The Telegraph— a British daily newspaper founded in 1855—has analyzed the performances of 150 ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 players.
The Telegraph declared, "only one could mount a plausible claim to being both his country’s best batsman and best bowler. His name is Shakib Al-Hasan, the undisputed Most Valuable Player of the 2019 World Cup to date."
The Telegraph said, "There is a tendency to call Shakib underrated. This is curious, for Shakib is not underrated by players he’s played with or against, fans who have enjoyed his stellar international career and fine returns in the Indian Premier League, or the official ICC player rankings; in 2015, he became the only cricketer ever to top the allrounder ratings in all three formats at the same time. But the notion of Shakib as underrated speaks to a truth: because he is not from one of the sport’s traditional titans, so some have found it easy to overlook his multifarious talents; pointing to the example that Australia has only played Bangladesh in one ODI since 2011.
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In 2000, two seminal events helped to transform Bangladesh’s cricket team: Bangladesh was awarded Test status and Shakib, age 13, was selected for the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan – the national sports institute.
He made his international debut six years later, and instantly became an indispensable player through his instinctive batting and shrewd left-arm spin.
The Telegraph adds that for all that his self-belief, Shakib’s fire has not always been channelled constructively and, in 2014, he was suspended by the board for six months after disagreements with the coach. However, he has mellowed, and is now back as Test and T20 captain.
The Telegraph observes that Shakib: takes on the hardest role on his team, routinely bowls during the Powerplay and towards the end, started batting at three in ODIs, and, in 19 games there, averages 59.68 – including consecutive centuries against England and the West Indies.
The paper concludes that Shakib’s celebrations, shaking his partner’s hands after seeing Bangladesh to their impudent chase of 322 against the West Indies, represent his contribution to Bangladeshi cricket.