Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 13, 2012

Shakib helps Kolkata win low-scoring game

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Kolkata Knight Riders 137 for 5 (Kallis 31, Bisla 29) beat Rajasthan Royals 131 for 5 (Shah 31, Dravid 28, Shakib 3-17) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shakib Al Hasan had sat out Kolkata Knight Riders' first two matches, much to the disappointment of his fans in Bangladesh, but on a slow and turning Eden Gardens pitch he responded with a match-winning performance. He struck three crucial, timely blows with the ball, squeezing out whatever momentum Rajasthan Royals had managed to build, and then smashed a couple of boundaries to prevent a tricky chase from getting trickier in the closing stages.

It was Shakib's haul of 3 for 17 that proved decisive in the end. He dismissed the Royals openers after their partnership had started to gather pace; he came back to break another substantial stand, between Shreevats Goswami and Owais Shah, that could have hurt Knight Riders. Royals, though, somehow adapted to the slowness of the pitch, and took 15 runs off the last over to set Knight Riders a challenging target.

Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla ensured Knight Riders did not lose wickets as they kept up with the modest asking-rate, and Shakib and Manoj Tiwary produced the few big strokes needed towards the end.

Royals had started well, with Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane putting on 45 in six overs. Dravid got away a few boundaries with uncharacteristic charges down the track against the medium-pacers while Rahane cover-drove and swept offspinner Sunil Narine for consecutive boundaries.

Shakib, though, had an immediate impact. Rahane tried to push Shakib's first delivery on the off side, but it turned sharply to take the outside edge to the wicketkeeper. The second ball of Shakib's second over was tossed up invitingly. Dravid went after it, and found extra cover.

In between those two dismissals Ashok Menaria, batting ahead of Brad Hodge and Owais Shah, ran himself out after a couple of let-offs.

Royals had slipped from 45 for no loss to 49 for 3 but Shah and Goswami were to double that score with safe accumulation. The duo threatened more damage after taking 16 off the 16th over, bowled by Rajat Bhatia.

Enter Shakib in the 17th over. Shah drilled him down the ground for four but Goswami mishit a sweep to midwicket. Narine bowled an excellent penultimate over, getting a clueless Shah stumped off a flicked delivery that spun away from the right-hander. Johan Botha was rendered as clueless as Shah for the rest of the over, which went for just three.

Royals managed to swing L Balaji for a couple of boundaries in the last over to give their attack just about enough to defend on a helpful pitch. Though Gautam Gambhir was run out early, Kallis and Bisla were in control as they chipped away at the target. The medium-pacers were targeted, as was left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan. Johan Botha and Brad Hogg were negotiated without needless bravado.

The highest the asking-rate was allowed to go was eight an over after the 17th. When it reached that level, Knight Riders had Shakib, who delivered. Again.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    There r cricket nations with gud cricketing skills like Aus, Pak and Srk there r only one cricketing nation with commercial prospect that's India. There r only one cricketing nation with both cricketing skill and commercial prospect, that's Bangldesh; Compared to IPL, BPL was a high scoring tournament and Big Bash wasn't that success. What a shame for India that cud never name a bowling legend though playing test for more than 50 yrs and with 120 crore population. Kapil was more like a med pacer, wasn;t scary at all. Whatever indians say abt BD, the ICC cann't deny BD as their powerful member as BD has superb commercial prospect @ the same time plyrs like Sakib, Tamim, Mushfik, Nasir and Mashrafe. I bet within 2/3 yrs Indian jealous rivals would discuss other issues than criticizing BD players, and mind it India has no contribution in BD cricket, it is Pakistan who supplied players for our cricket, Aus national coach and Srllk junior level coaches. not even invited us to play test.

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    well played shakib and congrats KKR. shakib should bat 4.

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Mohammad Sams E Tabriz - Kohli is picked as a batsman, and Mortaza is picked as a bowler. So comparing the bowling performance of a part time bowler with that of a full time bowler is ridiculous.. Its like asking Mortaza to score a century in IPL. Can he do it? LOL. Certainly not.

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @Bruisers, what actually do u mean to say by tagging shakib under a slow wicket wonder? well, every cricfreak knows that each and every spinner in the world would love to get a slow pitch to bowl on..besides shakib played brilliantly in county cricket as well, will u call that tracks slow as well? honestly man if go urself a bit slower than you're going now to understand his calibre, you'll simply be going backwards yourself :D

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    KKR team should be given chance to Shakib to play rest of all match.......... although he play badly............

  • on April 15, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    we should all pray for shakib other than making controversial him in this IPL

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @Mahmud Ul Hasan - So what you are saying is BPL was made for making monetary profits and not for developing young talent??

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Mohammad Farhan Salim - I think he was talking about IPL and you have mentioned Champions League for no reason..

  • Khairul101 on April 15, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    We know that IPL is short version cricket tournament, there has more money. Fans has no profit without enjoying cricket. Because we love cricket for his glamors. @rocking_>>>@Brui>>>>@cool>>>>and more angry fans who missed Shakib, that we need to stop argument.Class_1 always one, it is no matter that where he played, whose against he played. Record made by ball to ball run to run wicket to wicket. Shachin not grown one day. This the way to go ahead. But that for Shakib matters ha-deck for India ? May be. Because he is B'Deshi. Last that KKR be champion by Shakib show.

  • SUMIT84 on April 14, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Calm down Bangla boys! Shakib is a good player but don not portray him as a God. We Indians understand you have no interest in IPL or even KKR just like we do not even care about your BPL copied our own and the biggest T20 championship IPL. This forum looks more like Bangladesh fan club. It will be appreciated if you can add to the discussion board with intelligent and smart views rather that cry foul about KKR team management or IPL. We KKR fans don't care about Shakib but KKR wining IPL. Thats the bottomline. Shakib played well and he is good player but he will need to be consistent just like any other other KKR player. So save your passion for some intelligent discussion.

  • on April 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    There r cricket nations with gud cricketing skills like Aus, Pak and Srk there r only one cricketing nation with commercial prospect that's India. There r only one cricketing nation with both cricketing skill and commercial prospect, that's Bangldesh; Compared to IPL, BPL was a high scoring tournament and Big Bash wasn't that success. What a shame for India that cud never name a bowling legend though playing test for more than 50 yrs and with 120 crore population. Kapil was more like a med pacer, wasn;t scary at all. Whatever indians say abt BD, the ICC cann't deny BD as their powerful member as BD has superb commercial prospect @ the same time plyrs like Sakib, Tamim, Mushfik, Nasir and Mashrafe. I bet within 2/3 yrs Indian jealous rivals would discuss other issues than criticizing BD players, and mind it India has no contribution in BD cricket, it is Pakistan who supplied players for our cricket, Aus national coach and Srllk junior level coaches. not even invited us to play test.

