Mohammad Kaif praises Shakib
Dhaka: Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Friday hailed no one ODI allrounder of the world Shakib Al Hasan as one of the most useful players in modern times after he scored a double hundred during second day's play of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
Soon after Shakib reached his double hundred, Kaif took to Twitter to congratulate the all-rounder. “Wow ,what an innings from @Sah75official. Probably,one of the most useful cricketers in the modern game,” he wrote.
Shakib, 29, and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim stitched a 359-run stand for the fifth wicket as the visitors reached 542/7 at the end of day 2.
In the process, Shakib (217) became the highest individual scorer for Bangladesh. He is also the third Bangladeshi player to score a double hundred in Test, after Rahim (200) against Sri Lanka in March 2013 and Tamim Iqbal (206) against Pakistan in April 2015.
Shakib is currently ranked second in the ICC Test and T20I allrounders list, behind India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Australia's Glenn Maxwell respectively. But he is ranked first in the ODI rankings.
In 45 Test, including the ongoing match, Shakib has scored 3146 runs with four hundreds at an average of just under 42. He has also taken 159 wickets, with best figures of seven for 36.
In ODIs, he has scored 4650 runs with six hundreds, and taken 220 wickets with one five-wicket haul. And in T20Is, he has 1159 runs and 67 wickets in 57 matches.