Shakib Al Hasan’s wait for an extraordinary double of 4,000 runs plus 300 wickets has ended as the Bangladesh all-rounder managed the bowling feat in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday.
Shakib, who had 299 T20 wickets to his credit prior to the Mumbai game, joined the 300-wicket club after dismissing captain Rohit Sharma while he crossed 4,000 runs in T20s against Kolkata Knight Riders this season.
A regular in T20 matches in leagues across the world, the West Indian has 378 matches under his belt.
Bangladesh all-rounder @Sah75official last night became the second player to reach the milestone of 4,000 runs and 300 wickets in T20s!
— ICC (@ICC) April 25, 2018
Overall, the maverick Tigers all-rounder is just the fifth bowler in history to bag 300 wickets or more in the shortest format of the game.
Remarkably, Shakib is the first left-arm in history to take more than 300 wickets in T20s. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi is the only other player to have 300 wickets and 3,000 runs in T20s.
In 274 matches, the veteran all-rounder has taken 300 wickets and scored 3,893 runs.
Only two other bowlers have broken the 300-wicket barrier – Mumbai Indians Bowling Mentor Lasith Malinga who has 348 wickets in 256 matches, and Sunil Narine, who has 324 wickets from 276 matches.
It was another tough day on the field but feeling great for @Sah75official bhai as he becomes the first ever left arm spinner to take 300 T20 wickets & for reaching in unique feat for scoring 4,000 runs & picking as the second all-rounder. Keep it up. #Blessed pic.twitter.com/7I3ARXjqpM
— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) April 24, 2018
Shakib has taken three five-fors in T20s, and seven four-for over the course of his career. His career-best T20 bowling figure of 6/6 came while representing Barbados Tridents in the 2013 CPL.
T20s’ top five elite all-rounders-
Dwayne Bravo- 5,607 runs, 417 wickets
Shakib al Hasan- 4,069 runs, 300 wickets
Shahid Afridi- 3,893 runs, 300 wickets
Kieron Pollard- 8,103 runs, 251 wickets
Shane Watson- 6,640 runs, 215 wickets