Shakib Al Hasan and His Career Status Shown
Shakib Al Hasan, also known as Faisal, (Bengali: সাকিব আল হাসান) (born 24 March 1987 in Magura) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is a left-handed middle order batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He emerged from Bangladesh's only educational sports institution. He made his One Day International debut against Zimbabwe in August 2006. He was awarded as The Wisden Cricketer magazine's
Test Cricketer of the Year for 2009. He became Bangladesh's captain in July 2009 after Mashrafe Mortaza injured himself in his first match in charge. Initially a temporary position until Mortaza recovered, Hasan's success against the West Indies, securing his side's first overseas series win, ensured he retained the position even once Mortaza had recovered. In July 2010, he stepped down from the ODI captaincy to concentrate on his personal performance.
Early years and youth cricket-
Shakib began playing football at a young age and was taught by his father who previously played for Khulna Division, and a cousin had represented Bangladesh. Despite football running in the family, Shakib "was fairly proficient [at cricket] and was often hired to play for different villages". In one of these matches Shakib impressed an umpire who arranged for him to practice with the Islampur Para Club, a
team in the Magura Cricket League. During the practice session, Shakib batted aggressively and bowled fast, as he usually did,
but also chose to experiment with spin bowling and proved effective. He was picked to play for Islampur and took a wicket with his first ball; it was his first delivery with a proper cricket ball, having previously generally played with a taped tennis ball.
At the age of 15, Shakib was representing Bangladesh U19s. In 2005, during the final of a tri-nation tournament involving England and Sri Lanka's U19 teams, Shakib scored an 86-ball century and took three wickets to help his
team to victory. Between 2005 and 2006, Hasan played 18 Youth One Day Internationals; he scored 563 runs at an average of 35.18, and took 22 wickets at an average of 20.18.
Hasan was included in Bangladesh's senior squad to tour Zimbabwe in 2006. Along with Farhad Reza and Mushfiqur Rahim, Hasan was one of three uncapped players to be included in the squad. Shakib and Reza were described as "very good cricketers in all departments of the game", and Faruq Ahmed – the chief selector – said that Bangladesh had "high hopes from them and it's time for them to perform at the
international level". In September 2006, Shakib was one of three players to be granted a rookie contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), along with Farhad Reza and Mehrab Hossain Jr. This increased the number of players with central contracts and under the control of the BCB from 20 to 23.
Bangladesh's and the world's leading all-rounder-
Shakib took his first Test wicket against South Africa, bowling AB De Villiers. He has become an increasingly important part of Bangladeshi Test cricket including taking a record breaking seven wicket haul and scoring a half century against New Zealand in October 2008. He then got 5/70 and 96 against Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day test at Dhaka, for which he was named man of the match. He is currently ranked as the best ODI all-rounder in the world according to the ICC ODI rankings.
Although he was part of the auction of players for the 2009 Indian Premier League, Shakib was not chosen by any of the eight teams and no bids were made for him. This was despite being rated as the world's best ODI all-rounder at the time. Fellow teammate-Mashrafe Mortaza, who was bought in the auction, said "I would have been a lot happier if Shakib had got a
team because he truly deserved it for his sensational form with the bat and ball".
Breaking several national records-
Shakib Al Hasan is the first Bangladeshi to place number three test all-rounder, number one ODI Allrounder, number two ODI Bowler, number ten test Bowler (as August 14, 2010) according to ICC player Ranking. Shakib is the first player for Bangladesh to get chance to play the county cricket. Shakib started his county career for Worcestershire in 2010.
Taking over as captain-
In Mortaza's absence through injury, Shakib led Bangladesh for the remainder of the tour. Under Shakib's leadership Bangladesh went on to win the second Test, and in the process secured their first overseas series win. Individually Shakib performed well, earning both the player-of-the-match and player-of-the-series awards, scoring 16 and 96* with the bat and taking 3/59 and 5/70 with the ball. He scored 159 runs in the series at an average of 53.00 and was Bangladesh's second highest run-scorer for the series; his haul of 13 wickets at an average of 18.76 from both matches meant Shakib was the equal highest wicket-taker for the series along with West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach.
Hasan was appointed captain for Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe in August 2009 as Mortaza was still injured. In the second ODI of the five match series in Zimbabwe in August 2009, Shakib scored 104 off only 64 balls before being unfortunately run-out – his third ODI century – to help his
team to their highest score in ODIs and lead Bangladesh to a 2–0 lead in the series. He finished the series with 170 runs from 5 matches at an average of 42.50 – fifth highest run-scorer – and 6 wickets an average of 39.66, fourth highest wicket-taker in the series.
Records and statistics-
After winning the Test series 2–0, Bangladesh proceeded to whitewash the ODI series, winning 3–0. The West Indies' dispute remained unsolved for the whole of Bangladesh's tour and the West Indies continued to field an inexperienced side. Shakib collected two half centuries in the ODI series, averaging 45.00, and was the third highest run-scorer in the series; he also took 2 wickets at an average of 48.00. For his performance in the ODIs, Hasan was named the man of the series.
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- ODI performance:
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team's 4–1 victory in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, Hasan travelled to Australia to undergo medical treatment for acute groin pain.
He had been experiencing pain since the end of the West Indies tour, but had decided to play through the pain and lead Bangladesh in Zimbabwe. Hasan was nominated for the Cricket of the Year and Test Player of the Year in the 2009 ICC Awards, the only Bangladesh player to be nominated in either category that year.