Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s all-rounder from Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan felt that the team is doing very well but they needed to improve in middle-order batting and death bowling with the league entering the second phase.
Speaking on the eve of their match against Delhi Capitals in Hyderabad, the southpaw said that they needed to be consistent in all departments. “Last year has been good for us in terms of death bowling. Yes, this year we are conceding more runs. Everyone is working on it. Hopefully we will reduce leaking runs from here on. In this IPL, the teams are more calculative. They are keeping more wickets in hand in the first 10 overs and going all out in the next 10 or last five to six overs.
“However, we have some experienced bowlers. We need to contain the opposition. And also I feel we have a good middle-order batting. We haven’t done enough in that department. With the talent we have, we can repair the damage. We are also one of the best fielding sides in the tournament. We haven’t done to our potential. There are the three areas where we can improve,” he added.
Having played just one match so far in the season, the southpaw revealed that it was disappointing to miss the matches. “All the overseas players are doing well. It is a difficult situation for management. I have to be fit and ready to do well whenever I get a chance to play. The World Cup is coming. So there are a lot of reasons to keep myself motivated. Whenever my turn comes, I need to grab it with both hands. Even at looking at the matches from outside, we can learn a lot of things in a different way. I have been doing all I need to do to remain fit and motivated. I have been training harder than I used to.”
When asked about his opinion on Dhoni’s outburst during the CSK-RR match recently, he said, “Well, I also did the same thing in Nidahas Trophy final. It is in the heat of the moment. That shows how passionate you are as a cricketer. You want to win all the matches for your team.”
Talking about their chances in the World Cup, the 32-year-old revealed that they are a more experienced side now and would look to go a long way in the tournament. “We have a very good side. I am a little worried about our bowling with the new ball and at the death. But I am very optimistic of going a long way. We have the most experienced squad we ever played. There are guys who have played three World Cups. It is a tough tournament because of the format. We need to perform consistently.”