Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Pune

Shakib lifts Kolkata to No. 2 spot

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

May 19, 2012

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Kolkata Knight Riders 136 for 4 (Shakib 42, McCullum 41, Parnell 2-18) beat Pune Warriors 102 for 8 (Yusuf 2-12, Shakib 2-18) by 34 runs
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Brendon McCullum has a heave, Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Pune, May 19, 2012
Brendon McCullum struggled to adapt to the lack of pace but kept the runs coming © AFP
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Kolkata Knight Riders set up a first qualifier match against table-toppers Delhi Daredevils as they took the No. 2 spot with a comfortable win over Pune Warriors. Like they had done against Mumbai Indians in their previous game, Knight Riders posted a decent total on a difficult pitch and their spinners choked the Warriors batsmen into a futile crawl. The home side ended a second disappointing season with their ninth consecutive defeat, an IPL record, and one that involved some questionable selections.

On a slow and low pitch which Man-of-the-Match Shakib Al Hasan said reminded him of Bangladesh, Warriors gave only two overs to Ali Murtaza, the lone specialist spinner they played ahead of their two first-choice spinners, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma. While Shakib, the only batsman on either side to feel at home on the pitch, rode his luck to provide the boost Knight Riders' stumbling innings needed, Warriors left out his Bangladesh team-mate Tamim Iqbal for the 16th and final time this season.

Shakib's onslaught and his 67-run stand with Brendon McCullum were crucial given Knight Riders did not have the luxury of a breezy start from the in-form Gautam Gambhir. McCullum, too, struggled to adapt his attacking game to the lack of pace but managed to keep the runs coming.

Knight Riders reached 50 as late as the 12th over, when the innings shifted gears rapidly. From 49 for 2 after 11 overs, Knight Riders took 87 off the next nine, largely due to Shakib. It was McCullum, though, who began the onslaught, pulling and swinging Ashish Nehra for consecutive fours.

Shakib could have been dismissed twice in the next over, bowled by Michael Clarke, instead Knight Riders looted 20 runs. Robin Uthappa failed to stump a charging Shakib, on 5, off the first ball and conceded four byes. Shakib charged again and lifted the second over deep midwicket for six. Off the fourth ball, a slog-sweep was put down by Parnell at deep square leg. The sixth disappeared over deep midwicket again.

The first 50 of the innings had taken 68 deliveries; the next 50 took 19. At 101 for 2 after 15 overs, Knight Riders were eyeing 150, but Warriors hit back with the dismissals of McCullum and Shakib in the 17th and 18th overs. McCullum drilled Wayne Parnell to extra cover to depart for 41 off 43, while Shakib got a yorker from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be bowled for 42 off 30. Yusuf Pathan got a couple of fours away as Knight Riders ended on a score that ensured their three spinners had the runs to squeeze Warriors.

And that is what happened. Apart from Jesse Ryder, briefly, no Warriors batsman appeared comfortable against Knight Riders' army of spinners and medium-pacers. Robin Uthappa did guide the first delivery of the chase to the third man boundary. That was to be the only four in the Warriors innings. Uthappa soon spooned a catch to cover off Iqbal Abdulla.

Ryder skipped out to hit a couple of sixes and at one stage, Warriors were 51 for 1 in the eighth over. It was a matter of time though. Clarke, back from his wedding in Australia to play a lone inconsequential IPL game, ahead of Tamim, was stumped off a Yusuf wide for 13 off 18. In his next over, Yusuf, who has had a forgettable season, dislodged Ryder, bowled after a weak attempt at a sweep.

Sourav Ganguly lasted eight deliveries before Shakib trapped him in front. A season that had started with three wins in four games soon ended in the ninth successive defeat for Warriors. Given their form, it is good for them that they ran out of games to play.

Knight Riders now have two shots to try and get into the final. They will be playing Daredevils on this ground on Tuesday.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Kolkata Knight Riders 50 12 2 27-1 35-2 2/0
Pune Warriors 51 1 2 40-1 20-4 0/7

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Posted by Shamim_araf on (May 22, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

I Think BANGLADESH Team goes on prfect way to become another Power house from Asia as well as rest of the World.It is positive for cricket that another cricket power is coming to challenge the World.As a Bangladeshi i'm very much thrilled about our Team,what will they do in future!Other countries should be uprising for World cricket spread through all over the World.Hence we should appreciate them for cricket wellfare.within 10 yrs another 3/4 new nation shoul be outcome as power house of world cricket.Not be jealous,just appreciate them.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

At first thanks to KKR to buy shakib & give some chances to play.and shakib had some contribution for win of KKR that most of the ipl team want.thats enough.so why indian people fan blamed shakib? why. so request all indian fan not to criticize shakib.i also bangla fan not to agrue with indian fan because it's a indian league.we bangla or indian is not the all of cricket. there is ICC.there are some rules to ranking player or team.everybody look that.yes sachin,bradman,sobers,hadley,haynes,martin crowe, and a lot others were very good & grnius plyer.but now a days will you select them for a match.they are past hero.we are in present.think cooly who is current better.do anybody play in his team with sobers, hadley, warne, crowe instead of shakib tamim, narine, watson,dhoni,raina, pollard, pietersen.amla.so all of indian bangla stop that silliy compare and realize the present, and stop abusing each other.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Shakib is a CLASSIC......

Posted by Jakir_Hossain on (May 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

it is not so far Sakib will no 1 in TEST ODI and T20 at the same time. No one could break this record.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

shakib is the best.............................................

Posted by Fogu on (May 21, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

It is difficult for any captain to only play 4 international players in each game. KKR has done a great job of choosing the right players based on the conditions. Pune Warrior has done a lousy job. I understand Bangladesh fan's zeal about Shakib and Tamim (I am Bangladeshi). They are very emotional supporters just like all sub-continent supporters. However, in-form Tamim not playing a single game is ridiculous and reprehensible. Especially when Pune struggled to bat. Ganguly has a lot to explain. My personal guess is ego but what do I know.

Posted by bcric12 on (May 21, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank : if shakib just stops batsmen from scoring run then how he got 96 wickets in test with nine 5 wkt haul.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

It will not be good to compare with other teams when Bangladesh played more games then others new test playing country when New-Zealand and India played less game at that time but everyone should understand it takes time to built up structure and it happens with every team.It does not matter how matches you have played but if have very good team you will win even if you play one or five matches.For example if India play 1 test on 2 years still they are good team.I don't understand why we are fighting to each other when we are brothers-sister,our culture,sometimes language are same and we were together.masallah India,Pakistan and Srilanka always help us.We are not a good test team but now are doing good over 2-3 years in odi.We are not sayning all of our pllayers are great but Shakib,Tamim and Abdur Razzaq are very good in odi and t20. Tamim is the best t20 batsman in Bangladesh domestic cricket history in slow and low pitch and he was the best performer in most t20 matches

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Being a Bangladeshi, I would like to earnestly request all my Bangladeshi brothers to stop brawling over the superiority of Shakib and Tamim. We all know what they are capable of doing. It doesn't matter an iota what some jealous people say about them. Let Shakib and Tamim talk through their performance in international matches rather than some in some pure money making showbiz "ipl" (did i spell ipl correctly? :P)

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

If Shakib play all 16 Match he will be most wicket taker & may be the man of the tournament, in this IPL-5, KKR management realised that he is awaysome but it is too late, Shakib can do well both bat & ball, Every body should respect SAKIB that he is NO all rounder in one day & test cricket & this not so far he will be the NO 1 all rounder in T20 too, Congreats SHAKIB for his recents for his recent performance. best of luck for KKR. Go ahead SHAKIB the whole bangali nation from Both INDIA & BANGLADESH & the KKR supporter are with you, KORBO< LORBO< JITBORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>EE.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Shameem: KKR is an Indian team?You need to change your vision. KKR can not be termed as Indian team until it competes with teams of other countries(say in Champions League). Had it been Indian team (in IPL), all Indians would have been supporting it. Only people attached with Kolkatta (by some way be it their home town, love for SRK or whatever) support it. Not all Indians support KKR. I being a neutral fan love Gayle but being a Delhiite, I would NEVER want Gayle to score runs in IPL against my side. So if Shakib or Kallis or Warner performs well it will NOT please supporters of the opposite team. Obviously it won't. And about Asia Cup, yeah BD beat us and I have no shame in accepting that, credit was given to them, they outplayed us not only in Asia cup but also in WC 2007. The main reason behind Shakib bashing is the extreme love (stupidity?) of BD fans for him. The "same love" some of the Indian fans have for SRT, that's why you would see many members bashing SRT. I hp u gt my pt.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (May 21, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank on (May 20 2012, 19:40 PM GMT) Brother you seems to have completed your thoughts on SHAKIB.........Now take a little bit rest to write more controversial to grab the attention.........We BAN are coming to conquer the cricket world doesn't matter whether IND< PAK or SL give us support or not......DALMIAH is the guy who helped us getting the TEST status.......But since then nobody else.......And those who questions our TEST status i would like to inform them that after getting the test status more than 50 years, IND and PAK still losses horribly with whitewash in the foreign field in comparison to BAN got test status merely for 10 years.........So, its your intelligent mind to think who really needs to do the improvement only BAN or IND who has few cricketing gods ...........

Posted by cricfan2007 on (May 21, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

I can see some BD and indian fans get into argument about BD players. But setting aside emotions, I think it is true that Tamim deserved few games and at least one! Also, Shakib deserved more game than he played. i fully understand the team combination thing on faster pitches. Also, KKR could have used his allround ability better during initial stages by giving him more games with active bat/ball innings. He can be handy in crunch games. Instead, they took him a a bowler for slow pitches.

we don't expect each foreign player to play all games because of 4 player restriction.

