For the eighth time in Test career, ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has made the double of scoring a half-century and taking five-wicket haul in a match, the second-most after former England great Ian Botham. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সাকিবের সামনে শুধুই বোথাম]
Shakib scored 84 off 133 balls against Australia in the first innings of Dhaka Test on day one. It was his 50th appearance in Tests. He took the wicket of nightwatchman Nathan Lyon later in the day.
The all-rounder resumed second day with taking the wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Matt Renshaw in the morning. He remained wicketless in the second session. However, he completed his five-for in the last session sending back Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Shakib took five wickets for 68 runs in 25.5 overs including seven maidens. It was his 16th fifer in Tests, first against Australia. He became only the fourth bowler in the history to take fifers against all oppositions.
This was the eighth instance of Shakib scoring a fifty and taking a five-wicket haul in a Test match. Seven of them have been done at home. His last instance was against Zimbabwe in Khulna, 2014 when he became the third cricketer to score a ton and take ten wickets in a Test match.
Only Ian Botham has more instances of this double. He had scored a fifty and taken a fifer 11 times in Test cricket.
Next to Shakib is former New Zealand player Sir Richard Hadlee who had achieved it six times while India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and much to the surprise, former West Indian fast bowling great Malcolm Marshall did it five times.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com