Bangladesh cricketer Shakib-Al-Hasan is one of the finest all-rounders of all time
Playing for Bangladesh, Shakib has impressed cricket fans all over the world
He is the only spinner to pick 100 ODI wickets on a single ground ( at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium )
So here, we have listed down 35 Superb facts about Shakib-Al-Hasan
1) On 24 March 1987, Shakib Al Hasan was born in the district of Khulna in Bangladesh
2) From an early age, he was interested in playing cricket and was hired by others to play for different teams
3) Shakib played for Islampur Para Club and then spent six months practicing at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, a sports institution run by the government
4) In 2003, Shakib-Al-Hasan made his Under-17 debut against UAE in the ACC Under-17 Cup in Vishakapatnam
In this match, he ended with figures of 3-18 in his eight overs
5) In May 2004, Shakib made his first-class debut for Khulna at the age of 17
He got three wickets in the match and Bangladeshi-born Italian cricketer Rakibul Hasan was his 1st first-class victim
6) In November 2005, Shakib made his Under-19 debut for Bangladesh in the 2005 Afro-Asia Under-19 Cup against the India U-19 team
In this match, he picked his first wicket in Under-19 level cricket in the form of Tanmay Srivastava
7) In his 18 Youth ODI matches, Shakib scored 563 runs at an average of 35.18, including one century and three half-centuries
He has also picked 22 wickets at an average of 20.18 and with a miserly economy of 3.68
8) On 6 August 2006, Shakib-Al-Hasan made his ODI debut for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club
In this match, he scored 30 runs and picked his first ODI wicket in the form of Elton Chigumbura
9) On 28 November 2006, Shakib made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in Khulna
In his T20I debut, Shakib scored 26 runs and picked his 1st T20I in the form of Sean Williams.
10) On 6 May 2007, Shakib made his Test debut against India but claimed his first test wicket only against New Zealand in Chittagong
New Zealand’s Craig Cumming was his first victim in Test cricket
11) On 20 October 2008, against New Zealand in the first test, Shakib-Al-Hasan ended with figures of 7-37, the then best bowling figures by a Bangladesh cricketer in Test matches
12) From January 2009 to April 2011, Shakib-Al-Hasan was ranked the No.1 all-rounder in ODIs by the ICC
13) In June 2009, Shakib-Al-Hasan was appointed as Bangladesh’s vice-captain by the Bangladesh Cricket board
During the 2009 Bangladesh tour of the West Indies, when Mortaza injured his knee in the first Test, Shakib took over as captain on the last day and led Bangladesh to their first overseas Test victory against the West Indies in Kingstown
14) On 17 July 2009, during the second test against West Indies, at the age of 22 years and 115 days, Shakib-Al-Hasan became Bangladesh’s youngest captain
15) In 2009, Shakib-Al-Hasan became the only Bangladesh cricketer who got nominated as ‘Cricketer of the Year’ and ‘Test Player of the Year’ in the 2009 ICC Awards
16) In November 2009, Shakib became the No. 1 bowler in ICC ODI rankings and was named “Test Player of the Year” by the world’s best-selling monthly cricket magazine ‘The Wisden Cricketer’
17) In July 2010, Shakib-Al-Hasan made his debut for Worcestershire and became the first Bangladesh cricketer to play for a county side.
Playing for Worcestershire, he picked bowling figures of 7/32 against Middlesex, his best bowling figures in first-class cricket
18) In the 2010 Asia Cup, Shakib was Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker with five wickets
19) In October 2010, under Shakib’s captaincy, Bangladesh defeated New Zealand 4-0 in the ODI series
In this ODI series, Shakib-Al-Hasan led from the front and finished with 213 runs and 11 wickets
20) In the 2011 World Cup, West Indies dismissed Bangladesh for 58 runs, Bangladesh’s lowest score in ODIs
After the match, some angry Bangladesh cricket fans stoned Shakib’s house. Shakib described the day of this match as the ‘worst day’ of his international career
21) On 15 April 2011, Shakib made his IPL debut for KKR against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur
In the 2011 IPL, Shakib took 11 wickets from seven matches and finished as KKR’s 3rd-highest wicket-taker.
22) In December 2011, against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla cricket stadium, Shakib became the first Bangladesh cricketer to score a century and pick five wickets in an innings of the same Test.
23) In the 2014 IPL, Shakib scored 227 runs and picked 11 wickets to help KKR win the 2014 IPL title
For all his performances in 2014, Shakib-Al-Hasan was named the 12th man in ESPNCricinfo’s IPL XI.
24) In November 2014, against Zimbabwe, Shakib-Al-Hasan became only the fourth cricketer in Test match history after Alan Davidson, Ian Botham, and Imran Khan to score a hundred and pick 10 wickets in the same Test match.
25) On 15 July 2015, Shakib-Al-Hasan became the youngest cricketer to score 4,000 runs and pick 200 wickets in ODIs
26) On 28 August 2017, against Australia, Shakib became the 4th bowler to record a five-wicket haul against all Test Playing countries
27) In November 2018, against West Indies, Shakib-Al-Hasan became the first Bangladesh bowler to take 200 Test wickets
In the same match, he became the fastest cricketer to score 3,000 runs and take 200 wickets in Test matches
28) In April 2019, against South Africa in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Shakib-Al-Hasan became the fastest cricketer to pick 250 wickets and score 5,000 runs in ODIs ( 199 ODIs )
29) On 24 June 2019, against Afghanistan, Shakib also became the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1,000 runs in the World Cup
30) On 2 July 2019, against India, Shakib became the first cricketer in the World Cup to score 600 runs and take 10 wickets in a single tournament.
Shakib was the third highest run-getter in the tournament with 606 runs and also managed to pick 11 wickets.
ICC and ESPNCricinfo named him in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2019 Cricket World Cup
31) In 2018, Shakib was contacted by bookmakers but he didn’t report those approaches to the ICC
So, on 29 October 2019, ICC banned him from all forms of cricket for two years
32) On 16 July 2021, against Zimbabwe, Shakib-Al-Hasan picked his 270th dismissal to become the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs
He achieved this feat by breaking former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s record of 269 ODI wickets
33) On 20 January 2022, ICC included Shakib in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year along with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman
34) Other than IPL, Shakib has played in domestic T20 leagues all over the world like CPL, PSL, and BBL
35) In 2019, ESPN ranked Shakib-Al-Hasan the 90th most famous athlete in the world.