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    well played shakib and congrats KKR. shakib should bat 4.

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Mohammad Sams E Tabriz - Kohli is picked as a batsman, and Mortaza is picked as a bowler. So comparing the bowling performance of a part time bowler with that of a full time bowler is ridiculous.. Its like asking Mortaza to score a century in IPL. Can he do it? LOL. Certainly not.

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @Bruisers, what actually do u mean to say by tagging shakib under a slow wicket wonder? well, every cricfreak knows that each and every spinner in the world would love to get a slow pitch to bowl on..besides shakib played brilliantly in county cricket as well, will u call that tracks slow as well? honestly man if go urself a bit slower than you're going now to understand his calibre, you'll simply be going backwards yourself :D

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    KKR team should be given chance to Shakib to play rest of all match.......... although he play badly............

  • on April 15, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    we should all pray for shakib other than making controversial him in this IPL

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @Mahmud Ul Hasan - So what you are saying is BPL was made for making monetary profits and not for developing young talent??

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Mohammad Farhan Salim - I think he was talking about IPL and you have mentioned Champions League for no reason..

  • Khairul101 on April 15, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    We know that IPL is short version cricket tournament, there has more money. Fans has no profit without enjoying cricket. Because we love cricket for his glamors. @rocking_>>>@Brui>>>>@cool>>>>and more angry fans who missed Shakib, that we need to stop argument.Class_1 always one, it is no matter that where he played, whose against he played. Record made by ball to ball run to run wicket to wicket. Shachin not grown one day. This the way to go ahead. But that for Shakib matters ha-deck for India ? May be. Because he is B'Deshi. Last that KKR be champion by Shakib show.

  • SUMIT84 on April 14, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Calm down Bangla boys! Shakib is a good player but don not portray him as a God. We Indians understand you have no interest in IPL or even KKR just like we do not even care about your BPL copied our own and the biggest T20 championship IPL. This forum looks more like Bangladesh fan club. It will be appreciated if you can add to the discussion board with intelligent and smart views rather that cry foul about KKR team management or IPL. We KKR fans don't care about Shakib but KKR wining IPL. Thats the bottomline. Shakib played well and he is good player but he will need to be consistent just like any other other KKR player. So save your passion for some intelligent discussion.

  • Sidd_Cric on April 14, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @Bruiser Murtaza was under utilized like they are doing with Shakib by playing 1 or 2 match. Murtaza's Dhaka Glads can take on any IPL side anytime. That is why the INDIAN champions league did not allow BPL champions. Anyways, you can ask non Bengali or non Indian people here and see what they think about spinners for BD and India. Elias Sunny or Enamul are way better than Ashwin or Jadeja and check out their econ rate in CRICINFO. There is no comparison between Dinda or any Indian pacer with Bangladeshis any day. Your pacers are considered by your media as the worst bowlers in the world.

  • on April 14, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @bruisers-for your kind information the worst bowling figures in ipl are 4-0-59-0 held by RP Singh,A Mishra and Trivedi.in champions league its 4-0-69-0 by Sreenath Aravind!!

  • on April 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @ Bruisers: I guess you have see bowling Virat Kohl(28 run in one over)... U are talking about Mortaza.. Someone has to have heart to bowl the last over which none had that moment .... I also don't wanna bring comparison but please u need to understand the point that KKR really made a mistake not playing Sakib in the first 2 game...

  • sunny0700 on April 14, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    At last KKR team management understood that big players does not only come from SA or AUS. I was extremely impressed the way Shkib performed with bat n bowl. He should be played in all the remaining matches. It's good that KKR at last found the right combination. Long way to go though. All the very best wishes.

  • nillchele on April 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Shakib Is Shakib. Agree or Not He Is World Number One All Rounder Now. And Also Hope Next Three Years He Is Number One All Rounder.Any One Remember Who Was The Indian World Number One All Rounder???? I Am Waiting For India -Bangladesh Series!!!

  • tisra on April 14, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @Bruisers :: Get your facts right before you talk nonsense. ICC ranking takes opposition team strength into full consideration, otherwise you would have seen Ryan Tendo topping the batting chart by miles and Bangladesh/Ireland a lot higher than they are. Shakib is also leading the test allrounder ranking playing only one off test against Zim. Plz dont say that test made all the difference. And about home privilege, don't you think someone might question India's being Test no 1 on the same ground, regarding their current pathetic away performance? Even enemies can show respect, I think we are rivals, not even enemies.

  • tasdik2012 on April 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    @ Bruisers, I have one question, can we judge a player's ability and potential based on a single T20 games performance? Mortaza has won many matches for Bangladesh against quality teams. Because of Mortaza, India lost two times against Bangladesh (He was man of the match two times against India, one of the match was the famous victory in 2007 world cup). I sincerely believe that we have lots of other things to discuss in our cricket forum other than the boring topic of "who is better than whom"

  • tasdik2012 on April 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    This is really getting boring. We have nothing to debate regarding Shakib Al Hasan's performance. We should be discussing about the performance of the whole KKR team. We all have our own opinions. This unnecessary debate about one particular player is turning out to be burning issue in each and every game. Why? Let the bat and ball to answer all the questions. Illogical debate will not bring any good for any of us. In India there are even some people who even do not want to see great Sachin Tendulkar continue playing now days. But that's their own personal opinion. We should respect every person's opinion.

  • on April 14, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Guys, stop ur argument please. U should not debate or think negative about anything which is good. Remember, all the good or great players are the asset of world's cricket.no matter which country they r from. India definitely has a lot of good or class cricketers,even some unbelievable fine cricketers. on the other hand, Bangladesh has also some renowned cricketers,may be they r a few in numbers. but surely they have n we should appreciate them. Ultimately it will be the benefit of our cricket.

  • naveenpnayak on April 14, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Would love to see Tait play for RR.. He is a real match winner.. He is the one who can turn the game on heels.. Tait and Shah has to play for RR.. RR are short of good bowlers.. They can select 2 foreign players out of Hodge, Botha and Hogg.

  • Sarfin on April 14, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Proud of you Shakib! To my fellow Bangladesh fans, we don't need to argue for Shakib. He himself is capable of winning any challenge. Many cricket elites(!) are not willing to give the credit we deserve. But slowly we are starting to earn respect. So cool down guys. We shouldn't behave like 'them'.

