt. It’s a new thing now. But Im sure the batsmen will adapt quickly and will be able to play them easily,” Shakib added.

Asked about his combination with Rashid, Shakib replied: "It’s a good combination going on. He is doing well for the team for a long time. It is indeed a big plus to have a bowler like Rashid in our team. Hopefully, he will win more matches for us."

Having won two titles with Kolkata Knight Riders, it will be a strange feeling for the likes of Shakib, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan to turn up at the Eden Gardens for the Orange Army.

“We won the title twice there. Of course, I’ve some great memories attached with KKR in the seven-year association. But Orange is my colour now,” Shakib said.

In IPL, it’s not in your hands as to which team you would be picked. The franchises have the last say. We have to move on. Hopefully, I will be able to create some good memories with Sunrisers Hyderabad as well. Thats my aim."

Earlier this month, Shakib and his family were invited by the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official resident Ganabhaban.

Shakib termed it a courtesy call and said it has got nothing to do with politics.

It was a courtesy call. She loves cricket very much and always encourages cricketers.

Asked whether he has thought about politics post-retirement, the 31-year-old said,”Nobody can say about his future. I want to live in the present. But Im not ruling out anything.”

“I have not given any thought to it, it’s difficult to talk about it now. Cricket is my life and my focus will stay there only,” he signed off.

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