KKR's aim is to reach play-offs in IPL 5: Shakib

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:30 [IST]
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KKR can do better than last year: Shakib

Kolkata, Apr 26: Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has certainly done well with the bowl so far in this season's IPL, but he feels it's time to concentrate on his batting.

Shakib has clinched six wickets at an average of less than 11, but the all-rounder feels it's only half the job done.

"From the three matches I played, I was man-of-the-match once. I've done well as a bowler. I'm now focussing on my batting. By the God's grace, I hope to do well as a batsman," the Bangladeshi all-rounder, said here on Wednesday.

The Knight Riders have had slow start this season, but Shakib believes that this year is their best chance to win the IPL title.

"The team atmosphere is just perfect. We are improving match by match. We are looking to be more consistent. We are taking one match at a time. Our first aim is to make it to the last four (play-offs). Then we will focus on winning the title. But I'm sure we will do better than last year," Shakib said.

Similar conditions back in his country has helped Shakib perform at the top level and deliver his best to the team. Asked if their team is geared up for the challenge against Sourav Ganguly's Pune Warriors at home on May 5, Shakib said: "It's just any other match."

"I always feel at home here. I've have been playing here since U-15 days. I always feel confident playing here," he said.

"As I said, we are taking one match at a time, so our target now is to win against Royal Challengers on April 28. There will not be any additional pressure against Pune (Warriors India). The spectators, though, may feel the heat," he added.


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