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18 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Shakib stands 8th among WC spinners’ wicket taking list

SPORTS REPORTER, DHAKA
Shakib stands 8th among WC
spinners’ wicket taking list
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (R) talks with Mohammad Saifuddin (L) between balls during the CWC 2019 match against West Indies at The County Ground in Taunton yesterday. AFP photo

Bangladesh iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan eclipsed Mushtaque Ahmed and Sanath Jayasuriya’s erstwhile World Cup wickets’ record as a spinner during the important World Cup match against West Indies at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton yesterday.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brought in Shakib Al Hasan in the 21st over to dismiss the well-established second-wicket stand of Shai Hope and Evin Lewis. But Shakib was successful in his third over when he claimed Evin Lewis’ scalp while Caribbean stroke-maker was looking to smack him into oblivion but ended up slicing it to long-off to substitute Sabbir Rahman Rumman.

With this wicket the ace all-rounder matched his record with Sanath Jayasuriya surpassing Mushtaque, who chalked up 26 wickets under his belt. Therefore, he also surpassed Jayasuriya when he victimised Nicholas Pooran as his second wicket in the tie.

Shakib played 10 matches more than Mushtaque but 13 outings less than Jayasuriya to set him to a new height.

So far, the left-handed all-rounder picked up his 28 wickets in his pouch. Only seven spinners including Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Brad Hogg (Australia), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Anil Kumbli (India), Shane Warne (Australia) and Imran Tahir (South Africa) are all above Shakib right now. Sri Lanka’s spin wizard Muralitharan led the standings with 68 scalps. Shahid Afridi (30), Anil Kumbli (31), Shane Warne (32), Imran Tahir (33), Brad Hogg (34) and Daniel Vettori (36) glorified the list. Shakib has every possibility to outshine the bulk of them in this extravaganza event.

The 32-year-old spin all-rounder stands on the brink of another milestone. If he could score 23 runs, he will enter the 6000-run elite club. Currently he has 5,977 runs in his pouch.

Considering his current runs of form, it will not be a tough job for him to score those runs. If he could make those runs, he will be the second Bangladesh batsman after Tamim Iqbal, who current the country’s highest scorer in ODI format with 6695 runs.

World No 1 ODI all-rounder, earlier reached the milestone of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets as the fifth cricketer of the world when he claimed the wicket of Aiden Markram in Bangladesh’s opening World Cup encounter against top-notch South Africa. He accomplished the feat faster than the other four cricketers-Sanath Jayasuirya (Sri Lanka), Abdul Razzak (Pakistan), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) and Jacques Kallis (South Africa)-who also hold this rare record.

While Bangladesh played their second tie of this World Cup against New Zealand, Shakib became the third Bangladeshi cricketer to play 200-ODI matches. Later, he achieved another accolade when Bangladesh played their third outing against the hosts England. He became the only second Bangladesh batsman to hit a World Cup century after Mahmudullah Riyad, who stroked twice in the 2015 World Cup in Down Under.

By smacking 121, Bangladesh premier all-rounder also became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to hit three fifty plus score in a row in World Cup.

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