  • on April 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @ Bruisers :: r u kidding me, man ?? I blv that u commented that just for the sake of debating only. Listen, we allowed more international player in the playing 11 not because of our limitation of local talents, rather we are smart enough to understand that we don't need millions of bull-shit T-20 players and we are smart enough to make it more interesting and profitable one and invest that money to 1st class structure where real players will be created not in bullshit T-20 league.

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @Saiful Islam Sujoy - I'm talking about IPL not Asia Cup. The first and the last time Mortaza played IPL, he had figures of 4-0-58-0 playing for KKR. He couldn't even defend 21 runs off the last over and got hit for 26 runs in that match. KKR lost the match from a winning position because of him and only him.. This still remains the worst IPL bowling performance. And look how brilliantly Dinda is bowling now.

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on April 14, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Sometime fans are right where professional team management are totally wrong. Sakib, Balaji and Bishla are the examples. Fans knew that they play beetter cricket.

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on April 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    It will be better for KKR if Sakib play in 4 position.

  • Percy_Fender on April 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals should drop Botha and Amit Singh and bring in Stuart Binny and Pankaj Singh for bowlers and Dinesh Chandimal for one of the batting spots. Botha is just not good enough and is probably playing only because the franchise has paid through its nose getting him. I think they thought he had something to do with Ian Botham when they bought him. Stuart Binny is a match winner as we saw in the ICL days. I wish Rahul would take Stuart instead of thinking that eye brows would be raised because both of them are from Karnataka

  • on April 14, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @Bruisers: Do u have any real first bowler in ur team?

  • on April 14, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @Bruisers.......do u forget when BANGLADESH hammered Dinda in Asia cup

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 14, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    we should stop debating regarding Sakib Al Hasan. he showed his class withing last two match. He is talent by nature. Sachin Tendulkar is also talen by nature as like Sakib Al hasan. If someone dont like Sakib, its different matter. As a cricket Fan we should respect all good player, Sakib is a good player. thats all.

  • on April 14, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Sakib is truly a great cricker...

  • on April 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Indians were zealous about BPL, so they didn't give permission to their players to play in BPL.

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @goldenjewel - No. I think he is there because of the number of matches Bangladesh plays against teams like Zimbabwe and that too almost all of them at home. Bangla hasn't toured a major Test playing nation for a very long time now.. He is good only on slow tracks.

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @Sidd_Cric - Start naming some good domestic fast bowlers from Bangladesh.. All that you named were spinners, which India has in hundreds.. Mortaza?? Firstly he is not a domestic bowler.. Pacers like Dinda, Unadkat and Mithun are better than Mortaza on any given day.

  • Ibra95 on April 14, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Superb innings from Shakib: 3 for 17 and 16 runs from 10 balls! Excellent job KKR!!!! Continue like this and u'll win 4 sure!!!

  • on April 14, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @Bruisers: 1 good performance by India and you keep on playing that in TV for years. Lol. Carry on Sakib. You have proved time and again that you are the best. Show it in this IPL

  • goldenjewel on April 14, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @Bruisers: what do you think shakib are at the top of ranking of alrounders both in test and oneday cricket with only one or two good performance? He was the man of tournament in BPL with one or two good performance? He was the man of the tournament in Asia cup with one or two good performance? IS IT Bruisers ?

  • on April 14, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    well played kkr and well played Shakib, its just the begaining...

  • AKM_Saifullah on April 14, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Looks like KKR has finally found their best 11. Yusuf might be playing at No 4, Shakib at 5 and Tiwary at 6. They may want to bring Lee back and play Abdulla depending on pitch condition. Morgan might be drafted in replacing Tendo as this may further bolster their batting depth.

  • arnob216 on April 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @Bruisers,, according to you a player needs 1 good performance to be no. 1? Lolz man,, probably you did not watch Asia cup... Why would not we follow the matches where Shakib and Tamim would play? Are you nuts? And yes BPL of course has lower quality domestic players cauz our domestic situation is not so good as India... I agree... But, several BD players played superbly...

  • Dunwall on April 14, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    @Maruful Hasan Chowdhury: HA HA HA HA HA HA....(continued!) Man! Great come back!

  • on April 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Kolkatta Knight Riders seems like they are the best bowling attack in this IPL5. we saw the even aggressive Chennai Super Kings struggled to get even 120 in their 20 overs again KKR...... the main reason for this is Knight Riders have a Legendary bowling coach no other than the "One & Only" Wasim Akram...

  • vrn59 on April 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Including Shakib al Hasan in the playing XI finally paid off for KKR! The Bangladeshi fans are understandably ecstatic, haha. But jokes apart, playing al Hasan was a good move by coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Gautam Gambhir. al Hasan and Jacques Kallis must be two permanent fixtures in the side, while the remaining two overseas player slots could be given to Brendon McCullum / Ryan ten Doeschate (recommended) / Eoin Morgan and Brett Lee (recommended) / Marchant de Lange (although I have a feeling he can be a bit inconsistent) / Sunil Narine. My XI: 1. G Gambhir (it's great to see him open the innings) 2. JH Kallis 3. MK Tiwary 4. YK Pathan (must bat up the order in order to be able to make an impact) 5. S al Hasan 6. ten Doeschate 7. MS Bisla (wk) (he can be shifted up the order as a pinch-hitter) 8. R Bhatia 9. B Lee / SP Narine (I would ideally pick Lee, but would prefer Narine in spin-friendly conidtions) 10. I Abdulla 11. L Balaji.

  • jorosacric on April 14, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    first of all thnx to kkr management for giving shakib a slot to prove...it was on the card..he can turn around any match both bat and ball..like to see him at no.4..cause he is not a dasher down the order just wastes of his batiing talent..he plays spin veryt well in the middle over .its very hard to get a dot from sakib and he will give u the occationa boundary...well playing kallis its like everymatch kkr putting too much pressure on big hitter like pathan ,tendo.we all know he doing runs but whats his strike rate its below standard.well his bowling can easily be done by tendo even batia..with due respect to kallis he is not fit for t20 like ipl...morgan should get a chance..he is a natural attacking batsman will give much more flexibility to kkr..my four overseas lee morgan tendo shakib..if slow track then lee should replace by narine

  • Sidd_Cric on April 14, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @Bruisers I agree with your comment about the Batsmen on BPL. Bisla, Tiwari and others definitely have better skill in batting in IPL than BPL batsmen in BD. But, Elias Sunny, Mashrafee Mortuza. Enamul Haque Jr bowls way way way much better than Dinda, Kumar and all. India banks on their batting and might be the worst bowling team in all ICC test playing nation. Besides, 5 foreign player made things more interesting and more global. It promoted competition for local players to perform well while creating a global interest. I have watched whole BPL and now watching IPL. BPL was must more entertaining than IPL where players like Gambhir and Vinay Kumar gets sold for Millions (It's like buying something work 10 rupees with 1000 rupees). It is funny to see that players like Dilshan have to sit on bench due to that 4 foreigner rule which make things boring. Same with Shakib or Brett Lee today.