Posted by cricfan2007 on (May 21, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

About Pune "Given their form, it is good for them that they ran out of games to play.". LOL Thats a great line in the article.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 21, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

"Vitatis Landsbergis" has posted a comment with an interesting and fact finding question here, which is ---" KKR is an Indian team and yet Shakib, who singlehandedly got them the win, is vilified by the Indians. I don't get it. NOt a single Indian said anything in support of Shakib. Is it because India lost to BD in the Asia Cup?" Wanted to see a lot of answers to this question from fellow Indian fans --- but totally deprived and disappointed. Please do come forward buddies with the REAL answers hiding in your HEARTS.

Posted by sk12 on (May 20, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

@ Bangla fans - Please understand that with millions of $$ at stake, the team mgmt will only look to select the best available team for all matches - wrt pitch, opposition, current form etc., nothing els involved (they r all money minded, hell why wld ther be any jealousy involved??).. with Sakib's current form, pretty sure he 'll play in the remaing games. PLz forgive the derogatory comments from some of my fellow Indians.

Posted by dmqi on (May 20, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Cris Gyle's10 ball 27 runs could not take them to beat charger's low score and take the team to the play off. There was the need of a better all rounder for RCB. Gyle was not good enough. Kholi was not up to the mark too. What message do we get?

Posted by zahidtaniv on (May 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

For my Indian friends: Please learn to accept the fact that Bangladesh also has top class cricketers and that Bangladesh WILL be a force to reckon in the near future. Please learn to show more respect to others.

Posted by zahidtaniv on (May 20, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi and I strongly disagree with any comparison between Kallis and Shakib. Firstly, they are two different types of allrounder. Secondly, Shakib has a LONG way to go to be in the same class as Kallis. He is extremely good, but not yet "Great". Kallis, on the other hand, is already a legend. He is the only allrounder close enough to Sir Gary Sober's class.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

@ Munabbir Hossain: Your stats say Watson is The Best T-20 all-rounder. Where is Shakib ? It really surprised me. And I guess IPL is T-20 Cricket. If u r considering Tests and ODI rankings and bragging about them in IPL forums then I think Chanderpaul is the Best Batsman and he should be picked ahead of Gayle and Sehwag. P.S.:- FYI, I like Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza from BD. To confirm check my comments in KKR matches where I'm supporting Shakib's inclusion in place of McCullum in playing 11.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Asad: I can understand the emotions u r going thru. 1 Cricketer from BD who has been performing consistently well for a few months/ years is giving u a lot to talk. So how's the feeling buddy ? P.S :- FYI, I like Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza from BD. To confirm check my comments in KKR matches where I'm supporting Shakib's inclusion in place of McCullum in playing 11.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

@ Rafelgibt: Okay Sir I admit He is the God Father of Sir Gary Sobers. And the likes of SRT, Inzi, Akram, Ponting will be forgotten one day such will be impact of Sir Shakib Al Hasan. :) P.S. :- FYI, I like Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza from BD. To confirm check my comments in KKR matches where I'm supporting Shakib's inclusion in place of McCullum in playing 11.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Atiqul Basher: I would appreciate if you don't judge me by today's comments. I'm unbiased fan. For me Ravindra Jadeja is really a useless Cricketer and Mush Rahim is the future of BD. But BD fans are acting as if even Sir Gary Sobers is Shakib's servant !! P.S. :- FYI, I like Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza from BD. To confirm check my comments in KKR matches where I'm supporting Shakib's inclusion in place of McCullum in playing 11.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Shakib is coming!!!!! Dekh lena India... lol. Actually having really fun reading all d comments from India & BD fans. thanks cricinfo. Total entertainment.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Mayan_Mahbub: Another God has come ? Was that Sarcasm ? Sorry I didn't get it as I'm not among those who give the tag of God Of Cricket to Cricketers. Saying Shakib is better than Kallis is the biggest Crime. Kallis might be outta form but his records speak for himself. Why would I be jealous ? It's NOT that he has beaten the likes of Dhoni and Tendulkar in all departments or has he ? And FYI, I like Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza from BD. To confirm check my comments in KKR matches where I'm supporting Shakib's inclusion in place of McCullum in playing 11.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

@ Bangadeshi_Rocks_Hunt ..Your countrymen saying Shakib is better than Kallis. LOL. No sensible Cricket fan on Earth would dare to say this. After Sobers - Imran Khan or Kallis deserve this status. Shakib still have a long way to go. And do you really think I would be jealous ? Well you may say whatever you want but Narine has been standout performer - As I said even those batsmen who play spin well are NOT picking him. And you surely can't beat KKR think-tank who gave Narine preference over Shakib just because of the extra ordinary bowling abilities of the first. I can be Wrong but KKR's team management that includes even Wasim Akram - bowling coach can't be. :) FYI, I like Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza from BD. To confirm, check my comments in KKR matches where I'm supporting Shakib's inclusion in place of McCullum in playing 11.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211270.html

we do not compare, ICC compares Sakib and Kallis. @matchfixerpkn

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

PLEASE STOP TALKING ON SHAKIB ISSUE. LET HIM CONCENTRATE ON HIS JOB. HE IS A CRICKETER & DOING VERY WELL RIGHT NOW. HE MAY HAVE SOME BAD DAYS AS WELL LIKE OTHER CRICKETERS. THE AGE BY HIS SIDE, HE MIGHT BE LEGEND ONE DAY. ITS IMMATURE TO COMPARE HIM INSTANTLY WITH SOME WORLD CLASS RIGHT NOW. WE ARE HAPPY TO SEE HIM PERFORMING. TAMIM SHOULD HAVE IN LAST MATCH AS PW HAD NOTHING TO LOOSE. FROM BANGLADESH

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

If you love the game of Cricket, than you should learn to appreciate players from different cricketing nations, not just the ones from you own country. It's fine to have debates about the merits etc of certain Cricketers, but don't resort to using bad language or trolling online. It's cheap and unnecessary. Well done to the KKR.

Posted by Jakir_Hossain on (May 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

So we hope We could see Sakib Al Hasan on next match...

Posted by Nair_saab on (May 20, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

@Hasan Shahriar Tanveer- OMG... Are you sure you were following all the worldcups from 1932, a typical stupid & senseless comment from an emotional BD guy. Hey this is an exclusive cricket forum so atleast pretend you know about cricket when you put up your comments here. @Meher Kilaru - cant stand whining from you guys on DC's forum also, i think DC fans will be better without BD players.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

just read the head line shakib leads kolkata to the second spot

Posted by dmqi on (May 20, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

CAN WE PLEASE STOP HERE. IT IS ABOUT IPL AND PLAYERS' PERFORMANCE IN IPL

THE HEADLINE NEWS SAID,'SAKIB LIFTS KOLKATA TO NO 2 SPOT." THAT'S IT. WHY DO WE BRING TENDULKAR, LARA, BRADMAN HERE. THEY ARE NOT ALL ROUNDERS.

Few Bangladeshi supporters are over glad and few Indian supporters are undermining Sakib factor. Both sides should be rational. Too many unjust and unfair comments from both sides. Cricinfo should stop posting negative comments.

Posted by tonyton on (May 20, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Hey to all those Indian and Bangladesh fans, jsut cool it guys. WHo wants to support their fellow coutry men, go ahead. Whats interesting is, with a Polulation well over a billion, India dont seem to produce that much talent with such huge pool. Bangladesh also, well over 140 million, have just 1 they scream and holla about. Hmm looking at this IPL, take a country like Trinidad, tiny Island, just about 1 million, you get the likes of Pollard, Bravo, Narine and Cooper. You would think those guys would out here bragging, by numbers, seems like they produce more quality players. Respect all the young and coming players guys, we have to get past the Tendo, Lara etc generation and welcome in the new faces who we hope will be around to carry on the tradition and give us great cricketing moments

Posted by CricketFan365 on (May 20, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

oh BANGLADESHI BROTHERS please.... have some respect... We don't have to brag about ourselves. It's not a good thing to do. If our players do well, everyone around the world will praise them and you'll feel good about reading it, don't you think? About Kallis: he is one of the best batsmen of all time. Shakib is young and he has long way to go. He is currently number one all rounder, that doesn't mean he has overshadowed Kallis' records. So stop comparing Shakib with him. LET'S NOT RIDICULE OURSELVES.

Posted by k4zz on (May 20, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Typical responses coming up again all about Shakib. He plays a key performances and the banglas say he is as good as kallis etc. while the Indians continue their jealousy of him. Seriously for a while now he has been playing top stuff particularly with the ball and deserves respect from that his batting has been up to scratch in the IPL till this match but apart from gambhir no one else has contributed much with the bat. so you can't blame just him for that. While comparing him to kallis is premature compared to all kallis has achieved he is a legend. So basically Shakib has a bright future and could well be a legend in the game but he has a long way to go and until he achieves as much as the like of kallis but for now he is a talented allrounder and should not be compared to a great as he is just in the early stages of his career.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@Pratheep Rajagopal YOUR COMMENT WAS HILARIOUS. BANGLADESH IS PLAYING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET FOR 12 YEARS AND THE WAY THEY ARE PLAYING NOW IS NOT THAT BAD ACCORDING TO THEIR EXPERIENCE. YOU BEING AN INDIAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR OWN COUNTRY! INDIA GOT THEIR TEST STATUS IN 1932 AND WON THEIR FIRST TEST MATCH IN 1952!! LOL. 20 YEARS FOR A SINGLE WIN!! AND WHEN DID THEY WIN WORLD CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME??? 1983! AFTER 51 YEARS. SO GIVE BANGLADESH TEAM SOME TIME..THEY WILL SHOW YOU AND NOW STOP CRITICIZING BANGLADESH.

