World Cup

Shakib’s cricket is out of this world: Abdur Razzak

Bangladesh former left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak insisted that Shakib al Hasan is playing amazing cricket in the ongoing World Cup.

Bangladesh talisman Shakib Al Hasan reveled in multiple records to script his side’s 62-run win over Afghanistan and thereby kept the Tigers alive in the World Cup semifinal race.

He became the first Bangladeshi bowler to claim a five-for that was the most significant feat in record-filled day for him at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday.

Before producing his career-best bowling, a stupendous figure that read 10-1-29-5, Shakib struck a patient 51to help Bangladesh recover from tricky state and thereby reveled in yet another powerful show in the cricket’s biggest extravaganza.

In doing so, he joined Indian great Kapil Dev (1983 World Cup) in hitting century and taking five-for in the same edition of World Cup.

He also became only second player with 50 plus score and five-for in a World Cup match after Yuvraj Singh who achieved the feat against Ireland in 2011 World Cup.

‘’It’s amazing what Shakib Al Hasan is doing,’’ Razzak stated ICC column stated on Wednesday

‘’It’s just unbelievable batting. Shakib has improved a lot because he was dropped in the Indian Premier League and had to practice really hard.

‘’Importantly, he knew what needed to improve - and he did it. As well as being a fantastic all-rounder, Shakib also has the potential to be one of the best batsmen in the world,’’ he said.

‘’When he started, he was a batting all-rounder, but after that he steadily started to improve his bowling as well,’’ he added.

Razzak added that Bangladesh is reaping the understanding between Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim as both are giving them solidity in the middle, thanks to their long association since BKSP from their school days.

‘’His partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim has been particularly strong in this ICC Men's Cricket World Cup,’’ said

‘’A good understanding is really important when building partnerships, and they've been playing for such a long time together that they now know each other inside-out.''

‘’Both are fighters, mentally strong and also smart cricketers too. It's a partnership that works well,’’ he added.

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