Exactly ten years ago a confident teenager started his journey in international cricket for a country which had also just started to improve as an emerging force. After much adventure which saw many ups and some bad days, Shakib Al Hasan has established himself as a global brand by playing all over the world.
Shakib has become the first genuine superstar of Bangladesh cricket by his ability and quality to deliver both with bat and ball across the globe. His fighting approach has encouraged many of his teammates as well as millions who look up to him and want to become a cricketing superstar in future.
One of his biggest strength is that he doesn't bother about his opponent or the condition. With great authority, he has landed plenty of accolades in ten years. He has become the leading all-rounder in limited overs cricket.
The latest feather in Shakib's cap came on tenth anniversary of his international debut, which was in August 2006 in Zimbabwe. After the Jamaica Tallawahs clinched this season's Caribbean Premier League, Shakib now has domestic T20 titles in three countries now. In the final against the Guyana Amazon, his two wickets helped in the big nine-wicket win as well as taking him up to the top of the spinners' order as the highest wicket-taker in T20s.
The left-arm spinner now has 242 wickets in 209 matches and surpassed the West Indian Sunil Narine who has 241 scalps in 191 games. Shakib is seventh in the all-time T20 wicket-takers' list which Dwayne Bravo leads with 341 wickets.
Shakib had an average performance compared to his caliber for Jamaica this season. He scored 160 runs with the bat with a single fifty and bagged twelve wickets, having played in 13 games. But still his presence and experience was vital behind Jamaica's second title.
And with this title win, Shakib now has the glory for playing in three dometic T20 championship winning sides after having won it for Kolkata Knight Riders in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League. Just for the record, Shakib is not too far behind among journeyman T20 performers, having played in 15 teams worldwide so far.
With still a long way to go in his career even Shakib might not know where to finish as nothing looked impossible for him so far. But there is little doubt that he will finish as the best Bangladeshi cricketer.