Posted by Shamim_araf on (May 20, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@ALL indian crazy fan- those who judjed only their emotion not by performances,criticize SHAKIB's performance,cause they have not any world class all rounder like SHAKIB.that's why they feel jealous.BANGLADESH kick out India in worldcup & asia cup also that's why indian feel jealous-it is the main point

Posted by bishalbhandari on (May 20, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

why people talking too much about SAKIB and his perfermance,,,,,,,He proved himself in ASIA cup(6 wicket and 237 runs,three fifty) and Now in IPL(played 5/6 match only and claimed 2 man of the match award).........He is no 1 alrounder in both ODI and TEST......i think this is enough evidence in favour of his talent......isnt it,,,,,and main thing, u are talking about him is another evidence my friend...............................

Posted by Bangadeshi_Rocks_Hunt on (May 20, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

@ Jindal Priyank.... 1) What about you say if Shakib played 6 match wickt 10 nd then Narine Played 13 match wicket 22 .... i don't say compare both but where u findout shakib better then Narine...? 2) Who or when BD fan say Shakib is better Tendulkar, Akram, Bradman and Marshall or Gary Shovarsh...? R u know about cricket any knowledge also watching more than Bradman, Marshall, Gary Shovarsh or Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh or Martin Crow, i am not sure...! This greater is best that time...! If not what about u say Tandulkar vs Bradman...! I am not say Shakib Compare like that Bradman or Tendulkar.... but we bd fan say comparison present time Shakib played well other than current form who are best ... nd actually u re jealous Shakib nd only writing playing cricinfo like that ur a new talented propaganda hero...! :)

Posted by ruhan_071 on (May 20, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

@F on (May 20 2012, 09:54 AM GMT): Tell me when did India started playing 4 match test series after their test status ....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

india should stop ipl to saver their cricket. these ipl mean nothing but fluke of money meanwhile they losing the grip of quality cricket dont u think so ? indians supar IPL stars are super flop in one day or test exmple veney kumar, pavinkumar, rayna and so on.. so what ipl use for ?

Posted by taimur27 on (May 20, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Dear all! you are good to give comments. Thanks for all to give comments about Shakib. We Bangladeshi didn't say Shakib is better than other. You indian have idle Tendulkar, Pakistan have Akram ....as a Bangladeshi our idle is Shakib. He also done good player in England Domestic tournament. If any body wants to come no1 world all-rounder then he should preformed well in a cricket year in all international tournament. Nobody can't easily get in no1 position. It's his achievement. We Bangladeshi proud of Shakib. Thanks to all.

Posted by Sohel_ahmed on (May 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank . You've said " Shakib just stops batsmen from scoring runs ". Do you know what your're talking about? I mean its exactly what every Captain wants their bowlers to do, making scoring difficult or dry up the flow of runs. And Shakib became a culprit by just doing that? Whenever his Captain hands him the ball, he does something cause thats his job. Get yourself a magnifying glass and then go through the T20 bowling records of Lee,Kallis, Balaji, Praveen, Vinay...the list goes on, you'll realize his price should be a million or more. And yes, the stats includes match/wicket ratio, economy rate, number of wickets and all that. Get a magnifying glass, do yourself a favour mate.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@jindal priyank : It is very understandable that you are well up against shakib just because he is a Bangladeshi player. It doesn't matter what you think, because at the end of the day, his performance will speak for him ...But still, I will appreciate it if you start judging Shakib as a Cricket player...not a Bangladeshi national.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

sakib started the winning stake n he spotted kkr to the 2 on table, if he remain kkr will win the competition if not kkr got no chance to be champ. except it

Posted by Abids11 on (May 20, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

For those Indians who are jelous about Our Pride SHAKIB... Asia Cup - 4th match

Bangladesh v India

Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Player of the match Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Posted by Natesan333 on (May 20, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

To all BD and Shakib fans, I must apologize, I must have touched some raw nerve there. But you know you guys should really be ticked off at NASA, they are claiming some guy named Armstrong landed on the moon first, and we all know it was really Shakib. how may you ask, when he is only 25? Time machine. And guess who invented that?.....you got it.

Posted by Mayan_Mahbub on (May 20, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

@jindal Priyanka, One day Shakib will be called the greatest all-rounder of the century. I am just thinking that time what will happen with the jealous people like you!!! If Shakib where an indian, u people would have said another God has born. But we r not commenting anything like that.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (May 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

@ Jindal Priyank- I can understand your frustration.........As a IND fan its really difficult for you to digest that some SHAKIB from BAN come to IPL and conquer the whole world with his outstanding batting and bowling........We never compare him with Sachin , Akram or anybody else....He is SHAKIB AL HASAN from BAN and his completion is all with himself not with anyone.......Don't be naive and admit that he deserves to be no. 1 in world ranking...........

Posted by platoon99 on (May 20, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

BD fan should not make fun of themselves and their country by comparing shakib with the likes of sachin kallis or ponting.These are greats.Everyone says shakib is a gud playerbut comapring him with the likes of sachin kallis is like making fun of them selves which BD fans are doing and looks like they are quite enjoying it. 2. PWI have much more better T20 foreign players like Smith,Samuels,Parnell,Ryder, Thomas,clark,ANJELO than boring tamim iqbal.Even if PWI do not complete full quota of 4 foreign players in the playing 11,there are other Indian good players who are much better t 20 player than tamim.I am sure that had PWI played tamim then they would had lost those 8 pts as well they got got by winning.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank.. i can understand ur pain.. Shakib almost lonely carrying a whole country on his shoulder.. on da other hand, Indian Cricket team has 11 world class player on da team.. Ohh no !!! dey couldn't make a spot on final in 2 consecutive big tournaments.. i have to admit all of dem r all time great for sure.. Hell yeah......

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Jindal Priyank@ what do u think buddy we don't know cricket!!!! or cricket is only India's game. we praise tendulkar, lara, bradman... they are legend. why dnt u just admit it shakib is d best among all d alrounders at present time. we know cricket and cricketers. we never say shakib is tendulkar, lara or bradman. so pls stop joking buddy... thanks.

Posted by aurthio on (May 20, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

I am sure some people are jealous about sakib. any way your jeaiousy will not make any difference to him. go on spit your poison out and calm down.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

To all Fans of Shakib: Please stop glorifying him - you are actually making it difficult for him instead of helping him. If you think Shakib is the greatest, its your individual opinion and you should keep it to yourself - you will know the exact truth 5/10 years later. IPL is India's Home tournament - Its their money, their likings and their rules regarding foreign players. We can only hope whoever from BD goes to play in IPL do well so that BD cricket gets the respect it deserves. My apology to fellow indian readers for all the silly comments and statement from BD fans!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Shakib played very well with bat and balll yesterday for KKR! A cricket lover from India not form BD :)

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

You may blame a Bangladeshi Shakib al hasan fan for being crazy but I do respect All world's great allrounders.If you understand all conditions of cricket you have to understand that Shakib could be more effective than Kallis in ipl if he would got chances in every matches.No player can shine in every single matches but Shakib is bettar bowler than yuvraj though Yuvi can hit big than him.I beg every cricket lovers pardon on behalf of some crazy local guys but pay attention to me and analyze if before comment further

Posted by aurthio on (May 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

@platoon99 and natesan333, there is a medicine called GAVISCON for hurt burn but still no cure for jelessy.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

@platoon99 shakib is an all-rounder and he is on limelight of spot 1 for a long time.. Indian fans have some problem with the bd team and i dont know why.. he is a consistent player and played against all the teams with his same appearance. please dont compare with your DADA ganguly.. i think u didn't followed ipl quite well.. Tamim iqbal is a bangladeshi player and just because of that he didnt get a chance to play while dada has placed him in every position to score a better figure..what u got after that? pune has tried everyone as an opener except tamim.. but the result was always same.. anyway, shakib is an upcoming star and everyone should admit it (if they have any level of judgement)..

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

KKR is an Indian team and yet Shakib, who singlehandedly got them the win, is vilified by the Indians. I don't get it. NOt a single Indian said anything in support of Shakib. Is it because India lost to BD in the Asia Cup?

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

what shakib is doing is not the matter, whether he is playing for the gallery or team has already been judged @sumanta.. i think u didn't see the presentation ceremony.. t20 is a format where u cant think of setting up yourself to score a good count.. as long as u r in the crease u have to score.. 50 runs out of 50 balls is not counted as a good score mate.. if u think kkr lost the match against Punjab den u r wrong dude.. he played his shot like other batsman. if he played too many balls then u can say that but he didn't.. well m not saying that he is doing his best on field as others expect but he did his job most of the time..

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

it really makes me laugh when some of our NOT-SO-adorable fans put allegation that reason behind Shakib's exclusion from playing 11 is Gautam Gambhir's and Indians' jealousy :O !! yeah yeah Shakib is even better than Sir Gary Sobers lol !!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

shakib played a wonderful knock nd a good bowling as well.He is undoubtedly a match winning player in the KKR. The team is in a good form...KKR should understand that any changes will surely ruin their game in semifinals...hope shakib will not be knocked out from the semifinals...

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Would someone tell me when is BD touring Australia or SA for a 4 match Test Series ? Would be interesting to see how World's No. 1 All-Rounder (in tests too ? :O) fails.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Before the start of the IPL tournament some of the BD fans were so confident about Sunil Narine that he is an ordinary bowler and would fail soon. See now, even those batsmen who play spin well finding Narine difficult to handle; he is a genuine wicket taker unlike Shakib who just stops batsmen from scoring runs and get lower batsmen out to increase his tally of wickets. Now don't be a Blind-Patriot and accept this fact gracefully that Shakib stands nowhere in front of Narine when it comes to spin bowling.

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 20, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

The report by Abhishek Purohit during Asia Cup-he said,"Had Shakib Al Hasan been playing for some of the bigger Test sides, he would have been given a lot more respect than he gets at present. He averages 54.50 with the bat and 22.29 with the ball in ODI wins."

