Prestigious English publisher The Guardian has put out their best Test eleven of 2017 in which two Bangladeshi performers Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim have made their places in the list. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ গার্ডিয়ানের বর্ষসেরা টেস্ট একাদশে সাকিব-মুশফিক]
Shakib Al Hasan has been enrolled in number six while Mushfiqur Rahim is kept at seven.
Explaining Shakib Al Hasan’s performance, The Guardian said, “The best all-rounder in the world isn’t Ben Stokes, or either of India’s two talented spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, but Shakib Al Hasan. He began the year by breaking Bangladesh’s national record for the highest score in Test cricket, with 217 against Trent Boult and Tim Southee in Wellington.”
“Then he shaped Bangladesh’s first against Sri Lanka by scoring their only century in a four-wicket victory in Colombo. His peak, though, was his performance in Bangladesh’s famous first victory against Australia. That was in Dhaka, where he made the top score of 84 and followed up by taking a match haul of 10 for 153,” said as it is.
Shakib scored 665 Test runs in this year in an average of 47.5 and bagged 29 wickets in an economy rate of 33.37.
On the other hand, Guardian ushered words of appreciation for wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who scored 766 Test runs in 2017 in an average of 54.71.
He also took 12 catches and did 2 stumpings as well.
The Guardian said, “That’s two Bangladesh players, then, which seems a lot since it also happens to be the number of matches they won this year. But then, it wasn’t for a want of effort from their captain, who has been their leading run-scorer, and, more often than not, their wicketkeeper too.”
“He scored 159 in a record-breaking stand with Shakib against New Zealand in January, and followed up, a month later, with 127 in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test in India. After that he made a string of gritty rearguard fifties against Sri Lanka and Australia. Along the way, he was hospitalized, twice, after being hit on the head by Duanne Olivier and Tim Southee,” it said.
Best Test XI of 2017 according to the Guardian:
David warner (Australia), Dean Elgar (South Africa), Cheteshwar Pujara (India), Steven Smith (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh), Mitchell Starc ( Australia), Nathan Lyon (Australia), James Anderson (England), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa).