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25 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Shakib first Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 runs in World Cup

He also regains top scorer spot
SPORTS REPORTER, DHAKA
Shakib first Bangladesh batsman
to score 1000 runs in World Cup
Bangladesh iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan plays a shots while scoring a half century against Afghanistan during their CWC 2019 match at Rose Bowl in Southampton yesterday. BCB Photo

Bangladesh iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan slammed another milestone of 1,000 runs in World Cup as the first Bangladeshi batsman and overall 19th batsman during yesterday’s World Cup fixture against Afghanistan at Southampton.

The south-paw embarked on the mega-event of the 50-over World Cup with 540 runs from 21 matches, starting with 2007 World Cup. But he shone in a way in this World Cup that he racked up almost the runs that he had scored in the erstwhile three showpiece events.

The 32-year-old all-rounder mustered 425 in five matches with a four-match streak of fifty-plus knock that came to an end when he was dismissed for a run-a-ball 41 against defending champions Australia.

His previous four fifty-plus scores were 75 against South Africa, 64 against New Zealand, 121 against England and 124 not out against West Indies.

Shakib was staying at 35 runs short of the landmark before the match between these two Asian teams. The left-handed batsman touched the milestone when he flicked a length delivery of Dawlat Zadran to deep squad in the 21st over.

He had 965 runs in 26 World Cup matches under his belt before the match and surpassed the milestone coming in 27 World Cup matches.

Shakib’s 476 runs so far is the highest for any Bangladeshi batsman in a single edition of World Cup which he had  outshone in previous match. Mahmudullah Riyad’s previous record of 365 runs in the 2015 World Cup in Down Under.

He was 75 runs away from another benchmark of 500-run in a single World Cup also as the first Bangladeshi batsman. If Bangladesh’s match against Sri Lanka would not be rained off, Shakib could have achieved the feat a bit earlier of the moment.

He had chance to complete it in this match if he would not trap leg before wicket by Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. Finally Shakib walked back to the pavilion after being scored 51. This was fifth 50-plus score of the tournament for Shakib. He has to wait another match for 24 runs to complete his landmark.

However, Shakib has gone past David Warner and yet again became the highest run-getter of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup-England and Wales in the United Kingdom (UK) yesterday.

Shakib was 22 runs away from David Warner before this important World Cup match against Afghanistan at the Southampton. With a single off Gulbadin Naib, he has moved back into the runs lead at the World Cup with 448 overtaking David Warner’s 447.  

Shakib has been the best batsman in the 50-over extravaganza event voted by 48.51 percent voters. Rohit Sharma got 24.16 percent, while David Warner 16.19 percent and Joe Root 11.14 percent.

ESPNcricinfo conducted a survey through their website, where 1544 voters took part in the voting and Bangladesh premier all-rounder got the almost half of the votes.

This World Cup in the UK has been the tournament of milestone for Bangladesh iconic all-rounder. Here Shakib played his 200th ODI and as the second Bangladeshi player he amassed 6,000 ODI runs. He became the quickest player to join the four-member ODI double club of ‘6000 runs and 250+ wickets that included Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.

Shakib also has four-match fifty-plus streak at the start of World Cup campaign that was only possessed by four other players-Navjot Sing Sidhu (India), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Graeme Smith (South Africa) and Steve Smith (Australia), who has however five straight fifty-plus knock in 2015. Shakib had also chance to emulate him if he could have scored 50 plus knock against Australia.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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