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@ ALL .... Don't be surprised guys if BD fans soon start saying that Shakib is better than Tendulkar, Akram, Bradman and Marshall. :)

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Well I can understand the emotions BD fans are going through. Shakib is the 1st Cricketer from their country who has been performing consistently well. But saying he is better than Kallis, Yuvi, Afridi or Watson is sheer stupidity. Don't be surprised guys if BD fans soon start saying that Shakib is better than Tendulkar, Akram, Bradman and Marshall. :)

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

@ Zihad tarafdar- did u read all shakib fan's comments? We know shakib is not kallis! Kallis is legend & the best overall...but according to recent form it's SHAKIB WHO is the BEST! @platoon99 hahaha,of course SHAKIB is the Best All rounder at the present tym! Dont u people understand our English or our English is bad? Huh? We say that for last couple of years Shakib has proved it!he is better than kallis, Watson,afridi,yuvraj BASED ON ONLy CURRENT PERFORMANCE! @sumanta banarjee what makes u think like that? Is it a joke? U mean Shakib plays for himself? Give me a good reason to agree with u buddy! Or u r saying about his LBW REACTION STYLE which is actually funny..?

In the end i request all not to comment like a naive! We r just saying that At Present, SHAKIB IS the BEST!afridi yuvi watson is not even close to him! If u have any doubts than request ICC to Appoint u as their officials who rank allrounders ! Thank u all

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

May b Shakib did a offense by contributing his performance which helps his team 2 beat India. Thats many of Indian fan often criticize him instead of praising him. For the kind info Mr Platoon, u said he is an average player n not the best lowlander of world, but statistics shows something else. He is the best allrownder in test n odi by the icc ranking. Whould u have any evidence which is better than that. I m not ur enemy but pls give the credit which a man deserve. Why there is so many buzz surrounding Shakib coz he is the best player if u say all commentators ar benglai than u will done the same mistake coz as far i know there is no other player in IPL whos inclusion or exclusion is that highlighted like shakib in comment box of Cricinfo. Pls stop jealous n keep praising 4 KKR. Coz if u pray 4 Shakibs worst than KKr will b the worst as well

Posted by Third_Gear on (May 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

platoon99@ Does ICC ranking reflects only in BANGLADESH ?? If not than you stop commenting crap. Shakib is above all the players you mentioned as per ICC ranking.

Posted by Ibra95 on (May 20, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

TERRYFIC JOB FROM SHAKIB AL HASAN & THE KKR. AWESOME 42 FROM JUST 30 BALLS & HITTED 2 ENOURMOUS SIXES IN A SLOW PITCH LIKE THAT, AND 2 WKTS CONCEIDNG ONLY 12 RUNS (THE 6 FROM RYDER DONT COUNT) BETTER THAN NARINE & YUSUF, 2DAY HE HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PLAYER PICKING UP 2 CRUCIAL WKTS. SO KKR SHOULD PICK THE SAME PLAYERS LIKE THIS MATCH IF THEY WANT 2 WIN THE REAMING ONES & HAF THE TITLE. OH, INSTEAD OF KALLIS, PICK MORGAN OR TENDO PLS!!!

Posted by dmqi on (May 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

THE SAKIB ISSUE WOULD NOT HAVE COME HERE SO SERIOUSLY IF HE WOULD GET HIS FAIR SHARE OF CHANCES AT THE START OF IPL. SAKIB HAS PROVED HIS WORTH AT A VERY CRUCIAL MATCH. GANGULI TRIED 6 OPENERS BUT NOT TAMIM. THAT PUTS A BIG QUESTION MARK. I THINK BIG BROTHERS DID NOT TAKE CARE OF THEIR YOUNGER BROTHERS WITH LOVE.THAT IS THE SENTIMENT OF THE BD FANS. IPL GAVE US A CHANCE TO SEE ACTIONS OF MANY GREAT PLAYERS. FEW ARE ALREADY GREAT AFTER A LONG CAREER, FEW ARE COMING UP AND THEY WILL BE TALKED ABOUT. BE NICE TO ALL THE PRESENT TIME GREATS AND THE FUTURE GREATS. THE TWO GREATS OF MY TIME ARE SUNNY GAVASKAR AND IMRAN KHAN FROM SUBCONTINENT. MY ALL TIME FAVOUTITE IS SIR GARY SOBERS.

Posted by arman.sylhet on (May 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

M M Rahman Mizan on (May 20 2012, 07:26 AM GMT) @ I strongly agree with you.

Posted by StevieS on (May 20, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

I can only imagine the comments here when Shakib is dropped for Lee in the next match if it is a seam friendly wicket.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

yes it's our sakib.kkr should take him all the matchs

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

in the semi final KKR should play brendon, shakib, ten doeschate and sunil as oversea's player...tiwary at no 3, yousuf at no 5...even if it doesn't turn much, KKR spinners r good enough to trouble any DD batsman....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Good to see Shakib's batting Good to see Shakib's bowling Good to see Shakib's fielding Good to see Shakib's leading Good to see Shakib's winning Good to see Shakib's enjoying Good to see Shakib's wkt taking Good to see Shakib's prise taking good to see him after all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SHAKIBSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by Sohel_ahmed on (May 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

A lot of things have been said over the bizarre and incomprehensible team selection of PWI. When Shakib was not picked in conditions favourable to his style of play, the fans protested and KKR management responded in a mature and responsible way and got rewarded. But, like i said, Captain Pathetic seems to have mesmerised the PWI owner and he is giving in to all his logic defying demands despite being criticised from all corners of the cricketing world. Universally panned T20 players like Clarke and Fergusion got picked on a regular basis and a natural talent like Tamim was ignored as if he doesnt even exists. Just think about Clarke's classic innings last night. He travelled back from the tip of the southern hemisphere only to play an innings that can match only Ganguly's. Come on people, pls get this guy a 3rd class rail ticket to go back to Kolkata and just leave us alone.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (May 20, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

ho god..by playing few mathces in asia cup and by scrorng 42 runs ..these bengalis are acting as tough shakib is better than bradman.. lol..

he is just one oridnary all rounder just like yusuf pathan / ravindra jadeja,pollard,shoib malik,peter perier etc...even not close to little known all rounders like afridi,angelo mathew,klusner,neil johnson etc.. now dnt ever imagine him to compare greats like kalis /kapil dev or imran or botham.. truth i sthat ..yusuf /jadeja /shib malik etc got less chances due to strong team and shakib got more chance that also agaisnt zimbawe and matches in bangla ..

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

well done KKR!!! well done Shakib!!! korbo lorbo jitbore!!! lots of wishes from Dhaka to my fellow bangalis in Kolkata...

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Glad that Shakib probably will never read comments here. Bd fans, keep your head calm and make reasonable comments. comments like Kallis is nothing compared to Shakib doesn't dignify Shakib anyway. Both are great players and Shakib has all the capabilities to be an all time great like Kallis oneday. Stop attacking other country players and show respect to them. behave like a gentle man. you will be respected too.

Posted by Shamim_araf on (May 20, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@natesan333 you are absolutely blind,that's why u can't see SHAKIB's performance.yesterday when every one struggle with their bat,then SHAKIB come & survive KKR team.otherwise KKR total could not cross 100.SHAKIB won MoM out of 6 match he played,if he could play all the match,he will be the Man of the tournament.yes it is....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Just want to understand if those Shakib fan really understand the cricket or not. No doubt it was a winning performance for KKR and a deserving MoM, but did he really played with conviction or was just the lucky child. KKR knows the capability of Shakib thats why they purchased him, but Shakib is not showing the brilliance and maturity every one expect from him. He looks more showman than batsman in the feild. Dont know whom he is playing for, gallery or team. The same mistake of him against Punjab cost KKR the match. Gambhir should talk to him and make him understand the that he is digging his grave by playing for the gellery. He does not have to play recklessly like he is doing now but play reasonably. Shakib is no doubt a good player, but if he does not mends his way he may not be in for the next games.

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 20, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Just an info Shakib played-(7+6) 13 matches in 2 year & took 21 wickets

Narine played 13 matches in 1 year & took 22 wickets! Wow!

Posted by platoon99 on (May 20, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Shakib is better all rounder than Kallis or watson or afridi or yuvraj?????Crap!!!!Bangladeshi Fans have lost their thinking power.Shakib is best all rounder for BD not for world.Kallis, Watson,yuvraj and afridi has prove their alroung skills against all teams. Arguably Shakib has proved against WI,ZIM,IRELAND or Kenya and some more associates. He is just an average player and non consistent.Even Dada @ 40 yrs is palying 1 or 2 match winning role .Remember his contribution against DD on Kotla.And poor BD fans are comparing Shakib with the likes of Sachin n Kallis.Firstly survive for 10-12 yrs in the internation cricket and moreover be consistent.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

PWI should have taken Tamin Iqbal in this match. Cause the pitch was slow and low and they had nothing to loose. If they take a player and don't let him play a single match then what's the point behind buying a player? And no one should have any doubt about about Sakib's ability. He is the number one allrounder for such a long time. Just imagine, if a team contains 11 Sakib then will it be possible to beat that team by any IPL team??

Posted by Third_Gear on (May 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

SHAKIN the master Blaster The Match winner THE ICON of young players. ALL THE BEST GO AHEAD we are with you.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

well done shakib and kkr... guys check the state for overall IPL season before any debating.. according to "times of india" website shakib is the second best baller in the IPL history after great Lasith Malinga.. also check the overall IPL record from cricinfo... shakib is ranked first, second, and fifth baller in term of best strike rates, best averages and best economy rates respectively. Here is the comparison between Shakib and great sunil naine as well: : shakib took so far 21 wickets of 13 matches and Sunil Narine took 22 wickets of 13 matches. They played equal number of marches by considering all IPL season.

