Saswat Singhdeo

With his all-round performance, the 32-year-old Bangladeshi player, Shakib al Hasan, has been playing an instrumental role in his team's victory for quite some time. And it won't be wrong to say that Shakib is the reason why Bangladesh are currently on the fifth spot in the World Cup points table.

This may not be a good sign for the Indian team which is scheduled to play Bangladesh on July 2. The Bangladeshi team famously beat India in the 2007 World Cup and Shakib is confident his team can trouble team blue once again.

In an interview to The Times of India, the all rounder said, "They(India) got world-class players who can take the matters on their own hand. As I said, we have to be at our best, and I believe that we are a capable enough team."

In the latest match against Afghanistan on Monday, the all-rounder made a bunch of records and impressed his fans and members of cricket fraternity. Shakib al Hasan, who is currently the number one ODI all-rounder, achieved a rare feat yesterday by becoming the only second player to score a 50 and take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match.

On Monday, Shakib continued with his golden run in the ongoing tournament as he first scored 51 off 69 balls — which included four boundaries — to help Bangladesh post a competitive total of 262/7 against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton.

He then went on take five wickets for 29 in his 10 overs to help his team register a 62-run win and bolster their chances of making it to the semi-finals.

During Monday’s match, the left-hander also became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score 1,000 runs in World Cups. Shakib, who already has two hundreds to his name in the competition, also became the 19th player overall to achieve the feat.

So far, the 32-year-old has amassed 476 runs in six matches of the ongoing showpiece event and also has 10 wickets to his name. No other player has scored over 400 runs and taken 10 or more wickets in a World Cup.

Shakib is the only batsman after Yuvraj Singh to take 5 wickets and score 50 plus runs in World Cup match till date.

(With Agency inputs)