Shakib Al Hasan is one of the greatest all-rounders in the world of cricket at the moment. Shakib reached a new feat by breaking South Africa’s cricketing legend Jacques Kallis’ record. Kallis has been considered as arguably the best all-rounder in ODIs. However, Bangladesh’s Shakib managed to beat him by a mile, taking a double of 200 wickets and scoring 5,000 ODI runs in just 178 matches. The Bangladesh all-rounder scored 5,012 runs and has 224 wickets to his name. He is just behind Mashrafe Mortaza in the number of wickets taken in ODIs and behind Tamim Iqbal when it comes to most ODI runs for Bangladesh.
Shakib is also the No 1 ranked all-rounder in ODIs ahead of Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nabi, Angelo Mathews, Ben Stokes and others. Not only in ODIs, but Shakib is also the top-ranked all-rounder in Tests as well ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
The 30-year-old reached the unique feat in the first ODI vs South Africa. Bangladesh eventually lost the match by a big margin of 10 wickets despite scoring 278 runs. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla both scored centuries to outclass Bangladesh bowlers.
Shakib stitched a partnership with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who went on to score his 5th ODI century. The all-rounder scored 29 runs from 45 balls while going past the 5,000 ODI runs mark. He already had more than 200 wickets in the ODIs. Surprisingly, Shakib came to bat on No 3 position. He had batted at the No 3 position in ODIs just once before.
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Here are the statistics of players Shakib surpassed to become the quickest to take 200 wickets and score 5,000 runs in ODIs –
The difference between Shakib and other players is a big one. The next all-rounder after him is Kallis with a gap of 43 matches. Shakib and Kallis were teammates while playing for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and have always spoken highly for each other as players.