Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh have never reached the knockout stage of an ICC Cricket World Cup but in Shakib Al Hasan they have a player whose performances could change that.  Shakib is a dangerous all-rounder who bats aggressively and takes wickets with is left arm orthodox spinners.  The 27-year old made his debut against India back in 2007 and has been touted as the best cricketer Bangladesh have produced to date.

In One Day Internationals, the left-hander averages 34.58 with the bat at a decent strike rate of 79.41 with a best of 134 not out against Canada, but also boasts five other ODI tons.  With ball in hand he has also done well averaging 27.92, with a very good economy rate of 4.26.  The Bangladeshi has taken 182 wickets in his 141 ODI outings.*

There is no doubt that Shakib will hold the key for his side with both bat and ball.

*Al Hasan’s batting and bowling statistics as at 19 January:

M R HS AVE SR
141 3977 134* 34.58 79.41
M W AVE ECO SR
141 182 27.92 4.26 39.2

Photo credit: AFP-Photo-Munir Uz Zaman