Shakib Al Hasan creates two new chapters in World Cup

DHAKA, - After reaching milestone in every match he played, Shakib Al Hasan now created two new chapters in World Cup history.

He reached 1000 runs and took his wicket tally to 33 in World Cup during the course of tremendous all-round effort that included a patient 51 run knock and 5-29 against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday. It made him the only in the cricket's biggest extravaganza with 1000+ runs and 30+ wicket.

No other player in the World Cup history scored 1000 runs and claimed 30 wickets simultaneously. So the Bangladesh talisman created that new milestone.

Only player that came closest earlier was Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya who ended up with 1165 runs and picking up 27 wickets.

He has another unique record to display. The ace all-rounder so far scored 476 runs and snared 10 wickets in six matches in this World Cup, making him the only player to have a score over 400 and 10 wickets in a single edition.

Shakib now has currently 1016 World Cup runs that put him ahead of Caribbean great Sir Vivian Richards, Indian former skipper Sourav Ganguly and others in 16th place in all time highest run-getters list in World Cup.

His 33 wickets placed him in the 18th place in all time highest wicket-takers list and fifth amongst the spinners in cricket's showpiece event.

In a record-filled day, he became the first Bangladeshi bowler to claim a five-for in World Cup.

In doing so, he joined Indian great Kapil Dev (1983 World Cup) in hitting century and taking five-for in the same edition of World Cup. Shakib had already smashed two centuries in this edition before picking up the 5-29, that is also his career best figure.

He became only second player with 50 plus score and five-for in a World Cup match after Yuvraj Singh who achieved the feat against Ireland in 2011 World Cup.

By doing all these things, he reclaimed the top spot in batting with 476 runs, going past David Warner's 447 and scalped 10 wickets, making him the most valuable players so far in this World Cup. Shakib who played his first World Cup in 2007, began this edition of World Cup with 540 runs from 21 matches. But he dazzled in a way in this World Cup that he almost made all the runs that he scored in the past three tournaments.

The World Cup so has been the tournament of milestone for Shakib. Here he played his 200th ODI, he became the second Bangladeshi player to amass 6000 ODI runs, he became the quickest player to join the four-member ODI double club of '6000 runs and 250+ wickets that also included Sanath Jayasuriya, Shahid Afridi and Jacques Kallis.

He also has four-match fifty-plus streak at the start of World Cup campaign that was only possessed by four other players-Navjot Sing Sidhu, Sachin Tendulkar, Graem Smith and Steve Smith.

Smith has however five straight fifty plus knock (2015) and Shakib could emulate it had he scored 50 plus knock against Australia. But he dismissed on 41, thus Smith's record was saved.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)