Shakib named among Top 100 Test cricketers of the century


Jannatul Naym Pieal

World’s number one all-rounder from Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan has been named in Cricket Australia‘s Top 100 Test Players of the 21st Century. Maybe this news will come as no surprise as Shakib certainly deserves to be one of the best 100 performers of the longest format of the game in this century. But his position in the list may raise many eyebrows, especially of the Bangladeshi spectators who have been closely following the ace all-rounder’s rising since his debut.

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Shakib is ranked 92 which is a bit of surprising for most of the Tiger fans. The flamboyant all-rounder so far played 40 matches and scored 2,741 runs at an impressive averege of 39.72 which is second only to Mominul Haque, as far as Bangladesh batsmen are concerned. Shakib’s tally of 2,741 is third highest among the Bangladesh willowers. Only Tamim Iqbal and Habibul Bashar Sumon are above him in this list. Shakib also scalped 146 wickets till date at an averege strike rate of 33.10. He is currently Bangladesh’s all-time highest wicket taker. He is also the number one Test all-rounder of the world.

Shakib followed in the legendary footsteps of Imran Khan and Sir Ian Botham last November against Zimbabwe when he became just the third player to 10 wickets and score a century in the same Test.

Considering all this feats Shakib achieved so far and is to achieve in the years to come, he definitely deserved a much higher rank in the list. Still, Shakib will take it but won’t step here. He will try to continue his golden run both with the bat and the ball so that one day he can even break into the list of Test cricket’s all-time greats as well!

Now following are excerpts of what Cricket Australia wrote regarding Shakib Al Hasan to explain his inclusion to the list.

Confident, classy and occasionally controversial, Shakib Al Hasan has become his nation’s most revered cricketer, and is idolised by millions. A high-quality left-arm orthodox spinner and gifted middle-order batsman, Shakib is ranked the world’s No.1 allrounder, and boasts five-wicket hauls against the eight nations he has played against, as well as centuries against Zimbabwe, Pakistan and New Zealand. The 28-year-old is yet to play against Australia but will have his chance later in the year in the two-Test series scheduled for October.

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