Shakib in Bhogle’s ODI XI of 2018
Shakib Al Hasan has been picked in Harsha Bhogle’s ODI team of year 2018. The ace all-rounder was the sole Bangladeshi in Harsha’s XI.
The prominent Indian commentator and analyst picked five Indians – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah in this team for Cricbuzz. While the others were – England’s Joe Root and Jos Buttler, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.
Harsha started with Indian duo Rohit and Dhawan for opening slots. He filled up top four with Kohli and Root. Buttler was picked for wicket-keeping. He did mention that Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were contenders for opening and wk positions respectively.
As he came down to the all-rounders, he said, “Now I need two all-rounders. Shakib Al Hasan is my no.1 all-rounder.”
Harsha picked Thisara Perera as the second all-rounder. There was no place for Mustafizur Rahman as he decided to go with Rabada and Bumrah as seamers while wrist-spinners Rashid and Kuldeep made into the XI as specialist spinners.
Shakib has scored 497 runs at an average of 38.23 in 15 ODIs this year. He hit five fifties which includes a 97-run knock against Windies. WIth the ball in hand, he grabbed 21 wickets at an economy rate of 4.48.