Birthday special: Shakib Al Hasan – Top records held in international cricket

Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh shocked the cricketing world as they beat England 3-0 in their most recent T20I series at home. The star all-rounder was on top of his game with three wickets from three games and remained unbeaten in two. He smashed 109 runs and took six wickets in the recent ODIs against England to continue to showcase his all-round skills.

Bangladesh T20I skipper ranks first in the ICC’s current all-round chart in ODIs and T20Is, and third in Tests. With over 13000 runs in international cricket, Shakib leads the scoring chart for Bangladesh in T20Is and is second in ODIs and Tests. In bowling, he leads the chart in all three formats with 663 international wickets so far.

Arguably Bangladesh’s best cricketer of all time, Shakib celebrates his 36th birthday on March 24, 2023. So, let’s take a look at his top records in international cricket so far.

Most international wickets on a single ground

Shakib holds the record for the most international wickets in a single ground. He has taken 245 wickets from 141 matches at Mirpur’s Shere Bangla National Stadium with 11 five-wicket hauls. He comfortably leads this chart ahead of former Sri Lankan great Muthiah Muralitharan, who took 188 wickets from just 46 matches at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

Most international runs on a single ground

Notably, Shakib also holds the record for the most international runs on a single ground. He has scored 4677 international runs from 141 matches at Shere Bangla National Stadium, just 15 runs more than Mushifiqur Rahman and 244 runs more than Tamim Iqbal at the same venue.

Most balls bowled in T20I history

Shakib, with 131 wickets from 112 T20I matches, is only two wickets behind New Zealand pacer Tim Southee. Both cricketers are also competing for the record of most balls bowled in T20Is, with the Bangladeshi all-rounder having delivered 2451 balls from 112 T20Is, 116 more than the Kiwi veteran. 

Longest T20I career

Both Shakib and Mushifiqur Rahman were part of Bangladesh’s first-ever T20I against Zimbabwe in November 2006. However, the wicketkeeper batter last played T20I in September 2022 while Shakib remains a crucial part of Bangladesh’s most recent series. He holds the record for the longest T20I career by 16 years and 106 days, 59 days more than Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams who last played T20I in January 2023.

Most wickets in T20 World Cup tournaments

Shakib has taken record 47 wickets from just 35 T20Is in ICC T20 World Cup tournament, his biggest record in international cricket. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi took 39 and the Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga had taken 38 wickets in T20 World Cup games. Among the active cricketers, Shakib now comfortably leads this chart with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin being 15 wickets behind.