POST TIME: 26 April, 2018 08:48:18 AM
Shakib earns a rare T20 double
Sports Reporter

Shakib earns a rare T20 double

Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketers Shakib Al Hasan (L) and Mohammad Nabi (C) celebrate after the wicket of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. AFP Photo

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the only second player in the planet to have achieved 4000 runs and 300 wickets in senior T20 cricket history. On a day when his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad ended their two-match losing streak, outclassing Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a low-scoring affair, Bangladesh ace Shakib achieved the feat, keeping the full-house Wankhede Stadium as witness.

In this IPL, Shakib crossed 4000 runs mark on the way to his unbeaten 24 against his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. In that match he also took two wickets to take his wicket tally to 299. He then needed just one wicket to be the second player after West Indies’s Dwayne Bravo to have the double. But in the next two matches against Punjab Kings XI and Chennai Super Kings, he went wicket-less to make the wait a bit longer.

In those two matches, Sunrisers lost badly to be displaced from the top spot. They needed a victory to get back to the winning-spree but were wrapped up for just 118 to raise the prospect of third straight defeats. However Sunrisers bowlers bowled nicely to make it tougher for Mumbai Indians and Shakib made the killer-punch in Mumbai’s aspiration by removing their captain Rohit Sharma. And this wicket took his tally to 300 finally.

Shakib took just one wicket in this match but it was such a big wicket that paved the way for an astonishing victory as Mumbai were finally skittled out for 87 only.

“Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records! Congratulations to the prince of T20 for becoming the 2nd person in history to take 300 wickets & 4000+ runs in T20 cricket. We are proud and honored to have witnessed it,” a fan wrote in Shakib’s facebook page as a tribute to his achievement.

Bravo, the 34-year-old all-rounder from Trinidad, has been one of the great T20 players over the years, and has a tally of 5607 runs to go with 417 wickets, well ahead of Shakib’s 4069 runs and 300 strikes.

Both of them are well off the top when it comes to most runs, though, with Chris Gayle heading the list with 11,297 runs and 25 other players on the table ahead of Bravo.

With the ball, though, Bravo is right on top, and is followed by Lasith Malinga (348), Sunil Narine (325) and Shakib. Apart from them, Shahid Afridi also has 300 T20 wickets.

Shakib, playing for Hyderabad in the IPL, has been one of the better performers as the team has registered four wins in their six matches. The Bangladesh all-rounder has scored 89 runs at a strike rate of 130.88 with a best of 27, and picked up six wickets with an economy rate of 7.33.

Shakib is also ranked No.1 in the list of all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, and No.1 and No.3 in the corresponding lists for one-day international and T20 International cricket.