07 Aug, 2020
Bangladesh premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan completed a flourished 14-year career in international cricket on August 6.
Shakib was inducted in international cricket back in 2006 during an ODI match against Zimbabwe in Harare on August 6, 20006. But he did not take much time to show his talent. The left-handed all-rounder gradually became a vital cog of Bangladesh build-up across the formats topped and burst into top ODI rankings as an all-rounder within a three-year span.
He wrote his name in history just two years after his initial recognition because he made a rare record to become a top all-rounder in Tests and T20s beside ODI cricket which no other cricketer didn’t in world cricket.
Bangladesh started rising towards a new height from the generation of the young crop of players including Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
With time, Bangladesh stands on the verge of the transformation of another generation which will be entirely started after the retirement of the senior-most players, who are adorably dubbed as “Fab Five”.
In 2006, Bangladesh went to Zimbabwe to play a five-match ODI series, where the hosts clinched the series earlier by winning three consecutive matches, the visitors stood tall against the home side with the help of its young troop. They won the fifth match where Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim made their debut.
The duo has been performing for Bangladesh and riding high on the outstanding brilliance of them Bangladesh has become a strong force as well. However, these all started from the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) where players come and seal their position in world cricket through learning.
With their performance and dedication to cricket, both the cricketers have already made their name synonymous to Bangladesh where they inserted their names in the hearts of thousands of Bangladesh cricket fans at home and abroad.
The tour of Zimbabwe was not new for Mushfiqur Rahim as he played his maiden games (Test) earlier of the year but this match marked Shakib’s debut on the international level of cricket and it was entirely a new journey for Shakib, who gave a strong message to world cricket by supporting well-set Shahriar Nafees from the other end to anchor them to the winning shore.
No doubt about his brilliance as the best all-rounder in the world what he showed in the last ICC Cricket World Cup-2019 in England and Wales, where he scored 606 runs in just eight matches with 11 wickets including a five-wicket haul.
Shakib was the top scorer in the group phase but became the third-highest run-getter in the flagship event. Over the last 15 years, Shakib’s career was full of action with many highs as well as a few lows.
Shakib Al Hasan has his career decorated with a large number of records, most of them came as an all-rounder. He holds the record for the highest fifth-wicket partnership in the ICC Champions Trophy (225 runs with Mahmudullah). This partnership also made the duo to get the highest batting partnership for Bangladesh in One Day Internationals.
Shakib Al Hasan is also the first Bangladeshi bowler to have taken 5 wickets in a match against all the Test-playing nations. He is the fourth bowler in the World to achieve this feat after Dale Steyn, Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath. Also, Shakib Al Hasan has taken 76 wickets at the Sher e Bangla Stadium in T20I matches, which is a record for taking the highest wickets at a single ground.
Shakib Al Hasan is the first spin bowler to have taken more than 100 wickets at a single ground (112 wickets at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium) in One Day Internationals. He is also the first Bangladeshi cricketer (eighth in the world) to have taken a five-wicket haul in all the three formats of the game.
The all-rounder also holds the record for scoring the most runs on a single ground and taking the most wickets at the same ground. He has scored 4,133 runs and taken 201 wickets in all the three formats combined at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Shakib is the first Bangladeshi player to score 1000 runs in World Cups and the only player in the World to score 400 runs and take 100 wickets in the same World Cup. Also, he is the second cricketer after Yuvraj Singh to score a fifty and take 5 wickets in the same World Cup match.
At the end of the 2019 World Cup, Shakib joined Sachin Tendulkar in the elite list of scoring the most half-centuries in a single World Cup tournament with 7 half centuries.
He is the fastest all-rounder to score a double of 10,000 runs and take 500 wickets in international cricket. Also, Shakib is the seventh batsman to score a double century and a duck in the same Test match. The left-hander also finds himself in the elite list of scoring a century and taking a 10 wicket haul in the same Test match — third player in the world to do so. The dexterous all-rounder is also the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh national cricket team in Test and T20I format. Also, the south-paw is the only captain to register a five-wicket haul in the T20I matches — the best by any captain so far.
Shakib was declared as the Wisden Cricket World Test Player of the Year in 2009. He has 13 Player of the Series Awards which is the highest for a Bangladeshi player. Also, he has 21 Player of the Series Awards in One Day Internationals along with 5 in T20Is to his name.
So far Shakib has played 56 Tests, 206 ODIs and 76 T20Is. His numbers are as follows: 3862 runs and 210 wickets in Tests, 6323 runs and 260 wickets in ODIs, 1567 runs and 92 wickets in T20