Posted by Shamim_araf on (May 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@Natisan333 your eyes was blind,that's why u only see to perform indian player.when any other Bangladeshi/foreign player's perform u can't see them positively.by the by SHAKIB can't be comparing any foreign player in KKR team.SHAKIB won MoM 2 times out of 6 Match.after denying him,Shakib only perform because of his greatness.after 10 yrs SHAKIB will be one the most Great player in the world.let's see it.....go ahead tiger....

Posted by borhans on (May 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Sakib just gave the perfect answer why he shouldn't be ignored just as a spinner .He is a genuine alll rounder, a match winner with both bat & ball .He has proven it in int level ,in Bangladesh outside Bangladesh .When you don't want to give batting chance to the man of the series of asia cup that means your ignorance has no cure

Pune or ganguly why they ignored tamim don't get it .when his recored against indian in 2007 world cup knows every one .even in recent asia cup Tamim scored consecutive 3 fifty .So you can guess wherever there is ganguly there is controversy .He think he knows better than anyone .He surely showed that he doest not

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Hey all@ kallis is legend,we all know that! Bt he is at the end of his career! For last 4 years Shakib is holding the no 1 spot(with 1 hic up) & Based on present performance it's SHAKIB who is the BEST- that's what we Bangladeshis say! So Shakib should be given 1st priority! Bt overall Kallis is the best!

Posted by XP79303 on (May 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

@Natesan333: What the hell you are taking, Subcontinent people loves cricket and emotional too much with some extent. We are lagging among Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan and currently we are doing exceptionally well due to some of our great heroes. We have some talented cricketer like Shakib, Tamim and some Musfiq, Nasir and so many. In IPL Shakib is struggling to get chance in best 11. He got chances and proved it HE IS SUPER.

Please you people stop your non-sense type comments regarding Shakib. Respect him. The day is not too far when all agile Team like Australia, India, England like to play with Bangladesh with Fear.

Posted by class9ryan on (May 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Good 2 c Shakib performing wid d bat . Hope KALLIS does so ..... On d slow & low Pune and Chennai tracks KKR look favourites 2 win dis League

Posted by Bangadeshi_Rocks_Hunt on (May 20, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

...T20 match is not much over match. Only few over played all 11 player..! So if opening and one down also top order played (top 1 to 5 bates man) 3/4 over full of the match innings then what did u expect more run last 7 or 8 batsman...i think some time got positive run ... or some time negative run...? But we should not blamed the lower order batsman..! Now i say everybody just notice all supporter KKR also too: If Dada, Dhoni, Koli, Kalis, Morgan, Petarson or just like well batsman did played Position No. 7 then why We BD fan well batsman Shakib not only present but also 3 years bast performance from his performance how could he played IPL 5 Position No. 7 ... just question every1 which Batting position he deserve... Just last night he proved if he chance no. 3 then what he do..?

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

According to the team combination, Sakib just playing and performing, nothing more. There are no options to rise any question, why Sakib was not include in maximum matches since he awarded man of the match in the last couple of matches. India always caring to develop Bangladeshi cricketers. In future if any Bangladeshi cricketer will prove their quality obviously they will get the opportunity to perform in IPL. For example only four matches performance in the Asia Cup ensure the IPL for Tamin! There are many Sakib's fan in India and it will be unwise attitude if we underestimate the Indian cricket super star. As a Balgladeshi we also love Indian cricketers but our expectation is Sakib will get more value and will play more matches.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Shakib's performance dedicated to doz KKR fans who hate Bangladesh Cricket players and undermine them always. Hope shakib proved his worth.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

@ Natesan333 ... chill bro .... this Shakib debate is crazy .... but I feel that KKR should seriously consider dropping Kallis and picking up Marchant de Lange .... I say this because Kallis hasn't been in form with the bat and all runs he has scored have come at a paltry strike rate of around 104 and also when KKR score less runs also the 7th batsmen either doesn't get a bat or bats nly the last over so a batsman is also getting wasted ... his main contribution this season has been with the ball picking up crucial wickets when needed and also containing at times ... but since Balaji and Kallis have the same speed I would pick de Lange who can bowl 145+ on slow wickets to add more variety to the already varied attack of KKR .... My KKR XI for the playoff's would be ---- 1. McCullum 2. Gambhir 3. Shakib 4. Pathan 5. Tiwary 6. Das 7. Bhatis 8. Abdulla 9. Narine 10. Balaji 11. de Lange

Posted by DeadlyAssassin on (May 20, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

@ ali abu taher u r right ...DADA is burden on team....as soon as he will be out of PWI...they will start winning..

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

@Natesan333: buddy dont insult Shakib like that...see I am not a Bangladeshi fan nor I am a big fan of Shakib.......but there is no denying fact that yesterday's match against PWI was very important for KKR since a win was going to assure them a place in top 2 implying that they will get 2 opportunities to make it to the FINAL...which they could not do last year although they were in a commanding position to make it to the TOP 2 of the table.......and Shakib scored crucial 42 from 30 balls where every other batsman struggled to score..........I can understand the sentiments of Bangladeshi fans...since he is the only Bangladeshi player playing in the IPL.....so let them celebrate his performance...and let us celebrate his performance too...!!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

PWI shold learn from KKR. As soon as DADA is out KKR is doing well. He is a burden of win. Bad captaincy, bad team selection, bad batting and bad mentality are some of his characteristics nowadays.So remove him from the team and you will do well. i.e- Same thing may happen if he is a mentor or coach. So don't even make him that.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Shakib is a real number 1 all rounder in the world. He played all matches in Asia cup and became man of the tournament, Played all BPL matches and became Man of the tournament< if he played all IPL match ovbiously he could win this. just look he plays just 6 match got two man of the match award. proud for u Shakib. go ahead.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

@Natesan333 ...ya..........butt yusuf pathan should get at least a national awad .......as he got the hat trick (took 3 wickets in 16 matches) in the last match.......and what a striker he has been in the series ......you indians in the kkr team are really awesome......shakib .....ohh...he got only 2 man of the match playing may b 6 matches in the series.......holly shittt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

There is no doubt that Sakib is a fine player. He is a match winner. He becomes the man of the match every two matches. The way he flummoxed DADA was a treat to watch. Another fine player is Tamim Iqbal. But why has he been left out in the cold, given the form of the so called Pune heavy-weights?

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 20, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

Windies2Dheart@ oops! I think i misunderstood ur comment! Based on current performance Shakib is better than Kallis-that's what every Bangladeshi say! One hand Shakib is jst 25 & kallis is at the end of his career!so now Shakib is the best! Bt overall it'll be Kallis!so dnt misunderstand it! As i did to ur comment & thought Narine..:p:p

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Windies2Dheart@No dude! How can u compare an All rounder with a spinner??& we r not comparing cz shakib is more valuable!most importantly Shakib is proven in international arena wheareas Narine only in Domestic t20 arena! Anyway man jst in tym KKR gave Shakib a proper chance to bat & also in pressure, SHAKIB jst proves his worth! & kKR's spin attack with Narine+Shakib & also adding the Yusuf+Iqbal duo, it's the deadliest!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Actually Pune has been Punished to their Overseas Player Selection. Tamim loughing silently to see it. We think when Prince ( Yuvi ) are back it will be solve. Who select Sourav as a mentor!!

Posted by arman.sylhet on (May 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Why you Bangladeshi guys are comparing Shakib with sometimes Sachin, sometimes Kallis and sometime others legend player. You know they are already completed their journey. And Shakib just start from last 6/7 yeas. They are completed 18 - 22 years. I know Shakib is a very good attacking player. But remember these thing that it's an great opportunity for Shakib to collect & learn many things of Cricket from them. Good luck to Shakib & KKR.

Posted by musingsofamoron on (May 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

PWI have created a record of sorts by failing to score a boundary (four or six) in the last 94 balls of their innings. Their performances would be forgotten in the years to come but this one fact would stall tall amongst the rubble of human memory and would be a standing testimony to a touch of genius which some fortunate fans had the privelege to witness in person. Bear in mind, that this record might not be broken in any part of our universe lest alone the Milky Way. Bravo PWI!!!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Shakib is "The SIR", not only Sir. He is the one & only, the best. The number 1.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Shakib u beauty!!!! username Rocking_IPL, do u still believe shakib broke their winning streak? not only did they start winning again after selecting him the star all-rounder has also helped them win one to win his second man of the match of the season.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi I don't understand why we are crying too much for shakib and Tamim, This is an Indian Cricket League. Shakib and Tamim is very good player, whole world knows it. No need to cry for them to give opportunity. You also have to consider the limit of 4 foreign players quota in every match. Shakib would have given more opportunity if S. Naraine failed but it is true that guy bowled brilliantly throughout the tournament. RCB also did same thing for two great Murali & Vettori. Shakib is best all rounder in recent time but Kallis is all time great though he is become old not have that potential right now, its not a good idea to criticize him. Shakib and kallis both are great in their times.

But I am quite disappointed with Pune management they should given chances to Tamim, at least when ryder was outside for injury. thats really surprising.

Posted by fireflybdm on (May 20, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Hello dear India. How are u all. We are very happy that KKR and Sakib al hassan won the match. And Sakib retained his position no 1 like other sort of game. I don't actually understand why Sakib was ignored in the last matches. is there any real cause behind this? Or wasn't he ignored as he is from Bangladesh? Not only i but also all the cricket lovers of the world undoubtedly believe that Sakib is the present and the greatest genius. why he has to miss the KKR match? You should in the BPL he was the player of the tournament. what a shame you India can't give the proper value to Sakib.I hope the cap will realize the fact.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (May 20, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

@Windies2DHeart Go Check Allrounder's Rankings Test and Odi...Y ur Lover Kallis is Below Shakib in The Ranking ??

