ICC rankings December 22, 2011

Shakib becomes No. 1 Test allrounder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan, the former Bangladesh captain, has become the No. 1 Test allrounder in the latest ICC rankings following his outstanding performance against Pakistan in Mirpur. Shakib's rise ended Jacques Kallis' lengthy hold on the position.

"Without any doubt it's great news for me and for the country's cricket, and I'm really happy. I have had the self-belief that it will come my way sooner or later because for a long time I was in the top five, so it was a matter of time," Shakib told the Daily Star. "It's fantastic that the performance in the last Test of the year helped me achieve this feat, but it would be much better if we could manage a good result from the last Test match."

Shakib became the first Bangladesh player to score a hundred and take five wickets in an innings during a Test, and his 144 and 6 for 82 won him the Man-of-the-Match award. The century was Shakib's second in Tests and it lifted his average to 34.68. He averages 31.36 with the ball and has 96 Test wickets. Pakistan, however, won the Mirpur Test to take the series 2-0.

Kallis, who made 31 and went wicketless in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Centurion, was the No. 1 allrounder for 3696 days and will have the chance to reclaim the top position during the final two matches of that series in Durban and Cape Town.

Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson and Stuart Broad complete the top allrounders list in Test cricket.

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  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    It is really true that Bangladesh have lots of players but maximum players have no such common sense about how to play cricket ..... I really like Shakib Al Hasan as a Bangladeshi fan.........He a really good performer and alone fighter..... I feel happy for him and also feel sorry that He doesn't get any support from other players.....I wish one day Bangladesh will play good.........thats all..........All the best to BD and speciall to Shakib Al Hasan :) :)

  • Bang on December 25, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    @SamRoy, I am genuinely amused that you blamed Dalmia as more a money maker than thinking about cricket (proof: Bangladesh got early test status. Wondering how much Bangladesh paid or ICC got benefited?) where whole world is now after ICC aka BCCI for ONLY focusing on money instead of cricket. During Dalmia's time, ICC had a policy to spread cricket globally which resulted in countries like Argentina, Singapore etc. started playing cricket. After Dalmia, ICC aka BCCI tried to beat Modi and wanted to show the world that they (ICC) could also make money. Cricket was long forgotten, money came in. I know why you are criticizing Dalmia and alleging that Bangladesh were given test status before time. Its only because without proper leadership, Bangladesh have produced players who are placed in a high that no Indian could ever reach and no one would do so soon.

  • sri on December 25, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    A lone fighter in poor side. Reminds me of sachin of 90's. Congrats!!

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    just like sachin of India shakib is carrying the flag of BD....very nice to see him in the top!!

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    why there is lot of argument for Kallis Vs Sakib!! we should remember that both of them are great players.Kallis is a experence campaigner and Sakib is still young but ready to be a great cricketer.Kallis get support from others team member from SA but Sakib Doesn't and probably that makes him more unique... best wishes for both of them.

  • Paul on December 24, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    @ Ssanam and others - judging by your comments - you guys are completely delusional. To think Shakib will overtake Jacques Kallis's records is the craziest notion in cricket - ever !

    And to also set some other comments straight - Jacques is not in bad form - what makes you think that? The guy is in sublime form. Just because he doesn't hit a 100 at will does find him in bad form, he just does not have bad form, period.

    He is in great shape and probably will play another 4 years. He has not hinted on retirement and there is no way he'll be pushed towards it. Much like Sachin, his team, the board and the entire Country of South Africa would have him play till 50 if we could. Long Live KING Kallis.

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Shakib...Worcestershire needs you back mate! The couple of seasons you spent with us seems to have done you no harm :)

  • Paul on December 24, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Just to clear this up for a few silly people. Shakib is NOT the first person to be ranked No.1 in both tests and ODI - Jacques Kallis has been in that position a few times, in both all rounder AND batting rankings in both, something Shakib will never achieve. Don't take anything away from Kallis - he is king of cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    'Shakib Al Hasan' is currently worlds number-one ranked 'allrounder' in both Tests and ODIs. What an AWESOME feat to achieve for a cricketer from a country like Bangladesh that does not have as much cricketing history/infrastructure as most other cricketing heavyweights. It is so surprising to note that NONE of the Indian cricketers have achieved this dual-feat (since inception of ICC Rankings) and sooo very heartening to see my fav - Shakib, on top!!! ...Shakib - you ROCK!

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Great Sakib, Good job Keep it up ..

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