IPL 2018: Key is to take the momentum till the end, says Shakib Al Hasan

SRH won all their first three matches.

Shakib has been one of the key players for SRH this season. (PTI)

SRH all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in a recent interaction with the media has said that the key to winning IPL is to take the momentum till the end of the tournament an not only in the initial phase of the tournament. 

"The teams which won the Trophy so far are those which have most of their last games. Those games are important for that is when the players tend to get tired, face fatigue and other factors. They should be mentally and physically much more stronger to deal such situations," he felt.

Commenting on the game tomorrow against Chennai Super Kings, Shakib says that the positive sign even in the loss against Kings XI Punjab was that the team scored about 180 against Kings XI Punjab despite Shikhar's absence (retired hurt after being hit on elbow when the chase began). 

"I don't think batting is a concern for us. If we bat well and back up our very good bowling attack, we are a very difficult side to beat," says Shakib.

Shakib along with Rashid Khan has become a potent bowling combination for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. COmmentating on his partnership with Rashid, Shakib said: "We are hoping to improve our skills and I am pleased with the way the head coach Tom Moody and bowling coach Murali have been backing me and helping me a lot". 

Shakib reminded that every team has a quality batsman who can destroy any bowling attack on his day. "They have been playing for quite a few years now. We have to play our best cricket even while trying to improve upon in some areas," he said when asked whether his team fears another assault from Shane Watson of CSK tomorrow like Chris Gayle took the game away the previous night. 

"We have the balance and depth with very good Indian all-rounders like Manish, Hooda and Yusuf Bhai. But, it all depends on how well we play on the given day," he concluded. 


By Anshuman Roy - 21 Apr, 2018

    Share Via