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Shakib just need couple of matches to get into his groove- Mentor

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|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan is doing fine and will need a couple of games to back into his groove, said his mentor Mohammad Salahuddin to work with him in India recently.

Shakib, who is currently in India playing the Indian Premier league for Sunrisers Hyderabad, had called up his mentor Mohammad Salahuddin to work with him.

Shakib, who played only played two games for Hyderabad and has since been unable to make it to the playing XI, has urged Salahuddin to work on both his skills and mental aspect during his off time during the IPL.

Salahuddin returned home recently after working extensively with Shakib where they focused on different areas of his game.

‘’He is doing fine,’’ Salahuddin told Cricfrenzy on Wednesday.  

‘’Basically he is out of cricket for a long time considering all his injuries. He had a chance to do extra practice as he was not playing matches he took it in both hands,’’ he said.

According to Salahuddin they had worked extensively on their batting though the main emphasis was just to make sure he is doing the routine work in the correct manner.

‘’There was nothing extra that we tried to emphasis rather we focused on doing the routine work and see that everything is in order or not. If we found out that we need to change some small things we just tried to do it,’’ said Salahuddin.

‘’Because if you are away from cricket for a while some changes might creep in your technique and that is one area we worked upon to make sure everything is in place as it was,’’ he said.

‘’We did a lot of batting because the wicket was very good and the ball was coming to the bat on same bounce with getting low or things like that. In such cases you can always develop your squarer- the- wicket strokes,’’ he said.

Shakib was expected to join the national team's World Cup preparatory camp, starting from April 22, since he wasn't getting a regular shot in the playing eleven of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

However, with foreign player slots opening up in the SRH unit, Shakib has instead opted to stay back in India and sought the board's permission for the same.

Shakib, who recently recovered from a finger injury which prevented him from joining the national team for the tour of New Zealand, was earlier granted a no-objection certificate to make himself available for SRH, but the presence of stalwarts like David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson only prevented However, with the departure of Bairstow an opportunity opened for Shakib that, according to BCB officials, he wants to seize.

‘’Normally he doesn’t get bogged down easily but still I feel he will need a couple of matches to get back into full rhythm,’’ said Salahuddin.

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