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Shakib Al Hasan – The greatest all-rounder

Shakib Al Hasan – The greatest all-rounder

On March 24, 2020, Shakib Al Hasan celebrated his birthday amid the Corona virus pandemic. He is one of the best all-rounders cricket has ever known even though he did not report suspected match-fixing approaches towards him and now faces a one-year ban for the same. Shakib Al Hasan is also considered one of the best batsmen that Bangladesh has ever produced.

Batting and bowling averages

Especially in Test cricket, to evaluate the quality of an allrounder, batting average minus the bowling average is a good measure. Shakib’s bowling average is 31.12 and batting average, 39.4 both of which are the best among the current breed of all-rounders. In 2000, amidst all others, Shakib was overtaken only by Jacques Kallis. Apart from him, Shakib takes the position on the all-time list. The other all-rounders, who have higher differences between batting and bowling averages are Ian Botham 5.14, Tony Greig 8.23, Kapil Dev 1.4 and Richard Hadlee at 4.86.

Ultimate performance

Shakib joined an elite club when he played against Zimbabwe in Khulna. There are only two other players included here Imran Khan and Ian Botham. Shakib took Bangladesh to a 162-run win when he scored 137 in the first innings and subsequently provided figures of 5 for 80 and 5 for 44 for the team.

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