Shakib Al Hasan has become only the third player ever to achieve a double of 10000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket after his only wicket in the third T20I against Afghanistan.
Shakib required two wickets to pick up his 500th scalp in international cricket at the start of the Afghanistan series. He took one wicket in the first T20I, his 300th international match and then went wicketless in the next match.
The wait was over when the Bangladeshi skipper struck in the 19th over of Afghanistan’s innings in the third and final T20I. He took the wicket of Najibullah Zadran in the first ball of his last over in the spell. He bowled four overs for 1 for 16 runs. He scored 10 runs off 9 balls with the bat.
Earlier in the year 2018, Shakib completed ten thousand runs mark in a tri-series match against Sri Lanka in January. He was the second Bangladeshi to 10000 runs in international cricket.
Shakib is the fastest to achieve the double of 10000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket. He took 302 matches to achieve the feat while South African legend Jacques Kallis took 420 matches and Pakistani star played 477 matches to join the elite club.
The ace all-rounder now has 10102 runs and exactly 500 wickets for Bangladesh across all formats.
Shakib is the sixth left-arm bowler and third left-arm spin bowler to take 500 wickets. Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas and Mitchell Johnson are the fast bowlers. New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori and Sri Lankan veteran Rangana Herath are the other left-arm spinners.