Sakib touches new heights

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 22,2019


Bangladesh captain Sakib al Hasan (R) successfully appeals for an lbw decision against Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Nabi during their Tri-nation Twenty20 series match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday. — BCB photo

Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan on Saturday added a new feather to his crown by becoming only the fourth bowler to take 350 wickets in Twenty20 cricket.

Sakib, who was only one wicket short of reaching the milestone, finished with 1-24 against Afghanistan in the last league match of the tri-nation Twenty20 series in Chattogram and joined Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine in the elite list.

During the 13th over of Afghanistan innings, Sakib trapped Mohammad Nabi for a plumb leg-before wicket and took his wicket tally to 350 in this format. 

Since making Twenty20 international debut in November, 2006, Sakib has become a global torch bearer of Bangladesh cricket, playing in most of the franchise-based leagues around the world.

Sakib, with 92 Twenty20 international wickets, is the third highest wicket-taker in this format and is also the highest wicket-taker in Bangladesh Premier League, country’s most extravagant Twenty20 tournament.

The 32-year old took 106 wickets in 76 matches while representing four different sides – Dhaka Dynamites, Dhaka Gladiators, Khulna Royal Bengals and Rangpur Riders in six different editions of the tournament.

Sakib made his Indian Premier League debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010 and barring the 2013 edition he has featured in all the editions of the tournament since then playing 63 matches for Kolkata and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

He took 59 wickets in the most decorated Twenty20 franchise-based tournament and also represented teams like Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash while he played for Jamaica Tallawahs, Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.

He also represented different franchises in Pakistan Premier League and England’s T20 Blast.

His best bowling figure in Twenty20 cricket, 6-6, came against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel when he played for Barbados in the 2013 edition of CPL.

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