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One of the greatest-ever all-rounders, Shakib al Hasan has named his all-time IPL XI. Shakib is currently serving a two-year ban from all formats of the game for not reporting corrupt approaches from bookies. He is a two-time IPL champion with the KKR and has played the final in the 2018 edition with SRH.
Shakib, in his eight-year IPL stint, has represented only two teams, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and in 63 matches has scored 746 runs with the bat at an average of 21.31. With the ball, the left-arm spinner has taken 59 wickets at an average of 28.0.
Now, Shakib al Hasan has named his all-time IPL XI with former KKR skipper, Gautam Gambhir leading his glorious side.
Shakib al Hasan Names His All-Time IPL XI
In the opening department, Shakib went with the pair of David Warner and Robin Uthappa while Gautam Gambhir – named the captain of the side – came in at No. 3. SRH’s Manish Pandey was picked for No. 4 spot while Shakib gave himself a chance at No. 5. Hard-hitter Yusuf Pathan – who has played for both KKR and SRH – was the sixth player on the teamsheet.
Shakib then picked Windies swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell and Sunil Narine while the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Laxmipathy Balaji and Umesh Yadav completed the fast-bowling unit.
Shakib Al Hasan’s IPL XI: David Warner, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Rusell, Sunil Narine, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Laxmipathy Balaji, Umesh Yadav.
Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.
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