IPL 2012: Kolkata have one of the best bowling attacks, says Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan hasn’t got enough chances to play in the current Indian Premier League AFP

By CricketCountry Staff


Kolkata: May 13, 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan believes that Kolkata has one of the best bowling attacks in the current Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Our bowling attack is one of the best bowling attacks in the IPL so far. We didn t execute our plans. We went for plenty. 180 [odd] was too much for our batsmen. Between 150 to 160 would have been chaseable with the way we are batting; but with 180 we gave away 20 more runs,” he said.

Kolkata were defeated by Mumbai Indians on Saturday, bringing an end to their six-match winning streak.

“We knew that on that sort of track, it would be hard for the fast bowlers to contain [the batsmen]. We knew they would go for some runs. But still, if we had executed our plans properly, like bowling yorkers properly, they would not have scored many runs. If you see [Lasith] Malinga, the way he bowled the last two or three overs of his spell, it was amazing. Even though it was a flat track, you can t get away with yorkers.” Shakib was quoted saying to iplt20.com.

The left arm spinner was highly impressed by Rohit Sharma s innings. “He is a special talent. There is no doubt about it. Whenever he gets going it looks good from the outside [but] not when you are the opponent. He is a class player,” Shakib concluded