Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan welcomed Shakib Al Hasan's summation to the squad for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, saying a proven spin-bowling all-rounder is simply a large boost to the line-up, particularly erstwhile playing astatine antithetic venues.
Eoin Morgan sounded upbeat connected the eve of KKR's opening lucifer against Sunrisers Hyderabad successful Chennai, talking up the likes of Shakib and Sunil Narine's beingness successful the set-up.
Notably, Shakib Al Hasan who missed IPL 2020 owed to a prohibition implicit nonaccomplishment to study corrupt attack was bought backmost by KKR for Rs Rs 3.2 crore. Notably, Shakib had represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier returning to KKR for IPL 2021.
Shakib volition look his erstwhile franchise, if picked, successful the opening contention astatine the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Shakib showcased flashes of instrumentality to signifier during an ODI bid against the West Indies successful January wherever helium deed a 50 and a 40-plus score. He besides played a Test lucifer successful February but helium suffered a thigh wounded and was ruled retired of the 2nd Test of the bid against West Indies.
"Given that we person a spot much question this twelvemonth and we spell from venue to venue, it's important to person spot and extent successful the squad. Shakib Al Hasan gives america a antithetic dynamic successful the team," Morgan told KKR's authoritative website.
"Given that we play astatine antithetic venues wherever the conditions alteration rather a lot, you person a rotation bowling all-rounder who had occurrence successful planetary cricket and IPL astatine antithetic stages. If called upon, helium tin decidedly deliver."
It volition beryllium a conflict betwixt 2 high-quality spin-bowling attacks connected Sunday arsenic KKR and SRH spell caput to caput astatine the spin-friendly Chepauk. Morgan believes KKR person the onslaught to outclass SRH successful Chennai.
However, Eoin Morgan rues not playing successful beforehand of the location fans astatine the Eden Gardens successful Kolkata. Notably, nary squad successful IPL 2021 tin bask the comfortableness of the location arsenic neutral venues are the norm successful the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I deliberation each squad misses their fans. For us, Eden is specified a peculiar place. It is not lone renowned astir the satellite but besides successful Indian cricket holds a monolithic spot successful people's hearts," Morgan added.