Posted by shahinreza2002 on (May 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

some lucks there though, but it was mostly due to his ingenious ability, Shakib made the things into KKR's way...and KKR strategy to defend a low total was superb...an all out bowling show, including Shakib himself. We have no complain...KKR has given Shakib reasonable chances to play, and we can now tell Shakib is an auto choice for the KKR first eleven...it is now up to KKR how they would accommodate Shakib since all his team mates are doing fine job. What deeply hurt us that PWI has never given a chance to Tamim...had he given opportunity to play some matches, I believe that PWI would not see record consecutive losses.

Posted by Bangadeshi_Rocks_Hunt on (May 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Yes...finally KKR team management understand if quickly 1 or 2 wickt fault or did not get easy to run which is most important stk. run rate total innings then u should chance a mind who is capable to get batting position order 7 to up order No. 3 as we always say Shakib any format not only ODI or Test it should be T20... as Shakib This IPL5 6 match played nd 1st time got chance the position No. 3 nd what he proved i.e. 30 ball face nd took 42 run....! Nd i'm noticed couple of time everybody blamed shakib T20 stk. rate not well .. what is the reason ?

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

congratulation kkr and also sakib.sakib played 6 match and had got 2 man of the match prize. carry one tiger.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Dear Indian friends..i can understand how excited my bangladeshi brothers are..Shakib is the first player from our country whom we could look at and say he is no.1..just like when sunil gavaskar came and Indians could say he is no.1 for the first time..Yes no doubt Shakib has been no.1 all rounder for quite a few time..he has performed against good international teams..In IPL he has been in and out of the side ..the more he plays the more he'll contribute..unfair to compare him with Kallis..he is the greatest ever..shakib has only got started...he will look to improve his game learning from players like gambhir and kallis..

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

there is no doubting shakib's ability...but wat do the bengalis fans re trying to prove?when kkr lost they said the team lost because shakib didn't play but when they went on to win 7-8 matches consecutively they disappeared...cricket is a team game and the best combination is always picked...dats why shakib didn't play most of the matches bcuz of the team balance...not because kkr think him to be a mediocre player...he is a very good player..no doubt about that...but please bengladeshi fans...stop comparing him to some1 like kallis...there is no comparison.. kallis is a legend while shakib is still in his early days...so please don't say that kallis is useless and shakib is a better player than him...kallis may not have been in good form this season but he has made some decent contributions...and to most of the world he is the greatest allrounder of the world..if not greatest then u can still put him after gary sobers...

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

kallis is best....it's unfair to cmpare kallis and sakib....

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I am a bangladeshi and reqular readers of comments but talks regarding shakib also fed me up. Ipl is just domestic leaque for india and kkr is one of the teams. They might do what ever they do. Comparing shakib with Great Like Kallis is not acceptable. Shakib needed to go a long way to be compared with him. It's true that t2o is not the kind of game that suits like the great of shachin or Kallis. Shakib might be better in considering the t20 perspective specially in the sub continental condition. But it's upto the team management. I love watching shakib. I also sorry for some foolish comments of bd fans which hurt other. Please go and enjoy the game. If there is any fault in team selection they will suffer. Win and loss is part of game. All the team members will have to do well. It's not a one man show. Only ONE SHAKIB CAN NOT WIN MATCH.

Posted by Jakir_Hossain on (May 20, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Congratulation KKR! Congratulation Sakib AL Hasan! I wish KKR will kept Sakib AL Hasan in best xi.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (May 20, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Some Bangladeshi supporters need to keep quiet. Enough with this Shakib business. Shakib is a professional and he too won't like the tone of some Bangladeshi fans. It's all part of professional cricket. Nobody can play every single match simply because he's the world's best all rounder. Every player went through such patches. Glenn McGrath was benched during the 2009 IPL season for Delhi Daredevils. He kept smiling and providing valuable advice to young players of the club. Take it easy guys. I love Shakib as a player and he would always start my XI no matter where I play. But the KKR management have other thoughts. Just enjoy the game if you want.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (May 20, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Tamim come back buddy............just forget what happened to u this time......concentrate on ur game.it will b helpful 4 upcoming try nation t20 tournament n t20 WC.shakib answered yesterday on behalf of u.

Posted by arif270191 on (May 20, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

my dear bd fans, i am a Bangladeshi, although i don't think kkr never make any bad decision in player selection. they always try to put the best XI in the field. i know we all are happy but that doesn't mean to show disrespect others. shakib is playing in their nation. he is doing well and we can pray for him. but he has a lot of things to do to become a world legend like kallis. so don't make any comparison between them. they know what they need to do and what they have to do....

Posted by squarepeg on (May 20, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

PWI did much worse than they could have, and part of that discredit must go to the captain-mentor also. No point saying they lost a few close matches; almost every team did, just look at the 19th and 20th over stats. Sure, PWI missed Luke Wright, Steve Smith and Dinda, all out unwell. Even then, on a spinner friendly pitch, PWI had Bhuvneshwar Kumar, an average mediumpacer over Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma. Were Nathan McCullum and Tamim away for the entire IPL? Ganguly's refusal to accept that his performance as a batsman didn't inspire the team. Sangakara dropped himself, as did Vettori, all current test players. Better luck next year, under a new captain.

Posted by xxximran on (May 20, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Best Team Selection. Best bating order for the world best all rounder

Posted by csowmi7 on (May 20, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

it will be nice to see who wins the ipl this year DD or KKR. KKR have a better chance at winning because they have better spin bowlers in Abdulla Pathan Shakib and Narine. The two pitches they will play on Pune and Chennai offer assistance to the spinners. DD bank heavily on their batting which is superior to KKR and their fast bowling which may not get much help from the surface. If Sehwag bats beyond the first 6 overs though DD will win because he is one the only players who is comfortable against Narine. He smashed him all around the park in his 217.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

this is really great performance by shakib, our hero to think him with pride. i am always surprised to see when kkr did not picked up him in their 11, even our little kid fahad told why shakib is not playing. I had no answer rather told him to wait for next game. when he was picked he showed the talent and his application for kkr. my boy just jumped and invited me to join him at tv live telecast. keeping in mind he is the only guy that bd funs are keen to watch ipl. do not neglect him, just keep the faith on real talent, he will give 100% service for kkr. since we are bangali have the passion to watch the thumping victory over other franchises.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

@Natesan333 - If I take what you say about Shak, then I guess a big round of applause is in order for the ICC, who considered Shakib's "goodness-in-the-land-of-scarcity-of-goodness" while adding the all-rounder rating points. Kallis is a great of the game, one of the all-time examples for the breed of genuine all-rounders, but he has never had to deal with a team that thrived on mediocrity, he never had to lead a side of under-performers, and Kallis was in no way under any sort of pressure in his career -compared to what Shak has been. It's stupid to compare the two, of course. One is a seamer-top order batter, the other is a leftie-orthodox and middle order. Plus, the volume of cricket Kallis has played is a humongous. Only time can tell whether Shakib will be in the same league as him, but for now, please leave the number one all-rounder spot vacant, that's Shakib's. Thank you.

ps: Big thanks to Abhishek Purohit for addressing the Tamim issue with the seriousness it deserved!

Posted by Khairul101 on (May 20, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Congratulation Shakib Bhai. We want to see next time Same SHAKIB Show.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

This is not the war among the fans rather it is the exposure of emotions of crazy cricket fans. We the BD fans believe that SHAKIB is the No. 1 all rounder who proves it every time. Let him play without the tense (left out) he will prove again Inshallah.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

IPL is not international cricket nd owners have every right to play team of there comfort...!! So i m ok with Tamim not playing nd Sakib played very few matchs... Actually Sunil Naraon was best baller of IPL but Sakib is not only a baller nd he is the best all rounder in the world ...! Thanks to KKR that they gave him opportunity to bat at No. 4 (2 down) ahead of Yusuf nd Manoj!! We must not forget Sachin's 100th 100 was not worthy enough to win MAN of the MATCH ahead of SAKIB!! He didn't scored 100 on tat day or didn't took 5 wicket!! But see him as an all rounder nd his MAN of match was 100% fair!! I m glad KKR has started using him as an all rounder...>>>> @Natesan333 u need read the example of 100th 100 not worthy to win man of the match to understand the dynamics of SAKIB nd its not matter of FUN...>> I know PWI not best team but its not SAKIB's fault tat he didn't got chance against some of the best teams...!! Without giving chance a player shouldn't be judged from side bench!!

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

hey buddies from Bangladesh!!!cool down!!we all now shakib is highly talented guy!!!and one of best allrounder!!!but plz don't compare with legendary heroes !!it's will not make him big!!!he have to reach there!!!but last night he outshowed rest of the players!!!!I think the IPL should reconsider the overlimit for sunil narine!!4 overs of him is too much for the batsmen!!!

Posted by paps1889 on (May 20, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Playing with three spinners in pune was a great decision.. But Tamim should be given a chance..

Posted by ottoflick on (May 20, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Someone said if shakib played all the matches for kkr he would have had the orange and purple caps. Lmao!!! What a joke. Probably the purple cap but definitely not the orange cap. Who the he'll taking that from Gayle? Bangladesh people very bias. Only shakib did well today. So what about more morkel he did nothing today. Sunil narine wasn't Economical. Maybe your players should be treated like my pakistani heroes in the ipl then maybe your mouths would be shut.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 20, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

ICC compares Shakib with Kallis, Watson, Mathews....... and then comes to the conclusion that Shakib is the BEST, I mean number ONE allrounder --- not Kallis. So people are still in disbelief how Shakib is compared to Kallis -- can lodge a protest to ICC.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

u bangaiis are out of your mind what you guys done in 20 years of international cricket nothing if you say shakib is this and that there is no out come for bangaladesh cricket.take srilanka a small nation already world cup champions and last year finalist.so dont over react trying to win as a team then celebrate.

