Shakib Al Hasan emerged to be the Man of the Match once again, as the all-rounder scored 51 runs and picked up five wickets to guide Bangladesh to a comfortable victory against bottom-placed Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on June 24. Shakib has been in prime form, consistently putting up match-winning performances in the ongoing World Cup, and has gone on to become the leading run scorer in the tournament.
The all-rounder's latest show with the ball made him the player with the most number of wickets in the World Cups for Bangladesh. Shakib picked up five wickets for 29 runs in 10 overs at an economy of 2.90, making it the best bowling figures for a Bangladesh player in the World Cups, taking his tally to 10 wickets in the tournament. He might have not top-scored for the team with the bat against Afghanistan, but he did put up a magnificent half-century, that guided him to become the player with most runs for Bangladesh in the World Cups alongside becoming the leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament. Shakib has scored 476 runs in 6 matches with an incredible number of 48 boundaries to his name.
Shakib's all-around performance saw him being compared to India's Yuvraj Singh, and became the first ever player to score 1000 runs and pick over 30 wickets in the World Cups.
Netizens heaped praises on Shakib for his consistent match-winning performances that have helped the Tigers to taste victory on more than just one occasion. Read some of the messages here:
The victory saw Bangladesh inch closer to the top four, as they now have seven points from three victories to their name. With an uphill task at hand, Bangladesh will look to overcome India in their next fixture on 2 July at Edgbaston, Birmingham and qualify for the next stage.