Shakib Al Hasan becomes leading wicket-taker in T20Is


Sports desk, Oct 17: Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan became the highest wicket-taker in men’s T20Is when he dismissed Scotland’s Michael Leask in his side’s opening match of the T20 World Cup 2021.

He overtook Lasith Malinga’s tally of 107 wickets when he slowed up the pace a tad and Leask was through his shot early, lofting a drive to long-off.

The left-arm spin-bowling allrounder now has 108 wickets in 89 T20Is. When he claimed his 100th wicket against Australia earlier this year, he became the first cricketer in T20Is to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets.

Shakib also recently reached the No. 1 position in the ICC’s T20I allrounders’ rankings, while also holding the top position in the ICC ODI allrounders’ charts.

In July, Shakib became Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs, going past Mashrafe Mortaza who has 269 wickets for the country (and one for Asia XI). He is already Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in Tests as well. He is also among only four allrounders to score more than 6000 runs and take 250-plus wickets in ODIs.

In T20 cricket, he is currently sixth on the overall wickets charts, with 388 wickets in 346 games. He is one of only four players in T20 cricket – Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell are the others – to have 5000 runs, 300 wickets and 50 catches.