Posted by jimbond on (May 20, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

For all those telling about the virtues of Shakib, I can only suggest that there is another (possibly better) allrounder in Ryan Ten Doeschate who is warming the KKR benches. Pune needs a new captain next year, but I am not sure Clarke is the best choice. For one, he is yet to prove himself as a captain yet. Second, it is best to have as captains- either Indian players, or else those overseas players who are free throughout the year (like Gilchrist or Warne- in previous seasons). All the teams who have crashed out, lost the plot sometime earlier. If Shaun Tait had played earlier or had Ryan Harris played earlier games, the results may have been different. Captaincy does matter. With more motivating captains- especially teams like Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad could have done better.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

Natesan333, stop bullying here, just enjoy the cricket, u can show their fan respect and give some suggest rather pinch cricket lover fan, try to show some positive instinct , thats all I wana say

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

grt job shakib... u r the man... i have a question for DADA ? if u dnt want to play tamim iqbal why u brought him??? paise kya per pe urte hain shame on u tht man score 4 fifty + score in his last 4 games Ak bangali hote durse ke saath inta bada nainsafiii

Posted by hasib9 on (May 20, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

And it's interesting to see Indians get jealous whenever someone says something nice about Shakib or Tamim. I'm fed up of all the comments about overrated cricketers like Kohli, Shewag, and Gambhir.. Good to see Bangladeshi fans supporting their good players... Keep it up and ignore the jealous Indians. Thanks cricinfo for always having to say good things about Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by dmqi on (May 20, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

HARD TO BELIEVE SOMEONE CAN HAVE SUCH POOR MENTALITY TO CRITICIZE IN A VERY LOW TONE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A CRICKETER WHO HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF IN THE WORLD STAGE. MEAN PEOPLE CAN NOT BE GENEROUS, DOES NOT MATTER HOW EDUCATED THEY ARE.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Well done Pune....how can you even leave the Tiger behind???? facing the battle with cats and dogs leading??? lolz.....grow up pune........

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Kallis is a very good player, no dought, but so, comparison should not be taken place between two cricket legend, If Sakib can deliver this performance by the age of 24, can you possibly guess, what is waiting for the cricket future?

Posted by hasib9 on (May 20, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Good to see Shakib scoring some runs. He needed to remind me why he is not just a bowler. Good luck to PWI. You guys need to get rid of Ganguly ASAP like KKR did. As long as he is in the team, you will have controversial selections and selfishness.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 20, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

@Natesan333 --- just for your info --- Sir Shakib Al Hasan has already been Knighted by his more than 16 crores fans. And Bharat-ratna? That's nothing compared to Knighthood. Also nobel peace prize? He won't get it because when he looks at opponents he fires "laser ray" to scare them! But don't worry, Sir Shakib Al Hasan will keep winning for games for KKR, given the opportunity by KKR management, which is more important for Sir Shakib at this moment.

Posted by ziggy500 on (May 20, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

windies2Dheart, kallis is obviously one of the best in history, if not the best. if shakib can be half the player he is, he would be rated very highly, but shakib is now the new king, as he knocked kallis of the top test allrounder after 10-15 years on top!!!, but i think it is reasonable to say, kallis has lost some of his former glory and i still enjoy watching kallis play

Posted by British-Bangali on (May 20, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

Well done KKR and well done Shakib it was a team effort, Let's just stop this Shakib this and Shakib that he is very noble when losing or winning. playing or not playing. Stop the Shakib banter and raving about him come on KKR!!!!!! Ps TAMIM should have got at least one game he's on form and he'll surely be a better choice then Cullum ferguson who can't even get into the australian team lol. Shame

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

@windies2heart- if people arecomparing shakib to kallis, theres a reason. Before you comment, have a look at the stats of both these gentlemen. See how far less experienced is shakib compared to kallis..and yet shakib is prooving over & over that he is a class all-rounder.what does kallis do?? he plays only for himself nt for KKR, but shakib is dedicated, u can see hw risky he plays..if he wanted to make a name for himself only, he cudve just batted throughout the 20 overs taking singles..like kallis do most of the times..

Posted by Natesan333 on (May 20, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

What I want to know is, why hasn't Shakib recieved the knighthood yet, atleast the Nobel peace prize, I mean the man just scored 42 runs and taken two wickets. I am pretty sure that is the best anyone has ever done in any format of any game (including football and badminton), and that against a top notch team like the PWI, who are just a few points away (14 is few correct?) from being the number one team. I say we give this man an honorary Bharath Rathna.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

where is rocking ipl????is he shame to comment here???

Posted by Windies2Dheart on (May 20, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Cant believe that Ban supporters actually compare shakib to khallis. The comparison is unfair since khallis is a couple of classes above shakib. Shakib is good. but im afraid that good players are so scarce in Ban that the "good" appear as genius. Settle down people and just be happy that Shakib is getting to rub shoulders with a truly great allrounder.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

Really sad to see the way the PWI (and Ganguly) show started with a bang and ended with a whimper in 2012. Best wishes to PWI for 2013, and hope you guys can draft 1-2 young talents like Narine. IMHO, Ganguly's captaincy seems to be based mostly on emotions and not on strategy. So, at the start of every tournament he emotionally charges everyone up to do well - like in IPL 2008. But after a while, the lack of strategy lets the air out of the balloon. Sad for his players and his supporters too.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Great Man, Our Shakib, Carry on bro. Actually who is best .. he will take his place. No 1 can take his place. KKR should think good before making the final player list.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

any bangladeshi f....rs know why even commentors don't ask for the tammim??

Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Sakib is Great no doubt. No1 all-rounder

Posted by nzcricket174 on (May 20, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Pune's foreign players should be Ryder, Tamim, Clarke and Steve Smith. If Pune had this combination the whole time (except for clarke in WI) they would have made the top 4. Tamim and Ryder would be a good pairing cause Ryder likes to nudge it around after 6 overs while Tamim likes to go for it.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

our Bangladeshi fans insulting Indian senior players is not a good thing. Please stop posting bad comments in criicnfo and other sources. It's their league , let them do whatever they want.

On the behalf of Bangladesh fans I apologize to Indian fans.

Posted by Brit_freakster on (May 19, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Ganguly did a reasonable job restricting KKR but did not have enough batting firepower to win today. For next year, PW should immediately dump Uthappa, Manhas, Pandey, Matthews, Ferguson, Nehra. Bring in Graeme Swann/Lyon, KP/Gayle, Doherty, get Matt Wade as keeper and groom some Indian talent like Kamran Khan, Mutaza, Majumdar. If possible get Umesh Yadav/Aaaron from DD. Smith, Clarke, Ryder can stay on. Make Clarke captain. Yuvraj or DADA can assist him. Offer Danny Morrison or Sunny Gavaskar the coaching job. Provided there are no more conspiracies against PW, we can hope Pune can do well next time.

Posted by Hayat22 on (May 19, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@ManeeshRoy, buddy, you are in denial. Its time you read the writing on the wall, otherwise, you'll be writing the same lines at the end of IPL6 stating how what dada said or did is correct! The sun rises and the the sun sets. Its the law of nature. Everyone has their time under the sun, and then its a walk in the sunset. Hope you get the drift. Cheers.:)

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

It would be pretty weird and funny that if KKR do win the IPL than it will mean that two Bengali teams and rival cities Dhaka and Kolkata are champions of both the BPL and IPL but anyway I just want to say that this is Shakib's second man of the match award and this was only his seventh game of the tournament pretty impressive stuff so question, in the so called "Best All-Rounder in the World" Kallis, How many man of the match awards has this old guy won in his '16' matches in this years 2012 IPL? Yeah thought so exactly. Shakib you're the best and to all those critics of Shakib out there, he's only human and can't be perfect all the time so please don't blame him. Well Done Shakib! :)

Posted by Hayat22 on (May 19, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Tonight has been a special night. KKR won and booked the place in the semis and Chelsea won the Champions League. The two teams I support. Great to be a fan today. KKR are playing like a well knit unit with a lot of self belief, and Shakib's batting was a relief today. He certainly stepped it up and accelerated the run rate invaluably. As the two matches are in spin friendly conditions, the strategy to keep the pace off the bowling must be continued, and the only thing still misfiring for KKR rectified: middle order that goes at run a ball. Currently there are three sheet anchors in a row: Kallis, Tiwary and Pathan. I beleive if the score is 50+ in 7 overs then instead of Kalllis, a batsmen with pinch hitting instructions be sent: either Shakib or Das or even Shukla, and isn't there an option for Tiwary to be played as both him and Kallis play identically, so why are two sedate players needed side by side. Perhaps an explosive desi batter and a fast medium desi bowler be sought 4 IPL6.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

best with the bat and best with the ball,,it's nothing new, we have seen that so many times @ vioo , fed up with there comment???? so then y r u reading them??????

Posted by vioo on (May 19, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Although im a CSK fan I like Shakib..but the comments of BDs can't tolerate.. fed up of their comments..

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (May 19, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan No.1 Allrounder in The World officially Ends Sourav Ganguly's All Type of Cricketing Carrier on Behalf of Tamim Iqbal Lol

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (May 19, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan No.1 Allrounder in the World Ends Sourav Ganguly's Cricketing Carrier and Gave a Slap on Behalf of Tamim Iqbal

Posted by sabbor on (May 19, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

like watmore said once" Shakib is a very interesting player" and indeed he is.

Posted by sawnoff on (May 19, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

SG was no doubt a good captain and a good supporter of talent. (Yuvraj singh, Zak, Harbhajan ...) but in the entire tournament i failed to understand why nehra was selected above everyone else. he seems to be discard everywhere, most of the matches that PWI lost was due to him bleeding runs when the result would have been in their favor. Now SG should realize he is bit late in stroke making not the same guy in 1999 Worldcup. on the other hand ST and RD seems to be still loving the game, their strokes are are fun to watch, sheer entertainment.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

I still cannot believe it Tamim iqbal doesn't play a single match that they were very good team but had a wrong combination of foreign players and I still KKR will looser in play off by dd.

