Shakib Al Hasan has been enjoying a dream-like World Cup in England and Wales as he hit another fifty in the event at Lord’s on Friday against Pakistan.
With this half-century, Shakib equalled the record of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar of hitting seven or more 50-plus scores in a single edition of the World Cup.
It was the 2003 World Cup when Sachin scored 673 runs with one century and six fifties. With the fifty in the last league stage game against Pakistan, Shakib caught up with Sachin with two centuries and five fifties to score 606.
He is the third batsman to achieve the feat.
Shakib is also the only all-rounder to score 600 plus runs and take 11 wickets in a single edition of the World Cup.
With today’s half-century, Shakib has regained the top spot in the list of most runs getter in this World Cup surpassing Rohit Sharma’s 544.
Shakib is now the only Bangladeshi batsman to score more than 600 runs in a single international event.
The southpaw started this World Cup campaign scoring a match-winning 75 against South Africa. He hit another fifty (64) in the next game against New Zealand. He came up with back-to-back centuries in the next two games against England (121) and West Indies (124*).
His only innings under 50 came against Australia when he got dismissed at 41. But the left-hander came back strongly hitting 51, 66 and 64 respectively against Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.