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Shakib Al Hasan Achieves Another Milestone

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Shakib Al Hasan Achieves Another Milestone

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Bangladesh cricket legend Shakib Al Hasan achieves another milestone. He once again showcased his prowess and solidified his place among the cricketing elite as the Tigers clashed with Afghanistan in the final match of their ODI series in Chattogram.

Although the series had already been decided in favor of the visitors, the match held great significance for the wounded Tigers, who had recently experienced turmoil with their skipper Tamim Iqbal’s retirement announcement followed by a reversal and subsequent decision to take a six-week sabbatical. Additionally, there were two major upcoming events in the cricketing calendar that would require Shakib and his teammates to be in top form.

Despite the disappointing series, Bangladesh managed to secure a convincing seven-wicket victory in the final match, with a remarkable 159 balls left unplayed during Afghanistan’s innings. Shakib’s performance once again underlined his status as one of cricket’s superstars, demonstrating his ability to shine even when his team is burdened with off-field controversies, sometimes caused by Shakib himself, or struggling with their collective form.

In the match, Shakib contributed a run-a-ball 39 with the bat and also claimed a crucial wicket by dismissing Najibullah Zadran, conceding only 13 runs from his full quota of 10 overs, including a maiden. Although he did not receive the Player of the Match award, these numbers allowed him to achieve several significant milestones in his illustrious career.


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One remarkable milestone that Shakib attained was becoming the first cricketer in history to accumulate 14,000 runs and 600 wickets in international cricket. Prior to the match, Shakib had already amassed over 600 wickets but needed 29 runs to reach the 14,000-run mark. He accomplished this feat when he dispatched debutant Abdul Rahman for a boundary in the 15th over, cementing his status as the poster boy of Bangladesh cricket.

Shakib’s outstanding performance in the match propelled him to join the ranks of New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori as the second-highest wicket-taker among left-arm spinners in ODI cricket, with 305 scalps. This achievement serves as a testament to Shakib’s exceptional skill and consistency in the limited-overs format.

In addition, Shakib also equaled Vettori in another aspect of the game. The dismissal of Najibullah, which occurred through an LBW (leg before wicket) decision, brought Shakib’s tally of LBW victims to 59, placing him just six behind the renowned Sri Lankan spin wizard Muthiah Muralidaran, who occupied the fifth spot on the list. Shakib surpassed his Afghan spin counterpart Rashid Khan, further solidifying his position as one of the premier spinners in the international arena.

While Bangladesh fervently hopes that Shakib can replicate his phenomenal form from the 2019 ODI World Cup, the 36-year-old is aware of the challenges that arise as players enter the twilight of their careers, particularly concerning fitness-related obstacles. However, form has seldom been a concern for the Tigers’ maverick, who continues to defy expectations and consistently deliver outstanding performances.

Looking ahead, the upcoming events on Bangladesh’s cricketing calendar provide Shakib and his teammates with ample opportunities to further enhance their reputation on the global stage. With Shakib’s exceptional skill set and unrivaled experience, he will undoubtedly be a crucial component of the team’s aspirations to achieve greater success in international cricket.


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