Kriralok Desk: For Shakib Al Hasan, the record is a child’s play. This tiger also recorded many records in the career of this all-rounder. The captain of Bangladesh is standing on the verge of another new record. Shakib Al Hasan will be the only Bangladeshi cricketer to play all the T20 World Cups from the start if all goes well and he takes the field in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
This has become somewhat confirmed after the announcement of the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia next October-November. Shakib will lead Bangladesh in the World Cup if he does not get injured.
The T20 World Cup journey started in 2007 with South Africa. Shakib played for Bangladesh in the first edition. He was an important cricketer of the team. Even after 15 years, Shakib is still an important player of the team.
Along with Shakib, Mahmudullah Riyad also had a chance to be named in this list. But the former T20 captain did not have a place in the 15-member team announced for the World Cup. Besides, Mushfiqur Rahim already retired from this recently. Mushfiq could have sat next to Shakib if he had not retired and got a chance in the World Cup team.
Few players in the world of cricket have such a feat. India’s Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and Shakib Al Hasan are in the race so far. After debuting in 2006, Shakib and Mushfiqur were in Bangladesh’s first T20 team against Zimbabwe. Mushfiqur retired from T20 cricket immediately after the recently concluded Asia Cup. As a result, Shakib is the longest playing cricketer for Bangladesh in the shortest version of cricket.
Bangladesh will enter the World Cup under the leadership of all-rounder Shakib. He was also the captain of Bangladesh in the 2010 World Cup. Bangladesh lost both matches in that World Cup. Despite Bangladesh’s lack of success on the T20 world stage, Shakib’s personal achievements are remarkable. Shakib scored 698 runs in 31 matches at an average of 26.84 in the World Cup. He took 41 wickets at an average of 17.29 with the ball.
Shakib is one of only two cricketers to score more than 500 runs and take at least 30 wickets in T20 World Cup. This record reigns among cricketers who have played. This time in the World Cup there is an opportunity to further this statistic. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi retired long ago with 546 runs and 39 wickets.