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Shakib completes 15 years in international cricket

  • Published at 09:16 pm August 7th, 2021
Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan plays a shot during their third T20I at home to Australia Friday AFP

Shakib had made his maiden international appearance for Bangladesh on August 6, 2006 in the tour of Zimbabwe

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan entered his 16th year of international cricket Friday.

The left-arm all-rounder had made his maiden international appearance for Bangladesh on August 6, 2006 in the tour of Zimbabwe.

As a 19-year old, Shakib in the ODI in Harare had scored 30 runs and bagged a wicket, that of Elton Chigumbura.

It took just two years for Shakib to emerge as the top all-rounder in the format and in 2011 the Bangladesh cricket’s poster boy went to the top of the Test ranking as well.

Shakib in his illustrious and controversial career helped Bangladesh achieve many milestones as a team, and shined as a cricketer himself.

He had captained Bangladesh in their first ever away Test series victory in 2009 in the tour of the West Indies.

In 2014, Shakib emerged as the only all-rounder in the history of Test cricket to score a hundred and bag 10 wickets.

The opposition was Zimbabwe.

The Bangladesh superstar then went on to become the first cricketer to become the No 1 all-rounder across formats in 2015.

The former Bangladesh captain was pivotal behind Bangladesh making it to the quarterfinals and semifinals of the World Cup 2015 and Champions Trophy 2017 respectively.

His biggest achievement in a world event for Bangladesh came in the World Cup 2019.

The left-handed batsman, promoted to No 3 ahead of the tournament, scored 606 runs and picked up 11 wickets.

But this was followed by perhaps the biggest controversy in his carrier – a two-year ban, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Shakib till Friday played 58 Tests, 215 ODIs and 82 T20Is for Bangladesh, and scored 12,225 runs across all formats with 14 centuries.

With the ball, the left-arm spinner bagged 590 wickets in the three formats.

Shakib is the fastest cricketer to reach the double of 12,000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket.