“Do you know how many runs you need to reach 5,000 runs?” Shakib’s short reply, “I do, 32.”
“The double of 5,000 runs and 200 wickets…?” This time Shakib didn’t even let the question to be finished. “I know this too. There’re only four such players.”
Now this is really astonishing. And also surprising. More so because it is Shakib Al Hasan, someone who never really has any interests in such records. So when he says he knows them all, and can answer all these questions properly, one cannot help but be surprised.
And now this is Shakib’s turn to have some laugh. And they, even behind his helmet, are quite visible. “Are only you supposed to know everything! I have also got to know all this while walking down the streets of England…”
Indeed, Shakib is now on the verge of a great milestone. If he can score just 32 more runs in the semifinal of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against India on Thursday, he will become only the second batsman after Tamim Iqbal from the Bangladesh side to have scored 5,000 runs in ODIs.
And that’s not all. Shakib also has 224 wickets to his name. There are only four cricketers in the history of the 50-over format game who have the rare double of scoring 5,000 runs as well as picking up 200 wickets. They are Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak.
How massive will the achievement be? And isn’t it that Shakib must be very excited? But he doesn’t want to show it. Rather, as usual, he wants to keep cool and calm, “First thing first. Let this happen first, and then we will see.”
So, let’s let that be like that. Let Shakib touch the milestone first. And then will we come to know what it really means to him!