  • on April 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    @Bruisers, shala kuttar baccha.

  • RhythmMithuSports on April 14, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    As Bangaldeshi i feel proud for Shakib Al Hasan who given us 1419 1st day(pahela Boishak) Full 'Bangla Day' for Both BANGLA..... Shuvo Nabow Barsho Kolkata....

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @Mahmud Ul Hasan - BPL does not have good domestic players.. I mean look at the domestic batsmen.. Apart from a couple of them, no one even knows batting technique (including your 'greats' like Ashraful).. Same with the bowlers too. And moreover 5 foreigners per side LOL. The organizers themselves knew the limitations of the 'talent' they have.. It would be appropriate to call it Pakistan Premier League.

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    'We are following only the matches in which Tamim and Shakib are playing" LOL that means you people ARE following IPL.. Thats the bottom-line and don't run away from the simple fact.

  • Bruisers on April 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    We wouldn't have had so many comments on this article if Shakib had played poorly yesterday. LOL @Bangla fans. One good performance and they keep chanting his name for months to come..

  • on April 14, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    We do not follow IPL, we just follow our team and our players.

  • Sweekar on April 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @asif hasan, it was the new year in Nepal too, n i m a KKR fan from Nepal.. so it was equally grt for us too..

  • GabbyAnn on April 14, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Personally I feel Sakib should not counted as foreign player, He is one of our's esp. for KKR....Good to see that all Bangladeshi's are supporting KKR, but guys please remember even in International matches dont comment negative esp. when ur playing with India, We are always there for U'll......Thanks again ! Sakib ur da best...Wish U all da best and wish to c u in rest of the matches for KKR....

  • 786.19 on April 14, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    ALHAMDULILL-H.Congratulation to sakib and kkr.

  • on April 14, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    1st Man of the match in IPL by a Bangladeshi Player.Really proud of you Shakib.Thanks to KKR for realizing the importance of Worlds best Allrounder.......

  • on April 14, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    shakib is the best player in all format of cricket.

  • on April 14, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    undoubtedly Sakib is the no. 1 alrounder in the universe!

  • sajalchy on April 14, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Hope Sakib will do the same performance against rest of the team...only for Sakib and Tamim ,the whole Bangladesh is supporting KKR and Pune. Plz Dada give a chance to Tamim to prove himself

  • on April 14, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Great victory. Today it is the first day of Bangla new year (celebrated in kolkata ,west bengal and in bangladesh).So happy new year to all KKR supporters. (শুভ নববর্ষ)

  • on April 14, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Thanks India for nice IPL. @cool2cool, we enjoy game; it does not matter where it is. IPL will lose its value without foreign players, so IPL need star like Shakib, Gayle, Pitterson….., and Bangladeshis are watching IPL to see those cricketers performance.

  • Rezwan1492 on April 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    To cool2cool, Keep your IPL to yourself, we watch it for Shakib not for your tournament. When he plays in county we watch that too. So there is no credit for your tournament, it is our player why we watch it. So you stay with your IPL, and we stay with BPL. And in your response to whether we need it or not? Ask yourself about it, I think you need it, and that is even badly. Cause even IPL couldn't help you win against us.

  • DOLON on April 14, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    If KKR needs victory, they should always include that 'TIGER' in the 11.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 14, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Shakib is currently best All-rounder & most effective one with Slow Left Arm spin. That's why he per4mes well in International level, County cricket, IPL or BPL. But it's not same about some other good spin all-rounder as they lack batting ability. Btw, I also wanna see English-Irishman Eoin Morgan in main 11 along with Mc-cullum, Kallis & Shakib. Ryan is a good all-rounder but KKR need to boost up their Middle-order batting & Shakib-Morgan-Yusuf will b best combination for no.5,6,7 slots.

  • Hawk27 on April 14, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Shakib was just impressive last night. And request to all fans from Bangladesh & also India to focus on only the game, not biting each other. And what's wrong to show respect towards good players like Balazi & Shakib ? plese be generous ... ...

  • on April 14, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    He is ICC best All rounder................ This truly speech indian people do not believe

  • ridwan0002 on April 14, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Good to see KKR is realizing the importance of Shakib. Good to see him as no. 5 at least. Good job KKR.....just carry on and enjoy the game as a team.

  • on April 14, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Congratulation KKR and Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib proved that the team selection in the first two matches were wrong. In those matches, Bisla and Shakib were out of 1st eleven only for non informed McCullum and that caused the consecutive losses. Bisla is a hard heater and consistent (unlike McCullum who plays once in a blue moon), and shakib is such an allrounder who can stand alone and struggle nicely when team collapses either with the bat or ball.. (So, KKR team management should regret now for not selecting shakib and bisla in the first two matches.)

  • on April 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    go sakib go,all Bangladeshi supporting u.

  • on April 14, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Inshallah Shakib will prove it again & again if he get fair chances. Let we all the Bangladeshi pray for him.

  • on April 14, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    I dont know why KKR not playing SHAKIB AL HASAN??????????? bt SHAKIB AL HASAN IS THE BEST ALL ROUNDER INTHE WORD............. shakib is real hero 4 KKR

  • on April 14, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Congratulation Sakib to have pie on Ghambhir's face.It was only matter of time to deliver his best.Once again he showed that why he is no 1 always.Go Sakib Go Bangladesh.

  • on April 14, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @cool2cool :: ya u r true that there were not many fan from INDIA following BPL. but that is not because of its quality rather it is because there were no INDIAN player in this year and i think you will be seeing lots of people will be following in next year from india as indian players are gonna play in next episode. and I saw a huge number of follower from the countries whose players were here. specially from pakistan. Even I saw one of their channel arranging a special show with cricket exparts !! now if you come to quality, I should say both are parallel. all the stars you see here was there as well except Indian stars but was compensated by pakistani stars. moreover number of teams were lower in BPL allowing more stars/teams. and most importantly, more number of international player allowed in playing 11 made it more competitive. you can check the player list of Sakib's khulna team or Masrafee's Dhaka Gladiator team, I think you will understand my point...