Posted by Bruisers on (May 19, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

Hopefully the great Dada won't be playing next season. He WAS a great player but no more IS. He is more of a burden for his team and has been from the last 3 seasons. I guess atleast one of Sachin and Rahul will also retire after this season. Honestly Laxman is a better T20 player among the FAB 4. I was disappointed that no one bought him at the auction........ The media is really biased because, in 2009, when KKR lost like 9 games in a row, they were made the scapegoats with every loss. This season though its surprisingly different for teams like DC and PWI.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Yes! in whatever format, the young Shakib is indeed "THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE WORLD" whether you like it or not. Not even the 'great' Kallis could out perform him in all departments mind you the old Kallis never had a chance to bowl today haha...For all those who criticise Shakib, we all know you guys are jealous of him and wonder what silly excuse you guys would come up with now haha...KKR should now be the favourites because as long as KKR can utilize and feel the conditions plus get their combination right, I can't see anyone beating them. I was disappointed with Pune for the 16th straight game for not picking either Tamim Iqbal or Luke Wright and I feel for them but the good thing is that they're getting paid huge sums and are young and have bright futures. It was awesome when Shakib took the final wicket of Dada highly likely last match. Well Done 'Special' Shakib! By the way Pune new stadium looks really awesome :)

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

I really don't care about ipl performance but shakib just slapped on the face of knight rider again. Just checked the stats he got 12 wickets in 6 matches,in none of them he conceded more than 27. Before today he didnt get much chance with the ball,he is not a slogger,you can't expect him to come and hit sixes but he did great today. Test and odi are what really matters,but seeing him proving worthy after being left out is great to see.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

A batsman like Tamim Iqbal is coming back from his first IPL without having a single match!! It's a disgraceful decision from PWI team management. Shakib gives the reply for Tamim today!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Now, KKR should realize that, Shakib should have played more matches in this year instead of some useless extra pace bowler (considering Indian soil), De lange & bret lee. then KKR would ended in the top of the list for sure.

Posted by Amit-Roy on (May 19, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

ALAS!!! Another win for KKR has made the continued failures from Jacques Kallis go unnoticed. Sigh....

Posted by zohaibsalam on (May 19, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

I am a great fan of Sourav Ganguly. Always backed him in all IPLs. Even in this IPL too i backed him till the last game. But look what he did.. He broke heart of his every fan. He was the MENTOR/COACH/CAPTAIN and selection and inclusion of every player was his responsibility. He never looked like a batsman and worse not even like a captain we all knew. You are no more my favorite cricketer because just your attitude and rigidness has costed PUNE WARRIOR so much ignominy and a setback to all young players. They will fear forever to play under him because he just refuses to listen to anyone even if he is making same mistakes again and again. I AM YOUR FAN FROM HEART DADA... BUT.. NO MORE. NO MORE.. NO MORE

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Dada have know idea about tamim iqbal. i hope Tamim will show his class in up coming world cup T20.dada and rest of the management of pune wariors will than think what a opportunity they missed.good luck tamim for world cup T20.

Posted by 786.19 on (May 19, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

AlhamduliLLA-H.Congratulation to Sakib and Kkr.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (May 19, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

After hearing so much about the 'Bangladesh Bradman' Shakib, I was quite disappointed with his batting. He could have been out twice before reaching double figures and then played some ugly beach-cricket slogs before getting out. Still, I guess he batted better than Ganguly and his part-time spin wasn't too bad. So perhaps he deserves his MoM, or at least a mention.

Posted by Fazz_Fayek on (May 19, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

Mr. Abhishek Purohit u wrote like Shakibs innings was a fluke, but nevertheles at the end of the day he shown that why he is number one, could hold the Orange and Purple cap if he played all the matches but never mind it happens in cricket :) Congrats KKR and all the player who superbly contributed in this match.. GOOD WISHES FOR THE PLAY OFFS !

Posted by Nair_saab on (May 19, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

" A season that had started with three wins in four games soon ended in the ninth successive defeat for Warriors" - no better way to end a pathetic season. Awaiting....[ Sakib is the best in the world , he proved it again. He is a better batsman than McCullum-Kallis-Or any other in KKR as he has scored the most runs & no body even comes close to his strike rate (take that). He has proved again that he is the best spin bowler in KKR as he is the highest wicket taker with best economy...how many times a Bangladeshi have to prove himself to the world.....oh god why us..? Hahaha….. Shahrukh , you better treat him with respect from now on…or else your team will be out in the playoffs itself…Hahahahahahahahahahaha…..]

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

For this Shakib is No 1 all rounder.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

There are still many more unsold Bangladesh players and I wud say a team like Deccan Chargers must buy them next season if they want to make a difference atleast next tym..!!

Posted by MANEESHROY on (May 19, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

Finally IPL has come to an end for Warriors. All franchisees have to decide about a formal structure of cricket in IPL. Sourav Ganguly said at least this thing correct that, "It's only for two months in a year that fifteen players of different nationalities come together".Sourav Ganguly's selection of bowlers for today's match was just correct. Thank god he got rid of his spinners who have been "full toss champion" in IPL 2012. More resilience is required by batting line-up in future years. At least one player among first four players has to score runs quickly without losing his wicket.They can use a "pinch-hitter", a concept which has been totally forgotten. First fifty runs have to be scored in early overs of field restriction.Sourav Ganguly should play some Ranji trophy games or any form of cricket, to remain match fit. In leadership of SOURAV GANGULY "farrago" can actually become "warriors" provided individual contribution are substantial.

Posted by Srini88 on (May 19, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

Can anyone imagine only 1 four and 2 sixes in 20 overs.. Awesome.. Pure slogging would have surely fetched more!

Posted by violenttom1 on (May 19, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

shakib haters go to hellllllllllllllll.we love u shakib!!!!!!!!!u r the true champ!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TechMc on (May 19, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

A good win to end the league stage and KKR deservingly make it to the 2nd spot. I however pity Pune Warriors... They have such an excellent leader who just cannot play cricket anymore. Forget about leading from the front, Ganguly didn't play a single convincing innings... The entire season, it was clearly seen that he was struggling to connect bat with ball and the timing just wasn't there. Honestly, he might be a good captain, but now, he is more of a liability than an asset to whichever team he plays for. Can you really carry an old elephant on your shoulders just because it's an elephant? Ganguly's adamance to continue playing was absolutely uncalled for. With due respect to him, I feel, he should realize, that he just doesnt have it in him anymore. His cricketing knowledge and experience could be put into better use as a mentor/coach, but as a player, he's a big zero.

Posted by MANEESHROY on (May 19, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

The best side in this 2012 tournament has been DELHI team. DELHI skipper SEHWAG and his co-partners have provided exemplary opening to their team in league matches,hope they continue to entertain their admirers in future. ROYAL CHALLENGERS have been riding on luck of WEST INDIAN opener, they can also win title this year. Ideally the final of IPL 2012 should be between DELHI and BANGALORE cricket teams.

Posted by MANEESHROY on (May 19, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Finally INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE has come to an end for Warriors. All the franchisee have to decide about a formal structure of cricket in IPL. Sourav Ganguly said at least this thing correct that, "It's only for two months in a year that fifteen players of different nationalities come together".Sourav Ganguly's selection of bowlers for today's match was just correct. Thank god he got rid of his spinners who have been "full toss champion" in IPL 2012. More resilience is required by batting line-up in future years. At least one player among first four players has to score runs quickly without losing his wicket.They can use a "pinch-hitter", a concept which has been totally forgotten. Sourav Ganguly should play some Ranji trophy games or any form of cricket, to remain match fit. Let's hope Sourav Ganguly can do wonders for his franchisee in future years. In leadership of SOURAV GANGULY "farrago" can actually become "warriors" provided individual contribution are substantial.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Shame for PWI....Shame for Dada...Actually for T20 Dada is the biggest joke...Never ever seem like a T20 Player.He destroyed the whole momentum of the team.He bated at very important positing of strike rate just below 100....nothing to talk about.Sorry for Tamim Iqbal..even the failure of top order Team Management of PWI did not gave a chance to Tamim,Luke wright,

Today Shakib shows his class.Thats is why he is the no 1 all-rounder.congrats to KKR

Posted by ottoflick on (May 19, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Congrats kkr!!!! Very well played shakib. I playedlike a true hero today. That is the right combination for kkr.

Posted by saif_bd007 on (May 19, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Well done Shakib.... You made all Bangladeshis proud today. Thanx for saving KKR from humiliation by shameless Dada...!!!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

YUP TODAY SHAKIB PROVED THAT WHY IS HE NO 1 ALL ROUNDER.SHAKIB ROCKSSSSS

Posted by KentuckyM on (May 19, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Great game it was... Great win KKR, CONGRATZZZZ ... Congratzzz Shakib, you're the best. Impact player certainly he is.. Great bowling by Narine and co too... Wish to see Shakib in the play offs too..

Posted by Marshal_of_the_Truth on (May 19, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

KKR is really blessed with World's No. 1 and Best All-Rounder....Salute to Shakib Boss....You Shows the Real Might of a Royal Bengal Tiger :)

Posted by Sadiqahmed on (May 19, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Bravo Shakib. You ave made us all Bangladeshis proud. Gautam Gambhir should put much higher value on Shakib than he has done in the past by ignoring his inclusion in many matches. I will certainly play him in most cases than Brett Lee unless the wicket is conducive to pace.

Posted by Cursed_Prince on (May 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

If Shakib had been given the same opportunity as Sunil Narine, he wud've been a strong contender for the purple cap now

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

FINALLY! Some brilliance by Shakib in the all-round form in this IPL! Earlier this week he has said he was not satisfied with his batting, and this shows his character! Good practice paid off dividends =)!

Good job buddy, now along with Narine and co., drain the rest of the teams from scoring runs and lift the cup =D! Amen!

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