Whenever it gets hurt, it will hunt you with more power. That is the sign of a lion. So we usually see true champions as lions. Even after injuring his fingers, even after being admitted in the hospital for an infection, if someone starts a competitive event like world cup with scores of 75,64,121,124*, and also picking 5 wickets, means that he is a fighter, he is a champion. Shakib Al Hassan is truly becoming a lion, not just among the Bangla tigers, but even in the world cup.
When he was admitted in america, Shishir, his wife, urged world,especially Bangladeshi people, to pray for his true love. And entire Bangladesh nation replied her request with a great gesture. On the very next Friday, all mosques in the country offered a special prayer for Shakib. People out there believed in him. They knew that, without him, they don’t have much chance to do well in the upcoming world cup. They all accepted her request for this simple reason. Now all their prayers are paid off. He is literally leading the Bangladesh attack, with both bat and ball. Just like a lion!
Even though Shakib leads the ODI all-rounder rankings, initially he was not seen as a big threat like people see Hardik Pandya or Ben Stokes. Everyone knows his ability. But such consistency was not at all expected. People still can’t believe, its the same Shakib, who lost his stumps against Bumrah in the very first ball in the warmup match. His IPL campaign was also not so great. But here he is really living his dream. At the mid of the tournament, it won’t be unfair if we say that he is going to be the player of the tournament. At the moment, he is the best among all others.
Shakib is not just the leading run scorer in the going world cup, but also the most sensible as a well consistent batsman in the world cup. Maybe Joe Root or Rohit Sharma can match it. But Shakib is among the wickets too. Joe Root or Rohit Sharma or Aaron Finch have comparingly a big team to support. That’s what makes Shakib better among the best.
Shakib is always a warrior. He was even ready to give up his life for the nation, just like he did in the last Asia Cup. He suffered an injury against Srilanka the last January. But even before proper healing, he played series against West Indies and Afghanistan. After coming from the West Indies tour, doctors told Shakib to do an operation, as the injury was getting worse. Since the Asia cup was near, Bangladesh Cricket Board urged Shakib to extend the surgery. He accepted their request wholeheartedly. Bangladesh reached the finals too. He was ready to give everything for his nation.
Shakib is an literally an inspiration. Growing from a small country like Bangladesh, he became world’s best all rounder. There is a lot of hard work behind his success. From his early days, he understood the situations very well and he played like a leader for Bangladesh. You can see that even in the last match against West Indies. When Bangaldesh lost their third wicket, they required nearly 190 runs. That too more than 6 per over were required. But he didn’t give up. He played one of the best knocks under pressure in World Cup history and defeated the West Indian pace attack. He also supported Litton Das from the other end. Literally a senior player in all sense. Shakib is certainly a legendary figure in Bangladesh. Above all, he is not just a Bangladeshi legend, but also a world legend. His records say so.
202 matches, 6101 Runs, 254 Wickets, 48 catches. Huge Achievement in fact. 9 centuries and 44 fifties, also increase his fame. Nothing more can be asked from a No.1 all-rounder. He was also the fastest to reach 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODI. Ben Stokes or Hardik may become bigger all-rounders than Shakib, but they can’t match his composure and consistency.
When Bangladesh defeated big teams like India and South Africa in 2007 world cup, it was called upset. But if they do the same this year (one which they already did this year by beating South Africa) , they are not any more upsets or wonders. Because Bangladesh have grown into such a stature, especially with rise of players like Shakib. Above all, Bangladesh have hope this time. Players like Shakib will certainly give their heart and soul, to sustain their hope. Let us hope for the best.