  • ddlj26 on April 14, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Ok looking at the comments here i thought i was in the wrong league or something, is this the BPL or the IPL we are talking about here lol :), Anyways i think bangaldeshi fans need to chill out and relax for a while, yes us indians know shakib is a class act and is your version of sachin tendulkar hin banglades... but trying to demean some others and praising him doesnt get your point across.... let class speaks for itself and we will stick to that

  • arif270191 on April 14, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    mr. jonathanjoseph i like your comments. you are right about the minnows team. they must get the oppurtunities to in such a big circuit like ipl. they have a lot of things to improve.best of luck kkr and the pride of bangladesh, shakib

  • on April 14, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    sakib al hasan match winer kalkata team.man of the match KKR V RR.

    sakib best criketer in the world.

  • on April 14, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    It's sad to see fans bashing fans. We should be respecting each other. But for the information for the whole world - Bangladeshis do not follow the whole IPL. Eyes are kept in the team selection of KKR and Warrior games. If Shakib or Tamim doesn't play, the IPL doesn't have any meaning. It's rather our players we are supporting, not even the teams, let alone IPL.

  • on April 14, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    hey KKR fans not to be so excitited.....why you feel so excited ?????..... shakib got only one man of the match award.... if he get chance with bat enough,not only with ball........surely he get more man of the match awards...it is just Beginning

  • anandodhara on April 14, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    We follow IPL because we love cricket and also because our precious Shakib and Tamim is playing there. I don't know why Indians didn't follow BPL, all cricket lovers of the world were following and enjoyed the cricket superstars of the world(specially from Pakistan), maybe Indians are too jealouse to watch other peoples success, if you love cricket you will love any good cricketer. I personally love watching Indian cricketers, Bangladeshi good cricketers as well as all great cricketers of the world. Cricket is a global game, we can be proud of our respective countries but in doing that w emust not disrespect others and at the end of the day the winner should be cricket itself. Peace...

  • on April 14, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Once again sakib prove that,he is da best,he is da no.1 allrounder in the world.Shakib is da best we r da best.............

  • aamir084 on April 14, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    @ cool&cool. No one is bashing Indian fans we are just stating that it was not fair to make shakib sit out for the first two games. At his form right now he should be given priority to play if he doesn't perform then sure replace him with someone else. To you other comment about IPL and how its so important for Bdesh players and indian fans dont care about BPL. I only want to point out that 90% of people in Bangladeshis only and I mean only give a damn about IPL because of Shakib and Tamim so please dont be mistaken that we need the IPL. Without the x factors (Shakib & Tamim) we care much as for IPL as you care for BPL.

  • Rohon420 on April 14, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    U question our talent,u under-estimate our capabilities, datz what you get!!!! Shakib Al Hasan is beyond class....He is more than an asset to us...Evry1 witnessed the class of Shakib today...He just proved it y he is da no.1 allrounder!!!! Salute u SHAKIB Al HASAN!!! He outclassed them all and showed his class...As alwayz,Form is Temporary but Class is Permanent & Shakib is beyond Class...Go Shakib!!!

  • on April 14, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @cool2cool: from where did you get the impression that most of the Bangladeshis are following IPL? We are following only the matches in which Tamim and Shakib are playing. So come out of your delusion. Oh, you already did after that 4-0's in England and Australia, the one-dayers in Australia and most recently in Asia Cup, didn't ya?

  • on April 14, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    May I have all of your attention please! Shakib wasn't chosen to play in the first two matches, KKR had to digest two heavy defeats. Shakib played last two matches brilliantly, they had two heroic wins. What a change in the point tally!!!

  • on April 14, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    I don't think many Indians feel Shakib is mediocre. He's a proven performer, and KKR were naive not to get him into the team last- and this year.

  • cric_croc643849 on April 14, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @cool2cool, our players or viewers do not need IPL. As viewers, we are only interested in the matches when our players are playing. BD players are already making loads of money sitting in BD. If you have guts, why not play test/ODI series with BD now. I am sure with Tendulakar/Dravid gone, your national team is only good enough to beat Afghanistan as most of your current international players can not play outside India. With IPL every year, your local players will never be able to adjust in the overseas conditions. And India will remain the same as it is is for past 50 years: TIGER in home ground & cat when playing overseas.

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 14, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @cool2cool : Nobody is following IPL, they are just following Shakib's game. Any time Shakib plays we all follow that, it doesn't matter he plays in Bangladesh or in India.

  • cric4zh on April 14, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    shakib just started showing who is ordinary ,waiting a reply from Virender Sehwag.

  • on April 14, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Congratulations, Sakib! We are proud of you and KKR team management is now forced to do some soul searching about their yardsticks to pick the best XI from now on...

  • audriloveBD on April 14, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @cool2cool, Most of the Bangladeshi people don't watch IPL, if they do they only watch those matches where either Shakib (or Tamim) is playing. We love BD and the BD players, that's it!!!

  • cric4zh on April 14, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Shakib is a natural gift player for the world cricket...........greets for u all from a BD fan.

  • Riduan on April 14, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    SMART CRICKET SHAKIB LOVE TO SEE MANY MORE ON COMING MATCHES .I AGREE WITH BROTHER ALI.THANKS

  • on April 14, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Shakib has match wining capacity. Not only he is No. 1 all rounder but also he performed well in BPL and judged man of the tournament. Don't just treat him low as he is from Bangladesh. Remember where is Dhoni or Sourav from. They proved their class to the world.

  • cool2cool on April 13, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @Only to all those Bangla fans bashing Indian fans: Remember, it is Indian Premier League and your players need it and not the vice-versa. Not many Indians fans even watched a single match in BPL, but most of you are following whole IPL so closely just proves it. BTW Shakib is a great cricketer and therefore he is there in IPL.

  • Ziad005 on April 13, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    where is India_boy and Rocking_IPL?? they told Shakib is below average and mediocre, number 1 as others dnt perfrm bla bla.. now what will u say??? Answer me

  • Ziad005 on April 13, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    classy Shakib did it again! Its really sad that some of the players are ignored as bcoz they r from Bangladesh or Netherlands.. RTD and Shakib would be given more value if they were from Aus, Eng, SA or even frm india. Sad it is.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 13, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Congrats Shakib and happy new year (shuvo nababarsha). Thanks for giving answers to all your critics with bat and ball -- who consistently questioned your all-round ability here. They all are now quiet --- and gone hiding! You keep Rocking_IPL --- keeps rocking -- Shakib the tiger roars and IPL rocks!

