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Daily Telegraph: Shakib undisputed MVP of Cricket World Cup 2019

  • Published at 12:29 pm June 20th, 2019
Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan plays a shot during their World Cup match against the West Indies in Taunton Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Taunton

The newspaper says he is Bangladesh’s best batsman and bowler

The Telegraph— a British daily newspaper founded in 1855—has analyzed the performances of 150 ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 players, and declared Shakib Al-Hasan the undisputed Most Valuable Player (MVP) – to date. 

Of this year’s players, only Shakib could mount a plausible claim to being both his country’s best batsman and best bowler, writes The Telegraph. 

It continues by saying Shakib is valued by players he’s played – with or against; fans who have enjoyed his stellar international career and fine returns in the Indian Premier League; and those who have seen his official ICC player ranking. Additionally, in 2015, he became the only cricketer ever to top the allrounder ratings in all three formats at the same time. 

The paper reports that Shakib is underrated because he is not from one of the sport’s traditional titans, so some have found it easy to overlook his multifarious talents; pointing to the example that Australia has only played Bangladesh in one ODI since 2011.

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In 2000, two seminal events helped to transform Bangladesh’s cricket team: Bangladesh was awarded Test status and Shakib, age 13, was selected for the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan – the national sports institute.

He made his international debut six years later, and instantly became an indispensable player through his instinctive batting and shrewd left-arm spin.

The Telegraph adds that for all that his self-belief, Shakib’s fire has not always been channelled constructively and, in 2014, he was suspended by the board for six months after disagreements with the coach. However, he has mellowed, and is now back as Test and T20 captain. 

The Telegraph observes that Shakib: takes on the hardest role on his team, routinely bowls during the Powerplay and towards the end, started batting at three in ODIs, and, in 19 games there, averages 59.68 – including consecutive centuries against England and the West Indies. 

The paper concludes that Shakib’s celebrations, shaking his partner’s hands after seeing Bangladesh to their impudent chase of 322 against the West Indies, represent his contribution to Bangladeshi cricket.