Shakib has five-wicket hauls against other eight Test nations (except Afghanistan and Ireland) he has played against. He has 15 five-fers in 49 Tests so far. He will be taking on Australia for the first time in his 50th Test match.
Only three other men completed fifers against nine nations. Former Sri Lankan legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was the first to achieve this feat. Later, South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Murali’s countryman Rangana Herath also achieved the same.
“Five-fer against Aussies is on my mind. Let’s see what happens in next four innings. But if any other bowler bowls well and takes five wickets then it’s is good for the team,” he said.
But personal performance is not the only thing important to Shakib. He feels that bowling in partnerships in Test matches is very important for a team.
“Taking wickets is not up to me. It might happen that a bowler remains wicketless even if he bowls really well. Wickets can also be taken without bowling well. Bowling in partnerships is also important. It’s important to see how we bowl in partnerships.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com