DHAKA – Bangladesh All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan expressed his desire to do something that has never been done before in the Indian Premier League, score a century and a claim a five-wicket haul in the same match.
Shakib made the remark in an espncricinfo show titled ‘IPL10s’ on Monday, where he gave brief answers to 10 questions.
When asked about what record he wanted to achieve in this year’s IPL, where he will play for the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise after a gap of two seasons, the all-rounder said he wants to smash a ton and take five wickets in one game.
‘Scoring a hundred and taking a five-for,’ replied Shakib in the small video clip uploaded in the espncricinfo website.
No player in IPL has ever achieved this double, neither has it ever been done in Twenty20 internationals.
Shakib, who has taken part in 317 recognised T20 matches, has never reached the triple-figure mark in the shortest format of the game, with his highest score being an unbeaten 86 which came in the semifinal match of the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League back in 2011.
The 34-year-old, however, has claimed five wickets in a T20 match four times in his career, with his best figures in the format being 6-6, the third best bowling figure in the history of T20s, which happened during the 2013 season of the Caribbean Premier League.
In IPL, however, Shakib has only managed to score two fifties in 63 matches, highest score being 66, and has 62 wickets to his name with the best figures of 3-17.
Shakib’s participation in IPL came after a lot of uproar, as his decision to play in the franchise competition instead of Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka generated a lot of negative feedback from fans and cricket board members alike.
The all-rounder than blamed the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials for spreading misinformation about his lack of desire to play Test cricket and said that he opted for IPL to better prepare himself for the forthcoming ICC Twenty20 World in October which will also take place in India.
This is also Shakib’s comeback season in IPL after his one-year ban from the ICC for not disclosing his conversations with bookie Deepak Agarwal.
Meanwhile, the other representative from Bangladesh in this year’s IPL, Mustafizur Rahman joined his team Rajasthan Royals at their base, disclosed the franchise via social media.