Shakib AL Hasan is The Best Against Australia

Shakib Al is the best performer in Bangladesh in all formats. Shakib Al Hasan is the number one cricketer in Bangladesh in all-around performance. Shakib in normal form means the best performer of the team with bat and ball. But after the ban, Shakib is not seen. Like bowling, that fluent style of batting seems to be lost somewhere. Shakib, who ruled the bowlers of all the teams with the bat in the 2019 World Cup, seems to have lost the sharp look of the champion all-rounder.

Even then, the main driving force of Team Bangladesh is still Shakib. No matter who you play with, Shakib's name comes up whenever there is talk of possibility in Bangladesh. This is the five-match T20 series against Australia starting from Tuesday, but Shakib is still there. According to history and statistics, Shakib is the best performer of Bangladesh in the T20 format against Australia with bat and ball.

Needless to say, Bangladesh has yet to win in the T20 format with the Aussies. After playing four times, they have lost every time. Shakib is the best performer of Bangladesh in these 4 matches. 143 runs in 4 innings at an average of 35.75 with the bat and 5 wickets in 4 games with the ball.

Shakib's best bowling figure in this format against Australia is 3/27. That is also the best match figure of any of the Tiger bowlers in the T20 format against the Aussies. Shakib's run-rate against Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell is also quite controlled; 7.84. Shakib is the only Bangladeshi batsman to score a half-century in the T20 format with Australia batting so far. The more hopeful news is that this is the only half-century of T20 format against Aussies in Sher-e-Bangla.

The day was April 1, 2014. Though Australia won the T20 World Cup match at home by 8 wickets, Shakib played a great inning of 5 runs off 52 balls with 5 boundaries and 3 sixes. Besides, Mushfiqur Rahim also played an innings of 47 off 36 balls as Bangladesh scored 153 runs for 5 wickets. But that did not save the end. Aaron Finch (71 off 45 balls) and David Warner (48 off 35 balls) played two effective innings to take Australia to the win with six wickets in hand.

This is not Shakib's last good performance against Aussies. Then on March 2, 2016, in the T20 World Cup in Bangalore, Shakib's great all-around performance in the almost equal rhythm with Australia, the Tigers lost by 3 wickets.

Shakib was equally brilliant with bat and ball in that match. At first, he played 25 balls in an innings of 33 runs with the bat. Then he took 3 wickets with 27 runs in 4 overs with the ball in hand. Mahmudullah scored 49 off 29 balls for Riyadh and Shakib scored 33 for Bangladesh to score 156 against Australia. But that did not save the end.

Now let's see, what does Shakib do in the five-match T20 series this time in Sher-e-Bangla stadium? See if you can find yourself again with this series?

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