Full name SK Robiul Islam
Born October 20, 1986, Satkhira
Current age 34 years 4 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Australian Institute of Sports, Bangladesh A, Khulna Division, South Zone (Bangladesh)
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||England v Bangladesh at Lord's, May 27-31, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v Bangladesh at Gros Islet, Sep 13-16, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 12, 2013 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Rajshahi Division v Khulna Division at Rajshahi, Nov 27-29, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Khulna Division v Rajshahi Division at Khulna, Oct 22-25, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Dhaka Division v Khulna Division at Dhaka, Apr 2, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Mohammedan Sporting Club v Shinepukur Cricket Club at Fatullah, Mar 16, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Dhaka Division v Barisal Division at Dhaka, Apr 12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sagicor High Performance Centre v Bangladesh A at Cave Hill, Jun 15, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/24, 54||Shinepukur||v Mohammedan||Fatullah||16 Mar 2020||LA|
|2*, 0/56, 0||Khulna Div||v Rajshahi Div||Khulna||22 Oct 2018||FC|
|0*, 2/43, 0/14||Khulna Div||v Barisal Div||Rajshahi||13 Oct 2017||FC|
|1*, 0/30||Kalabagan KC||v Gazi Group||Dhaka||10 May 2016||LA|
|6*, 1/62, 6, 0/12||South Z (BD)||v East Z (BD)||Cox's Bazar||24 Feb 2016||FC|
|2/72, 2*||South Z (BD)||v Cent Z (BD)||Rajshahi||19 Jan 2016||FC|
|1/64||Khulna Div||v Rangpur Div||Chattogram||31 Oct 2015||FC|
|2/71, 0, 0/6||Khulna Div||v Dhaka Metro||Fatullah||24 Oct 2015||FC|
|0, 0/26, 21, 0/1||Khulna Div||v Rangpur Div||Khulna||10 Oct 2015||FC|
|1/21, 24||Khulna Div||v Dhaka Div||Khulna||18 Sep 2015||FC|
Among Bangladesh's pace bowlers in the post-2000 era, Robiul Islam has been one of the few whose steady upswing went mostly unnoticed. It wasn't just that the media or the cricket fans remained oblivious of his performances, but many people close to the cricketing fraternity in Bangladesh only started to know him after he made his Test debut at Lord's.
Born in Satkhira, a small coastal town in the southwest of Bangladesh, Robiul worked through the league system in the region after picking up the game at an early age. Once he had made it to the Dhaka leagues, he was quickly picked up by the Khulna divisional side in the National Cricket League, the first-class competition. He began well, taking a five-wicket haul in only his second game and finishing the 2005-06 season with 13 wickets. The next two seasons weren't great but in the following two seasons, Robiul took 71 wickets and was promptly picked in the senior side.
His debut Test in 2010 didn't go to plan as he went wicketless and a chink in the run-up was evident. He worked hard on both, returning to the Test side a year later in Harare where he bowled a long spell on the second day to bring Bangladesh back into the game. But he remained a Test specialist, and his best performance coming in the first Test in Harare in 2013 when he took nine wickets in the game, taking the first six Zimbabwe wickets in the second innings.
An affable character, Robiul is known around his teammates as a guy with genuine warmth and a sense of humour. His love for the sea was evident during the team's stay in one of the Sri Lankan resorts, when he went quite far into the Indian Ocean with two other team-mates, much to the concern of the team management.