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IPL 2017: “T20 Cricket Has Affected My Bowling,” Says Shakib Al Hasan

In this era, Shakib Al Hasan is probably the best all-rounder in the world cricket due to his dual ability to contribute with both bat and ball.

The Bangladesh player has now become the backbone of his team in all the formats of the game, as from scoring big runs to taking wickets, the player comes up with great performances to tick all the boxes.

For being an all-rounder, the biggest challenge is to maintain the quality of their game, as on occasions, we have seen that the dual responsibility impacts the performance of a player. Shakib though has maintained a balance and is a suitable player for his team in all formats. Whether batting aggressively in T20s or to block the deliveries in Tests, Shakib can do both the jobs along with chipping in with the ball.

Shakib is a gem of the game who has emerged for Bangladesh in recent times. Surely, he will be one of the players to watch out for in the Champions Trophy 2017, where the team is participating after a period of 11 years, as it was in the year 2006 when Bangladesh last played the ‘Mini World Cup’. Though not a strong contender for the cup, we can still hope Bangladesh to perform well in this tournament.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, in a talk with Cricbuzz, before leaving IPL talked about few of the aspects of the game. Here are some excerpts from the interview –

On whether he considers himself a bowler who can bat or a batsman who can bowl?

“I am 50 percent a batsman and 50 percent a bowler. If I bat well, then it inspires me bowl first and if I bowl well, then there is an inspiration to bat well. So I rely upon one of the aspects and I look forward to contributing to the team.”

On challenges of being an all-rounder?

“Sometimes, the body doesn’t permit that much especially when we play in weather like in Sri Lanka where it is so hot. It was difficult to come out and bat after bowling 30-40 overs but it’s a challenge I love. I like to play in these challenging conditions.”

What changes T20 cricket has brought in your game?

“On change that T20 cricket has affected is my bowling in Test cricket. Because of playing so much T20 cricket, bowling has been affected as a bad ball in T20 cricket can be a good ball whereas, in Test cricket, only a good ball is only a good ball.”

On bowling in different situations?

“Not much change but I have been playing for Bangladesh team for so long and I have bowled in all stages and I know what to expect from the batsman. I have bowled with the new ball and have also bowled last over as well.”

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