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Chance for Shakib to be highest wicket taker in T20 WC history

  • Published at 08:25 pm October 16th, 2021
File photo of Shakib al Hasan in 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The Tigers would look to Shakib for inspiration when they start their campaign taking on Scotland Sunday

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is on the verge of reaching another milestone as he needs just 10 wickets to be the highest wicket taker in Twenty20 World Cup history.

Shakib, who joined Bangladesh team bubble Saturday after his IPL commitment, is at No 7 at this moment with 30 wickets.

He is in with a chance of being the No 1 because none of the six cricketers above him are in the T20 World Cup this time.

So if he could thrive with cherry, he can quickly rise to the top.

Shakib's 30 wickets came in 25 matches at an average of 19.53 and economy rate of 6.84.

The bowlers who are above Shakib currently is South Africa's Dale Steyn with 30 in 23 matches, Pakistan's Umar Gul with 35 in 24 games, Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis with 35 in 21 matches, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal with 36 in 23 games, Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga with 38 in 31 matches and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi with 39 in 34 games.

England's Stuart Broad also took 30 wickets but since he played one match more than Shakib, he is in eighth position.

Shakib's challenge will be to topple Afridi, the hero of the 2009 T20 World Cup win for Pakistan.

It is difficult for Shakib to eclipse Afridi to rise to the top.

However, Shakib has a record of taking 10 wickets in one World Cup.

The left-arm spinner took 10 wickets in the last T20 World Cup in 2016.

Beforehand in the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, he claimed eight wickets.

Bangladesh are now in a cornered situation following their disappointing defeats in the two official practice matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland.

The Tigers would look to Shakib for inspiration when they start their campaign taking on Scotland Sunday.

Shakib did not have the best of days in the IPL final for Kolkata Knight Riders against Chennai Super Kings, giving away 33 runs in his three overs.

But he is generally used to playing well in cricket's mega events.

Even in the last ODI World Cup in 2019, Shakib created history with 606 runs and 10 wickets in just eight matches.

If he can keep up this habit, it is certain he could rise to the top of the bowling chart in T20 World Cup history.

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