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King Shakib conquers the summit

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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King Shakib conquers the summit
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (right) celebrates with teammate after taking a wicket against Scotland during their ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup match at Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Muscat on Sunday. Spinners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan claimed five wickets between them but Chris Greaves helped Scotland post 140-9. – BCB PHOTO

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan achieved a new personal milestone on Sunday as he surpassed Sri Lankan pace legend Lasith Malinga to become the most successful bowler in T20 internationals during their opening Group B match of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers against Scotland in Muskat, Oman.

The 34-year old, who was two wickets shy of the record, completed the feat during the 11th over of Scotland innings after he claimed the wickets of Richie Berrington (two) and Michael Leask (zero) within three deliveries in his second over of the match and took his tally to 108 wickets.

Thus Shakib also became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to reach the summit of any top wicket-taker or run-getter’s list in any format.

Shakib finished the innings with 2-17 and he now has the most number of T20 international wickets to his name which he achieved in his 89th T20I.

Meanwhile, Malinga, who recently retired from the format, claimed 107 wickets in 84 matches for his country in this format.