  • johnathonjosephs on April 13, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Who cares if they are from "minnow teams", if they are good enough internationally, that only what matters. Shakib is currently the #1 allrounder in international cricket. Even though he's from Bangladesh, he's very good and that is proved here. It reminds me when people said that Murali was from Sri Lanka and not that good. Even though they are both from minnow teams, they are unbelievably good

  • arif29 on April 13, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Suddenly indian fans have become quiet. The people who were saying that Shakib is mediocre, where are they now? Speak up please.

  • British-Bangali on April 13, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Well done Shakib hopefully he will now play more games, Gambir should now know he is a quality Allroundet who you can trust. I also think Eoin MORGAN should get a chance to play as he showed quality last year.

  • FatBoysCanBat on April 13, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    I find it funny that one of the world's best T20 batsmen [McCullum] can't get a game for Kolkata and since they've dropped him they have won two straight. I don't see what ten Doeschate can add to the team batting at 7 and not bowling but it seems to be working for now.

  • rongdhonu on April 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    I dont know why Indian people asking about Sakib ability Do We ask about any. Indian players ability.Sakib is best allrounder of the world this is proof what he is

  • on April 13, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    KKR must need to find out their best possible combination. Once again Shakib will be an automatic choice. Team management can now easily realised their team selection error in the first two games, should not be repeated again.

  • on April 13, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Shakib has proved again that he is the best . He should bat at no. 4 .

  • Bang_La on April 13, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Another Master Blaster is ignored and caged in the hotel room. His time will come to dazzle and blind your eyes. We have many more in stock.

  • on April 13, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    its great to watch when Shakib is in song....many many thanks to the kkr team selectors that they finally understood their objective !!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 13, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Congratulations to KKR. Shakib does bring good luck to KKR plus he's a fantastic cricketer. At the same time I ask some Bangladeshi fans here to stop talking bad about Indian cricketers. India has many world class cricketers who are as good as Shakib if not better. We are all KKR fans so let's celebrate the team's success. I am happy for Shakib and KKR. Well played boys.

  • rongdhonu on April 13, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Watch india watch what is Sakib

  • KukaSekhon on April 13, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    They should have played him from the 1st game. Some one in KKR didn't know how to pick players. Good job Shakib keep it up

  • fr600 on April 13, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    If each of 11 players show a match winning performance in every game like Balaji and Shakib, there would be 11 wins for KKR.

  • on April 13, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    shakib is the boss cricketer in the KKR, it's a prsent simple tense.

  • on April 13, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Shakib rocks. He is a genius. He can always strike at the right time.

  • Bang_La on April 13, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Dekh India Dekh, Sakib's class. You have anyone closer to him?

  • axdfg on April 13, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Shakib cant be best with fielding. His worst fielding denied Balaji 5 wicket haul in last match. BretLee and Kallis are enough for bowling attack. Bring back MCCullum who is master in Batting and fielding.

  • on April 13, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    shakib prove 1st two match sit on bench was wrong decesion for KKR.

  • on April 13, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Great anticipation from Manoj Tiwary! Shakib bowled brilliantly but the catch Tiwary took was more brilliant. I personally would love to see some match winning innings from Shakib.

  • on April 13, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Shakib made us proud again! thinking that it's time that we bangladeshis better get used to being proud of our super tiger! "shuvo noboborsho" shakib... no better way to start the new Bangla year

  • tigers_eye on April 13, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Congrats to KKR and Shakib. Next step is finishing the game and remaining notout. As for RR management, Yes, may be Hodge is old but he is still class above Smith, Menaria, Shah in my eyes. He recently performed admirably in the BPL as well and took over the team once Gayle left. A perfect #3 for this format. If Jack Kallis can open then Hodge can play at #3 easily. Bringing him in at #6 in the 16th over is wastage of his talent. Move him up the order. Also he gives an option to bowl medium pace as well.

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    amit singh in his last over made a blunder to give loose delivery before they still had the match...... more over silly n clumsy misfield always cost loosing ....... keeping was not good ..... missed run out chance of sakib ..... till 17th over match was on for royals but a few fielding draw back , bowling poorly lost this match..... must come over from these mistakes n hope to see in winning ..... royals they have play through whole team nt by any specific performer ...... they have good side to fight..

  • jaber_me on April 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    team combination is very important for kkr. sakib is automatic selection.i hope kkr should understand the fact.go sakib go.win more man of the match that people woun't question ur ability.

  • imran_aziz on April 13, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Shakib proved why he is number 1 all rounder of the world. KKR should realize why he is needed in the team

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    no. 1 all rounder..shakib al hassan

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Decisive performance by KKR.. way to go kkr and shakib

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    If Shakib get opportunity all matches and if he ask for bowl in right time and if KKR allow him to bat in his favorite position, Shakib Al Hasan will be the man of the tournament of this IPL.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on April 13, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Never ever sit him out again!! It would have been 4 win out of 4 for KKR!!! But better late than never- finally some good thinking from KKR management

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Shakib is the best... He is the major weapon for KKR... so let him play, he will win matches for KKR.

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Its a real strange, How Naryan could be a better option then Shakib!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • johnathonjosephs on April 13, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Does anybody notice that when Shakib is in the team, KKR has been winning? Last 2 games KKR won. Just because he's from Bangladesh doesn't mean he's bad. The same goes for Tendo who is from the Netherlands. Hope Hamid Hassan can get an IPL contract next year, he's on helluva bowler

  • Ziad005 on April 13, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan... well done.. our hero.. KKR, now give him a hug! dont leave him anymore!

  • Rally_Windies on April 13, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    I honestly think Shakib Al Hasanis easily the best allrounder in all forms of the game right now... he is a genuine top class specialist left arm spinner , and a more than adequate # 6 batsman... I'd stick him in any team in the world @ #6 in all 3 formats

    and it looks like Al Hasanis + Narine is a killer bowling pair .....

  • cric_lover12 on April 13, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Well played SHAKIB, brilliant bowling & good batting. SHAKIB has proved, he is the best. KKR must need SHAKIB. Keep it up SHAKIB, keep it up KKR.

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Shakib proved that why he is number 1 all-rounder in the world both ODI and Test match go ahead shakib.

  • Kamrul_BD on April 13, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    That's why Sakib is no 1.... Rock Sakib Rock...Congratulations KKR for thier consecutive win... Just give a thought if Sakib would have been in first two matches then probably he would be highest wicket taker...However, hope you will continuing your winning pace in next matches..

  • cric_lover12 on April 13, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Well played KKR, SHAKIB specially....brilliant bowling and good batting from SHAKIB. Shakib showed his class. So, Bangladeshi fans are correct. KKR can't win without SHAKIB. Keep it up Shakib, keep it up KKR.

