The past week has been very special in the history of Bangladesh cricket and Shakib Al Hasan. In a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe away from home, Shakib Al Hasan showcased his all-around ability to propel Bangladesh to a 3-0 series win at Harare.
Bangladesh gain another 10 points in the ICC Men’s @cricketworldcup Super League, powered by @MRFWorldwide— ICC (@ICC) July 20, 2021
They defeat Zimbabwe by five wickets and sweep the ODI series 3-0.
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The 34-year old is currently the number one all arounder in the ICC rankings in the fifty-over format and proved his prowess with the bat amassing 145 runs in three matches at an average of 72.70, including an unbeaten 96 runs in a 241-run thrilling run chase.
Shakib was equally destructive with the ball as he wreaked havoc with a five-wicket haul (5/30) in the first ODI. En route to this five-wicket haul, he achieved a historic feat by going past Mashrafe Mortaza's 269 ODI wickets.
🥇 Shakib Al Hasan surpasses Mashrafe Mortaza to become Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in ODIs with the prized scalp of Brendan Taylor.— ICC (@ICC) July 16, 2021
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With eight wickets in the series and valuable contributions with the bat, he was adjudged the Player of the Series for his all-around performance. Talking about his success in the tournament, Shakib said, "At this stage my problem was not technical. It was more of a mental battle, which once I could overcome, playing freely and scoring runs got easy."
.@Sah75official speaks after the 2nd ODI match against Zimbabwe.#BANvZIM #RiseOfTheTigers pic.twitter.com/di9XDBlEZw— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) July 18, 2021
Bangladesh will lock horns with Zimbabwe in the shortest format of the game, starting on Thursday, 22nd July.