Bangladesh skipper, and their lone star player, Shakib Al Hasan rose to the top spot in the Test allrounder’s merit list. He was outstanding in the recent Mirpur Test against Pakistan which Bangladesh lost. He became the first Bangladeshi player to score a century and take 5 wkts in the same match.
His 144 and 6 for 82 won him the Man-of-the-Match award. The century was Shakib’s second in Tests and it lifted his Test batting average to 34.68. He also has nine Test fifties. Shakib averages 31.36 with the ball and has 96 Test wickets.
Jacques Kallis was dethroned from the top spot, one that he occupied for a whopping 3696 days (*phew*). The race will heat up between Kallis and Shakib as the Proteas have two more Tests against the touring Lankans at Durban and Cape Town. As expected, the others in the Top 5 allrounders list include NZ’s Daniel Vettori, Aussie Shane Watson and England’s Stuart Broad.
In the ODIs, Shakib’s stats are even more impressive. Shakib has 3398 runs at an average of 34.67 with five hundreds and 22 fifties. In addition to all these runs, he also has 154 wkts at an impressive average of 28.68 from 122 ODIs
He has accomplished all this while his team mates have struggled around him. Tamim Iqbal shares the batting burden but it is a one man bowling unit with Shakib bravely beating the odds and turning in impressive performances day-in and day-out. What Shakib would have done if he had a better team at his disposal is anybody’s guess.
But for now, all we can do is salute this 24 year old for his spirit and never ending quest for performance.