The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is set to kick off today with hosts England taking on number sixth ranked nation Bangladesh in the first match at The Oval in London. Question is, will Shakib Al Hasan be Bangladesh’s key man in the tournament? [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সাকিবই হবেন ম্যাচের ভাগ্য নিয়ন্ত্রক?]
Shakib has been out of touch for a while. He didn’t manage a half-century in the Ireland tri-nation series, making only 39 runs in three innings. He took only three wickets in the series.
The great players need only a game to get back to form. Bangladesh face the hosts England in the opening game. If Bangladesh want to win this match, they definitely need their superman Shakib to perform big.
The world number one all-rounder has 4815 runs in 173 matches for Bangladesh. He has 224 wickets to his name. Arguably, the best all-rounder in the world currently.
Shakib has been in good form in Tests this year. He got a double hundred against New Zealand and a century against Sri Lanka so far. He has been effective with the ball too. He scored a quickfire 72 against Sri Lanka in an ODI earlier this year.
The ace all-rounder played a match-winning performance in Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s last T20I match. Scoring 38 with the bat, he took three wickets to help Bangladesh help series in the second T20I.
Shakib was criticised for his batting style during the second Test (Bangladesh’s 100th Test) against Sri Lanka. He replied to those criticisms on the next day (day three) with sensible knock of 116, his fifth Test century.
So it’s just a matter of time for Bangladesh’s golden boy to get back into form and bring smiles to all fans. No doubt, the Champions Trophy is a great occasion for it. All eyes are on him.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com