Caribbean Premier League 2013 August 8, 2013

'Desperate to score runs' - Shakib

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder who is playing for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League, has said he is enjoying the success with the ball, but he is "desperate to score some runs". Shakib bowled a destructive spell of 6 for 6 in the match against the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, but is yet to taste success with the bat and has scores of 5, 1 and 1 from his three innings.

"If you told me I could take five wickets or score a hundred, I would take the hundred any day," Shakib said. "I am more satisfied getting runs than wickets. I am an allrounder, but I always prefer scoring runs more than my bowling so I am more desperate than anyone else right now I guess."

Shakib's poor form with the bat has followed him from England, where he was part of Leicestershire team in the FLT20, and managed 146 runs from nine innings with a best of 43. In his last match, Shakib's bowling spell skittled T&T out for 52, but he managed only 1 in the chase, playing on a Fidel Edwards delivery, and his wicket left the team in a precarious position at 36 for 5.

"In that situation I needed to bat. The plan was to see off Fidel because he was getting wickets and I played a rash shot," he said. "I could have left that ball easily because we were not chasing 150, 160 runs so I was frustrated with myself, not anything else."

Shakib, however, was happy with his bowling after registering the second-best T20 bowling figures. "I guess I was a bit lucky because you can't get six wickets every day in a T20 game," he said. "Bowling four overs, getting six wickets, once in a blue moon you may get it but I'll take it."

Barbados Tridents have not been affected by Shakib's lack of form with the bat and have registered three wins out of three in the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Shakib, Bangladesh Flag flying around you always. You made us proud in this world. Enjoy Beautiful West Indies and play you natural game. Shishir and we always wih you. Don't worry, Runs will flow through your bat because you always play for Beautiful Bangladesh and its industrious people. Eid Mubarak to you, Shishir and your proud parents. Give moral support to Tamim, hope he will make saint lucia as well as us proud too. You, Tamim, Mushfiq, Masrafee please make space in abroad for our rising stars like Nasir, Bijoy, Shohag Gazi. Be a rock solid family and fight hard with confidence. You cricketers, are the hero of us. Improve our rankings and Be world champion.

  • ARIF on August 8, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Insallah I am damn sure shakib bat will be laugh today .he is a player who can score anytime any match .hope he will play today a blasting t20 innings .also best wishes for tamim .

  • Kazi on August 8, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Shakib....a name of hope and aspirations for us....the country is proud of him.....come back inform with a dashing innings.....eid mubarak...

  • Shipu on August 8, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    His spin bowling is far more impressive than his batting. He needs to really value his wicket as he bats because once he gets a 50 in any form, he goes aggressively and throws his wicket away. In the long form, he needs to occupy the crease and score heavily. No wonder he averages only 36 because of too many 50s and very few 100s. He has the ability but its his mentality which can let his batting down. Even Mushfiqur Rahim has now become a much better Test batsman than Shakib since he can occupy the crease for long periods and has good shot selection.

  • Tauhidul on August 8, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Hope Shakib can gift us a nice Eid tomorrow with a good bowling performance and most importantly some good runs.

  • Nabil on August 8, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Yeah he badly needs to score some run before the NZ series at home. At the same time carry on your amazing bowling display. However, make sure you don't get any sort of injury before the NZ series. Best wishes!!

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