Shakib Al Hasan’s Explosive Performance: The Epic Match That Put Him Ahead of Rohit and Kohli
Introduction The World Cup 2023 witnessed an intense clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. This game, the 38th match of the tournament, ended in controversy, leading to Sri Lanka’s elimination from the competition. Bangladesh had already been eliminated from the World Cup, and this match ... Read more
The World Cup 2023 witnessed an intense clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. This game, the 38th match of the tournament, ended in controversy, leading to Sri Lanka’s elimination from the competition. Bangladesh had already been eliminated from the World Cup, and this match became the center of attention due to a heated dispute involving Angelo Mathews’ time out. Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, played a pivotal role in this controversy, setting a remarkable record in the process.
The Controversy Unfolds
During Sri Lanka’s batting innings, Sadeera Samarawickrama got out, prompting Angelo Mathews to come to the crease. However, when Mathews attempted to put on his helmet, the strap broke. He signaled for a new helmet, but this delay led to a dispute. In the midst of this, Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, appealed for a time out, alleging that Mathews was taking too long to prepare for his batting. Umpire Marais Erasmus, after consulting, decided that Mathews was indeed not ready in due time and declared him out. Despite Mathews’ attempts to reason with both the umpire and Shakib, the decision remained unchanged. As a result, Mathews became the first batsman to be dismissed in such a manner.
Shakib Al Hasan’s Record
Amidst this controversy, Shakib Al Hasan achieved a significant record. In the match against Sri Lanka, he scored the highest number of runs for his team, making 90 runs. His innings included 12 boundaries, and when he completed his half-century, he surpassed Virat Kohli (10) for hitting the most half-centuries in One Day International (ODI) World Cups. This achievement elevated Shakib’s tally to 11 half-centuries in World Cup matches, placing him second only to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (15) in this category.
Surpassing Rohit Sharma
Shakib Al Hasan didn’t stop at surpassing Virat Kohli; he also outperformed India’s captain and explosive batsman, Rohit Sharma, in terms of scoring 50+ runs in ODI World Cup matches. With 12 such scores to his name, Shakib left Rohit Sharma behind. In addition, he also overtook Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (12) in this regard. Shakib has now recorded 13 instances of scoring 50 or more runs in World Cup matches, solidifying his position as one of the tournament’s most consistent performers.
The 38th match of the World Cup 2023 will be remembered for the dramatic controversy surrounding Angelo Mathews’ dismissal and Shakib Al Hasan’s record-breaking performance. The tournament continues to provide thrilling moments and exceptional achievements, keeping cricket fans on the edge of their seats.