Alok Kapali Biography
Alok Kapali is a Bangladeshi cricketer, born on 1st January 1984 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Kapali is an all-rounder, batting right handed in the middle order and bowling right-arm leg break.
In 2003, he became the first Bangladeshi and the youngest bowler at 19 years 240 days to take a hattrick in Test cricket.
Kapali made his first-class debut in Bangladeshi cricket in the 2000-01 season. He showed great promise initially and gained a number of fans with his pulls and wristy flicks on the off-side.
Kapali made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2002, in which he made 39 and 23 with the bat and took a couple of wickets with the ball. The selectors kept faith in him and was retained for the next series in South Africa.
A few days after his Test debut, Kapali made his ODI debut against the same opposition and at the same venue. He had a disappointing game, as he made only 2 runs and could not pick a wicket. The selectors retained him for the entire series and Kapali made 15 runs in three games and bagged a single wicket.
Kapali’s T20I debut arrived against Kenya at Nairobi in 2007. He remained unbeaten on 17 to guide his side to victory.
Rise to Glory
Kapali scored his first fifty in his international career against West India at Dhaka in 2002. He made 52 and formed the backbone of the innings as his side totalled 139.
In the next Test match at Chittagong, Kapali showcased his talent with a well-made 85 to help delay an inevitable loss. It remains his highest score in his Test career.
In the corresponding ODI series against West Indies, Kapali scored an unbeaten 89 off 92 deliveries at Dhaka which caught everyone’s attention. His score remained a small consolation for Bangladesh as no one could give him company to chase West Indies’ target of 282.
The best knock in Kapali’s international career remains the 115 off 96 deliveries he scored against India in the Asia Cup at Karachi in 2008. The knock however did not prove enough for Bangladesh to carve out a victory.
Kapali is one of the many talents from Bangladesh who could not convert his promise into substantial performances. Although he played a number of memorable knocks, he has a career batting average of under 20 in both ODIs and Test cricket.
Some of his memorable knocks has come in the rebel Indian Cricket League for the Dhaka Gladiators. He was banned for ten years from international cricket as a result of his association with ICL but was later revoked when he quit it.
Alok Kapali was made the marquee of the Sylhet Royals franchise in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League held in 2013. He made 124 runs in the 9 games he played.
He shifted to the Comilla Victorians for the next 2 editions of the tournament. He played an important knock of 39 in the final of the 2015-16 edition as his side won the tournament.
Alok Kapali has the undesirable yet unique distinction of losing all of the 17 Test matches he has played.
His century against India in the Asia Cup was the fastest hundred made by a Bangladeshi at that time. It was later bettered by Shakib Al Hasan.