Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan achieved a major milestone in his cricketing career, becoming the first-ever bowler from Bangladesh to take 300 ODI wickets.
This feat was accomplished during the third and final ODI match between Bangladesh and England at Chattogram, when Shakib dismissed young spinner Rehan Ahmed for just two runs in England’s chase of 247.
He is also the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs, with 269 wickets followed by Mashrafe Mortaza (269), Abdur Razzak (207), Mustafizur Rahman (142) and Rubel Hossain (129).
Furthermore, Shakib became the third all-rounder after Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan to take 300 wickets and score more than 6,000 runs in ODIs. He has scored 6,976 runs in 227 matches, with an average of 37.70 and nine centuries and 52 half-centuries to his name.
Additionally, he has taken a total of 300 scalps at an average of 28.96 and an economy rate of 4.45, with his best bowling figures in ODIs being 5/29.
Not only is Shakib Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in Tests and T20Is, with 231 and 128 scalps each, but he also proved to be the star performer in the match against England. The hosts were bundled out for 246 runs in 48.5 overs after electing to bat first. Shakib, along with Mushfiqur Rahim (70) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (53), scored half-centuries for their side while other batters largely disappointed.
Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for England, taking 3/35, while Adil Rashid and Sam Curran took two wickets each, and Chris Woakes and Rehan Ahmed got one each.
England’s chase of 247 was riddled with setbacks, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bundled out for 196 with more than seven overs to spare. James Vince (38), Phil Salt (35) and Chris Woakes (34) were the leading batters for the side, but their efforts were not enough to take the visitors over the line.
Shakib bamboozled England with his spin, taking 4/35, and was given the Player of the Match award for his all-round show. Taijul Islam and Ebadot Hossain took two wickets each, while Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz got one each.
Although England won the series 2-1, the Bangladesh team put up a good fight in the final match, thanks to Shakib’s heroics. The three-match T20I series between the two teams will begin on March 9.