  • on April 13, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Really surprised not to see any comments following the galore of comments in previous articles/match reports featuring KKR, and in particular relating to Sakib... Anyways, best of luck to Sakib and Co. to keep the momentum going...

  • coverdrive86 on April 13, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I think KKR is using their bowlers pretty well. Skakib and Narine bowled brilliantly. It's a good idea to play your bowlers according to the pitch, even though if it means to have a completely new attack for the next game. It also gives players a chance to get a rest.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    KKR can u realize now why u lost 2 games before.....

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 13, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Good job Shakib. You proved, you deserve a place in best XI in KKR squad.

  • AnjanDave on April 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Just WoW from Shakib. The man was under supreme pressure. Was considered after Naraine, after two match. Also, as he played, to make the team balance, KKR had to drop inform Iqbal Abdullah. So Shakib had to justify his place. And didn't he do absolutely fantastic. Still, Gambhir needs to workout how to use RTD and Yousuf more effectively.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    sakib u r the man.... now we hope KKR will start giving u some respect

  • arobian on April 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    congrats kkr n shakib.............!

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Well done shakib! Proud of you...

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    he iz da real hero of KKR.i think he should play every match of kolkata.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Well Done Bangalee.......!

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    well done kkr. Good team effort. Shakib, tendo brought back the luck. Shakib will ne mom in half of the matches he willplay. And it will be the most difficult task to rum ouy him for any filding side..he proved it today again with his super running between the wicket and the awsome diving. Tiwary and tendo are athletic runner too...feel sorry for dravid...his squad doesn't seem promising..good luck kkr..we love you..

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    some indians were saying that shakib is average player . they should realize the fact now that Shakib Al Hasan has become a great all rounder in the age of only 24 .... KKR would have won the first 2 match as well if they picked this young Bangladeshi ..

  • md_ranak on April 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    thats SHAKIB AL HASAN for u indian guys. Look wat he can does. SHAKIB should come at no. 4 . I think as a NEUTRAL SHAKIB should give more chance to bat , he will produce bettrer balance for KALKATA. AND its always been great to have a cricketer like SHAKIB in the team. and i think KALLIS waste too much ball , he should replace by MACCULLAM, although he can ball. RTD can ball those overs. best of luck KKR.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    well done Sakib our all rounder.. keep it up for upcoming match.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    shakib al hasan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • goldenjewel on April 13, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Really SHAKIB was awesome tonight, he was the difference between the two teams today. He took wicket when his team need wicket and he went for big shots when team needed some big ones. He really show his class today. KKR should regret for not playing him in 1st two matches i guess,shouldn't they?

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    shakib the boss, proved again. Shame on KKR management

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    well done Shakib ... Mashallah ... better late than never KKR ... finally got sm sense in ur brains ....

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan..... the real fighter..

  • moon_ssmc on April 13, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    good reply to kkr management. but plz don't be complacent. carry it on. hope u can, shakib....

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    What a great player...... KKR did a big mistake by not playing him for first 2 matches....... Hope he plays all the rest of the games ....

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan just showed why he's the world no.1 allrounder in both Tests and ODI. He will be the best in T20 too nd he showed it in BPL nd now IPL is seeing it too. I hope his superb run continues inshallah and KKR keeps on winning! :)

  • soulhunter01 on April 13, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Sakib will Show his class. Just play him in every Match KKR. This is not even his best performance imo. We Bangladeshi people know what Sakib is capable of. That is why he is the No. 1 all rounder In both Test & One day. Even though Bangladesh doesn't get that many chance to play test Cricket regularly .... Both Wasim Akrem & SRK should realize it soon...

  • Sohel_ahmed on April 13, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Now we all know how valuable a player shakib al hasan is for KKR.It was a blunder of a decision not to include him for the first two games.you just cant leave the best all rounder of both the formats in the bench for too long.And if you do so , you pay dearly for it.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Weldone Sakib, KKR will think twice before they sidline a class like him.

  • rakib00 on April 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Well played Shakib. Carry on.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    good performance by KKR they were solid today and showed some class and should be by looking at the money they have spent and the quality they have like to see McCulum one more shot.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Sakib is a match winner.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Please KKR don't drop Shakib again,,,give him chance to play every game,i can say that he will give you more that now you have seen.Give him chance like today.I'm not saying for Shakib but also KKR cause i like KKR.May be you need him more than others,,,,,

  • Sush_BD on April 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Go Shakib! I hope he remains a mainstay after this.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Shakib the tiger shows his class again!!!! Now you know why we were shouting when he was left for the first two games... And he should come to bat earlier as the 4th or 5th batsman...he is kind of batsman who needs 2 or 3 balls and then he can give a flurry of boundaries... Well played SHAKIB and well played KKR!!!!

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Royal Bangla Shakib :D KKR ignored him he delivered a match winning performance.... INSALLAH Shakib will be the leading wicket taker of the tournament if he play all the matches...

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Congrats Shakib. You are the best...

  • qdbooy on April 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    SHAKIB AL HASAN.....THE TIGER.......

  • JimJimbo on April 13, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan was superb in this match. He shows his excellency when it was needed. The Bangalees are proud of you. It would be very nice to see similar performance in the coming matches. Best of luck KKR.......

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Sakib is the best .............. i am happy that he started performing...... one of the best all rounder..currently no 1 in ranking

  • tisra on April 13, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    2 matches out of 4 and he has taken the most wickets (5) for least avg (7.60) and least economy (5.42) among KKR bowlers so far! Take that, doubters!! :-P

    Even ignoring his batting, he could be automatic choice for any team in the world! Now, all he needs is to finish the game with the bat.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    this is our Shakib...the Tiger...the Pride of Bangladesh....

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    this is sakib and his class. kkr team management should send a sorry not for not picking him up in the starting 11 in the first 2 game. :) go sakib go. make them feel sorry more...

  • tasdik2012 on April 13, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    If Yousuf Pathan gets his form back I guess KKR will be a formidable force. They have right combination now. They should play Brett Lee instead of Sunil Narine in the bouncy pitches.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    I hope we will see more match-winning performances from Shakib if he can play regularly. I hope KKR think tank will realize what we (general mango people) can realize and include him in the playing XI more often.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Thank you very much Shakib for providing one of your most wonderful performance in the first day of bengali new year. I hope, IPL franchise owners will now have more trust on our players and we will see Tamim playing pretty soon...:)

  • joynal693 on April 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    This is how Shakib can reply. Best of Luck SHAKIB & KKR.

  • ginger777 on April 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    It's a real pleasure to see a world class performer performing once again! Go Shakib go...

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    This is the the great answer for team selector of Kolkata. Go sakib go. Not only Bangladeshi, all cricket lovers will support you. Love you Sakib. you proved again you are a match winner.

