Mashrafe, Shakib gear up for World Cup

Sports Correspondent

22 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Can Mashrafe Mortaza end his ICC World Cup campaign as the leading wicket taker for Bangladesh in the global tournament as he is too far behind country’s leading wicket-taker Shakib Al Hasan in terms of overall wickets.

Considering the performance of Mashrafe in the just concluded tour of Ireland and the way Shakib’s role is chalked it is not impossible as there is every possibility that the Tigers skipper might be able to end his World Cup campaign on a personal high.

While Mashrafe looked to be going after wickets Shakib seemed to be content to contain the batsmen during the campaign in Ireland which saw Tigers earn their maiden multi-nation tournament.

Mash took six wickets in four matches while Shakib picked two from three matches which only indicates the form of two leading bowler of the country.

Tiger all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has played three World Cups so far for Bangladesh. In these three campaigns he took 23 wickets in 21 matches. 

Shakib is at the top among the Bangladeshi bowlers in terms of wickets in World Cup. His economy rate is 4.99 and average is 35.78, another spinner Abdur Razzak is on the second position for Bangladesh.

Razzak played two World Cups and took 20 wickets, his economy rate is 4.63 runs and bowling average is 28.20 in the World Cup.  Tiger captain Mashrafe Mortaza is on the third spot.

Mashrafe has played 16 World Cup matches so far and took 18 wickets with economy rate of 4.98. His bowling average is 36.05 in the World Cup. Pacer Rubel Hossain and former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmood Sujon is on fourth and fifth position respectively.