Sports minister congratulates Shakib

Sports Correspondent

5 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP on Saturday congratulated country’s celebrated cricketer Shakib Al Hasan as he is recognised as the second best ODI player of the century by Wisden.

In a congratulatory message, the sports minister said, “I congratulate all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for his recognition as the second best ODI player of the twenty-first century by Wisden. It is great news for us amid the pandemic crisis. Bangladesh strengthened their position in the cricket world with this feat. Our government has always stood with him. Hopefully, he will get back on the field soon and to keep his show up.”

The 33-year-old all-rounder scored a total of 6323 runs from 206 ODI matches with 37.64 average and 82.75 strike rate. He smashed 9 centuries and 47 fifties and the highest knock was 135-run. Shakib also possessed an impressive bowling figure. He claimed 260 wickets from 206 matches with 4.48 economy rate. His best bowling figure is five for 29.

The magazine Wisden, colloquially the Bible of cricket, revealed it in the July edition after their joint studies with cricket statistics organisation Cricviz on Most Valuable Players.