Bangladesh iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan surpassed a milestone of 11,000 runs in international arc across the formats during the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup against South Africa at the Kennington Oval yesterday.
Shakib was just five runs away from the accomplishment before their World Cup opener. The premier all-rounder appeared to the crease after Tamim Iqbal’s dismissal and opened his account with boundary. Therefore, he touched the milestone when he took a single off Andile Phehlukwayo.
The left-handed batsman achieved the feat as the second Bangladesh batsman after Tamim Iqbal, who amassed12,582 runs in his kitty.
The south-paw is just eight runs away from another milestone of 6,000 runs in one-day international cricket what is expected to cross in this 50-over extravaganza event.
Before being dismissed, Shakib finally scored 75 that eclipsed his previous World Cup best of 63.
The 32-year-old all-rounder crossed a landmark of 600 (615) that is the World Cup highest aggregate run for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim closely followed him with 588 runs.
Yesterday Shakib and Mushfiq shared a useful 142 for the third-wicket stand that is the highest third-wicket partnership for Bangladesh against South Africa. Their partnership laid the foundation of the comprehensive total of 330-6 that is also a record that eclipsed the erstwhile 329-6 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2015.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is also in the race of entering into the elite club of 11,000 runs in all the three formats. As of now, the diminutive batsman racked up 10,780 runs. He has every probability of achieving the feat in the England World Cup.
Shakib is also on the brink of another landmark which he could achieve in this match. He has 249 scalps and more than 5000 runs (5725 runs till the match against South Africa is going on ) in ODI cricket.
Just claiming a one-off wicket will assist him to achieve the double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets as the fifth cricketer of the globe. So far only four cricketers – Abdul Razzaq (234 matches), Jacques Kallis (296 matches), Shahid Afridi (273 matches) and Sanath Jayasuriya (304 matches) have achieved this double.
Both Shakib and Mushfiq missed the opportunity for scoring the highest individual scores against South Africa in the World Cup. Mohammad Ashraful clattered 87 off 83 against the Proteas in Guyana in the 2007 World Cup.
Shakib fell 12 runs short of it, while Mushfiq fell shy of nine runs of the record.