Shakib ‘humbled’ by Wisden honour

Sports Correspondent

6 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Shakib ‘humbled’ by Wisden honour

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said that he is humbled by the title of second ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century in ODI cricket by world famous cricket monthly ‘Wisden’.

Shakib, who has been banned for a year, is also ranked sixth in Tests, but did not get a place in the top 20 in T20 format.

Wisden has revealed the list of the Most Valuable Players (MVP) of the century in their edition 33, published in July.

“It's an immense honour for me to feature on this prestigious list of outstanding cricketers and represent my country. I would like to sincerely thank Wisden for bestowing me with this incredible honour of naming me as the 21st century's 2nd most valuable player in ODI cricket and the 6th most valuable player in Test cricket. Truly humbled,” Shakib said in statement through Facebook on Sunday.

Wisden has selected the ‘Most Valuable Players’ (MVP) in a joint study with cricket statistics organisation Cricviz.

Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan has been named the most valuable player in Tests, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been named the best player in ODIs while Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan got the honour in T20 format.

Apart from Muralitharan, Shakib is followed by India’s Rabindra Jadeja, Australia’s Steve Smith, Glenn McGrath and South Africa’s Shaun Pollock.

The formula invented by Cricviz’s data scientist Sam Green, was used to select the MVPs. The formula is based on the impact a player had in a specific match.

However, Wisden Cricket Monthly has said that they have not selected the ‘best’ players, but have found the most influential cricketers of the time.