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Shakib Interview: I never wanted to be a professional cricketer

The undying love for the game and immense passion to chase your dreams ensured our knight, Shakib Al Hasan carve his name in the record books of world cricket.

On Friday, 16th July, he achieved a historic feat by going past Mashrafe Mortaza's 269 wickets en route to his five-wicket haul in the first One Day International against Zimbabwe at Harare.

In the latest episode of I Am A Knight, the 34-year old shared insights on his journey and the achievement of being the World’s Number 1 all-rounder.

Hours of gruelling sessions in his hometown and consistent performances in domestic cricket resulted in his inclusion in the much-awaited Test series against India in 2006.

Fifteen years of his glorious international career enthralling millions of people with his all-around skills, cricket was considered to be a profession only after his initial couple of years at the international cricket.

Shakib went through the grind of age-group cricket, juggling between his studies and matches before making it big at the international arena in 2006.

"I used to like the game, and I started playing it, and I loved it. That was like my passion and hobby kind of thing, but I never thought of making it a profession for me," he said. 

With the expectations of the fans post the 2011 World Cup, Shakib had the sole aim of doing well for the team and sticking to the process.

Reflecting on his Number one ranking, he says, "I always thought that I have to become the best player of my team, and I have to contribute more than anyone else for my team to be able to win the game for the team. It is not about me, it is about the team always.”

One of the stalwarts of Bangladesh cricket, Shakib has amassed 6570 runs with 276 wickets in the fifty over format to guide the Bangladesh team to some famous wins over the years.