:: Peoples Time Online ::
Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladesh bowler to take 200 Test wickets. He is also the fastest to complete the double of 3000 runs and 200 wickets, having completed the feat in his 54th Test, one fewer than Ian Botham, the previous quickest to the landmark, had taken.
Shakib, who had come into this match 196 scalps, removed Kieran Powell in the second innings for his 200th wicket. He had taken three wickets in the first innings.
Shakib had reached 100 Test wickets in the second Test against West Indies in 2012, and was the second after Mohammad Rafique to reach the milestone for Bangladesh. Rafique had done it in March 2008, in his last Test.
Shakib has 18 five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls in his career so far, with his best match figures coming against Zimbabwe in Khulna in 2014, when he had match figures of 10 for 124. He had also made a first-innings 137 in that game. His second 10-for, against Australia last year, came in a game in which he had made a gutsy 84 in the first innings.
His best bowling figures in an innings was the 7 for 36 he had taken against New Zealand in Chittagong in 2008, the day after then coach Jamie Siddons had said Shakib was the bowling leader after Rafique’s retirement.
While Shakib has had some help on the batting front with Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim making big scores regularly in the last four years, the same isn’t true for the Bangladesh bowling line-up.