Shakib Al Hasan


After my recent post about the World’s Best All-Rounders a reader asked me why I hadn’t included Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh in my list. The reason was simple: he had not qualified. At the time he lacked 2 wickets for the 50 wicket qualification, and his batting average was 29.79, meaning he just missed out on the batting average qualification too.

Since then he has played 2 more tests against India and is competing in a third against New Zealand. His bowling continues to impress and he has another 10 wickets to his name since I last wrote, meaning he now easily qualifies for his bowling both on aggregate and average. Not bad for a 22-year-old.

His batting, however, wasn’t doing him any favours as an all-rounder with scores of 17, 17, 34 and 7 in the games against India. All this changed yesterday when he enjoyed a whirlwind partnership of 145 with Mahmudullah and was unlucky to be dismissed for 87, bringing his test average up to 30.24. As I write, then, he is one of the World’s Best All-Rounders.

Shakib Al Hasan

He is joined as a debutant in the table by Graeme Swann, who has also qualified since my last post:

Player Matches Runs Bat Av Wkts Bowl Av Ct X-factor
GS Sobers (WI) 93 8032 57.78 235 34.03 109 3370
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 137 10843 54.76 261 31.55 155 3192
AW Greig (Eng) 58 3599 40.43 141 32.20 87 1985
TL Goddard (SA) 41 2516 34.46 123 26.22 48 1550
BM McMillan (SA) 38 1968 39.36 75 33.82 49 1359
KR Miller (Aus) 55 2958 36.97 170 22.97 38 1313
IT Botham (Eng) 102 5200 33.54 383 28.40 120 1193
Mushtaq Mohammad (Pak) 57 3643 39.17 79 29.22 42 1102
Asif Iqbal (Pak) 58 3575 38.85 53 28.33 36 963
SM Pollock (SA) 108 3781 32.31 421 23.11 72 947
ER Dexter (Eng) 62 4502 47.89 66 34.93 29 840
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 110 6973 40.07 98 34.34 78 761
Imran Khan (Pak) 88 3807 37.69 362 22.81 28 633
GE Gomez (WI) 29 1243 30.31 58 27.41 18 490
Graeme Swann (Eng) 16 525 32.81 69 30.69 10 445
JDP Oram (NZ) 33 1780 36.32 60 33.05 15 376
JR Reid (NZ) 58 3428 33.28 85 33.35 43 374
N Kapil Dev (India) 131 5248 31.05 434 29.64 64 313
MH Mankad (India) 44 2109 31.47 162 32.32 33 311
A Flintoff (Eng/ICC) 79 3845 31.77 226 32.78 52 263
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 17 877 30.24 58 29.96 8 248
CL Cairns (NZ) 62 3320 33.53 218 29.40 14 206
IK Pathan (India) 29 1105 31.57 100 32.26 8 119
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 98 3789 30.55 316 33.56 55 112

(I’ve omitted the pre-war players this time)

Dan Vettori has slipped down a place. There are now four current players in the table. I don’t know of anybody else who’s near to qualifying except perhaps Stuart Broad. Any suggestions?

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2 Responses to “Shakib Al Hasan”


  1. 1 Dominic Sayers February 19, 2010 at 13:59

    And a century for Shakib Al Hasan in the second innings means every member of my all-rounders table has a test match hundred to his name.

    Except Graeme Swann.

    To be fair to him Swann has made the table after only 16 tests, which is pretty good. But I wonder if his average is inflated by batting so far down the order? He’s batted only 21 times so far and has 5 not outs.

  2. 2 Dominic Sayers February 17, 2010 at 13:49

    The ICC Test Championship All-Rounder Rankings are here: http://www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com/test/all-rounder/rankings.php

    Of their top ten, only four qualify for my list. Here’s where the others fall short:

    Mitchell Johnson (Aus): batting average is only 26.40
    Dwayne Bravo (WI): bowling average is 38.14
    Stuart Broad (Eng): batting average is 26.34
    Chris Gayle (WI): bowling average is 42.08
    Virender Sehwag (Ind): bowling average is 43.28
    Shane Watson (Aus): only 27 wickets

    Of these, only Shane Watson has been a true all-rounder. None of the others would merit picking for both batting and bowling alone.

    Unfortunately for the injury-prone Watson, his bowling looks like it might not survive long enough for him to make the qualifying 50 wickets.


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