Shakib Al Hasan is unquestionably the most prominent name to emerge from cricket circles in Bangladesh. As a genuine all-rounder, Shakib is an essential cog in the line-up in Bangladesh. Shakib became very recognized when he was playing cricket for several villages near his hometown of Magura. Shakib started in the same vein in the Test arena as he had done in the ODIs.
Shakib had been rated No. Despite leading Bangladesh to win the 2011 World Cup against England, Ireland, and the Netherlands, the team crashed, and many people blamed Shakib. Shakib was dismissed before the West Indies tour in 2011 as captain. Shakib was the top run-scorer and wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the home test series against Pakistan in December 2011 later that year.
For Khulna Royal Bengals, the BCB had made Shakib, the ‘icon player.’ Under his captaincy, Shakib’s team advanced to the competition’s semi-finals, where Dhaka Gladiators beat them. Shakib scored 237 runs in the 2012 Asia Cup, including three fifties and six wickets.
Shakib became the second Bangladeshi player to record 100 Test wickets during the home series against West Indies in 2012, making him the leading wicket-taker in Tests for Bangladesh. Shakib allegedly committed a fight with a spectator in June 2014, who allegedly harassed his wife on the Sher-e – Bangla National Cricket Stadium grandstand during the first ODI against India. Shakib had become the third player in records to score 100 wickets in the same test with Imran Khan and Ian Botham in November 2014.
In his team’s hat-trick of ODI series victories-against Pakistan, India, and South Africa, the consistent Shakib played a significant role all at home. Shakib didn’t have a fabulous WT20 in India in 2016, except his unbeaten 50 against Pakistan, and that didn’t help his team’s cause as they failed to register a single win in the Super 10 stage. The New Zealand tour saw Shakib reach higher heights when he accumulated 217 runs in Wellington’s first innings. Shakib had a grand tour of Sri Lanka following a good outing in the one-off Test against India.
Shakib scored his fifth Test ton in the historic 100th Test match for Bangladesh. That knock has proved instrumental in winning the game and squaring the series 1-1 in Bangladesh. He was the Man of the Series who scored 162 runs and took nine wickets. In the shortest format, he was the standout player, and his all-around performances helped Bangladesh level the T20I series 1-1. The BCB named Shakib as the T20I skipper after Mortaza announced his retirement from the 20-over format.
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