  • violenttom1 on April 13, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    it was a slap 2 all the people who told that shakib is not eligible for t20 cricket.today all the people of the world saw what shakib can do in any given day:)carry on shakib all true cricket lovers prayers will remain always with u.love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan was simply World Class with both the ball and the bat that's why he's the best All-Rounder in the World. The Wicket of his first delivery was beautiful to watch and his face showed how much he himself enjoyed it and his team mates because RR were cruising before Shakib first came onto the scene. His knock of 16 proved to be decisive and although he got out that was simply due to the fact that only a six was required and decided to give it a bang but unfortunately miscued it but anyway, it still didn't prevent KKR from winning the game, it was an excellent team performance with both the bat and the ball plus fielding from KKR. As a Pakistani, I would love to have a player of Shakibs caliber to play in the Pakistan Team, Bangladesh should consider themselves very lucky to have such a player. After this season finishes, Shakib should leave so he can get valuable rest time and concentrate on more important things such as County Cricket so he can develop his game overseas.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    The Legend of the world shows his magic.....>>>>SHAKIB AL HASAN.....:)

  • Douggy on April 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Am not sure if he picked up an injury but how come kevon cooper didnt play today?

  • Abids11 on April 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    shakib..shakib...shakib... why not we shout for shakib? he proved himself many times in internal matches and now shown extra ordinary in IPL.

  • zin_69 on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Owwhhh "SHAKIB" !!! always a match winner..wherever it is........

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Happy Bangla New Year to All and special thanks to Shakib for contributing wonderfully to KKR's win.I was just missing the awesome swing with his orthodox bowling that he used to do quite often in previous ipl matches (specially that stamp out which surprised Juhi Chawla with big turn in the off side ) . However really glad to see him back with spin but hope that u will mix it up with different kinds of deliveries both in off and leg side :-)

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Next God Of Cricket World, IPl Should Give Him Chance To Prove Himself ... And MR. BPL MR Asia LL Be MR IPL

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    once again sakib prove that,he is no.1 allrounder in the world.love you man.and keep it up.from kolkata

  • Kazi1517 on April 13, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    KKR management should themselves that they could at last realize the charisma of Shakib Al Hasan before some another loses. Hope our wonder boy will prove himself why he is the #1 in both Test & ODI in next matches also.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    lol...where are those critics of Shakib Al Hasan now who were against his inclusion in the team or in some cases compared him to those non-ranked players in the squad?! We got to remember, he is the no. 1 ODI and test-all rounder who can be a great weapon for any team in the world!

  • TheBarmyArmyGeneral on April 13, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    shakib delivered and KKR won the match....this is the straight answer from the leading all rounder of the world.....if he plays all the remaining games he will be on the way to man of the tournament......

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan, not only the pride of Bangladesh cricket. He is the pride of entire cricket world. Though he is ignored for the first two matches now he has shown himself to his captain and coach. Best of luck Saki.......

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    shakib has shown his class by got man of the match .He got chance to perform and delivered according to team needs not like other foreign player like macculam .Today the position he bated and bowled is the right time to use his ability not like other match he bated no.7 and bowled after 15 overs.Right use of shakib`s talent gives extra boost to the team .Go shakib Go and show the critics how ignorant they are about neglecting you.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Go Shakib go :D let them get some idea about you :D

  • Mahmood.bd on April 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    A good comeback and tremendous cricket from Shakib. It was a harsh slap to all who were against him. Hope KKR management will consider him in their next games..

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    i'm the 1st??? kinda strange....shakib rocks....

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    How can anyone keep Shakib a side?? Hope this slap will make Sharukh realise that Shakib is the best in the business!!!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Shakib is the world class all-rounder who can make KKR champion, if he wouldn't be ignored again by the over intelligent management of his team.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Yes, this is Shakib! At last KKR management (including the captain) understood and found there hidden jewel, as Shakib was utilized properly in both bowling & batting position & u all saw the end result today! Congratz KKR! Congratz Shakib !

  • Aurgho on April 13, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    well done shakib Al Hasan...:)

  • KentuckyM on April 13, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    SHAKIB AL HASAN wow just wow. Man of the match with many more to come. Excellent performance and this performance is for those who doubt his ability. So please shut up for those Shakib bashers out there if any. @ Rocking-IPL here is your answer mate ;p . and great preformance by Narine too. Good going KKR

  • towfiq90210 on April 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Well done KKR . Well done Sakib.... He proves what he can do if he get chance in best 11. The tensed moment are finished now relax and enjoy the game you will be on the top surely.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    East or West ... Shakib is best...

  • babuindhaka on April 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Shakib proved himself. Congratulation. He would be one of the best player in this IPL.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Bishoo and Narine could be the new Ramadhin - Valentine combination for WI, upto WICB to manage them well. Shakib is a class player, but KKR needn't have panicked - any line-up which has Ryan ten Doeschate coming in at #7 shouldn't be worried about tricky targets.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Shakib !! you little beautyyyyyyyyy !! Proud of u.......you are a true superstar and thanx for giving the KKR management a teeth breaking answer !!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Well played Shakib. you deserve that :)

  • pjbarua on April 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    That is why shakib is called a match winner!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    he is the real tiger cricketer of Bangladesh....and he prove the he is the best... as the no 1 Allrounder of the world.......

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Proud of u Shakib!!! Love the way u play!!!!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Hopefully all the debate regarding Shakib's abilities end after this. Well played!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Congratulations my dear friend Sakib, well done. take care buddy.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Shakib is the best. today he showed his class.

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  • on April 13, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Shakib is the best. today he showed his class.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Congratulations my dear friend Sakib, well done. take care buddy.

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Hopefully all the debate regarding Shakib's abilities end after this. Well played!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Proud of u Shakib!!! Love the way u play!!!!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    he is the real tiger cricketer of Bangladesh....and he prove the he is the best... as the no 1 Allrounder of the world.......

  • pjbarua on April 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    That is why shakib is called a match winner!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Well played Shakib. you deserve that :)

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Shakib !! you little beautyyyyyyyyy !! Proud of u.......you are a true superstar and thanx for giving the KKR management a teeth breaking answer !!

  • on April 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Bishoo and Narine could be the new Ramadhin - Valentine combination for WI, upto WICB to manage them well. Shakib is a class player, but KKR needn't have panicked - any line-up which has Ryan ten Doeschate coming in at #7 shouldn't be worried about tricky targets.

  • babuindhaka on April 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Shakib proved himself. Congratulation. He would be one of the best player in this IPL.