Even the greatest optimist of tigers fans couldn’t have conjured up a dream of such proportion that was displayed so eloquently at Basin Reserve, Wellington. There were numerous landmarks have been created, both internationally and nationally. Let’s recap a few of them.
Firstly lets talk about the success at Bangladesh top order. This is the first instance where 4 of Bangladesh top order batsmen have scored 50+ runs. Tamim, Mominul, Mushfiq and Shakib all got 50+ score and then some! While Mahmudullah was on the right track but missing out closely.
The 359 runs partnership at 5th wicket between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim is the highest run partnership for Bangladesh ever. This is the second 300+ partnership for Bangladesh in test matches as Shakib and Mushfiq surpassed previous record of Tamim-Kayes of 312 runs. This is also the 4th highest 5th wicket partnership in test history. Shakib and Mushfiq only had legends like Bradman-Burnes, Waugh-Blewett and Laxman-Dravid over them.
|SG Barnes, DG Bradman (AUS)||5||405||4/159||5/564||2||v England||Sydney||13 Dec 1946|
|GS Blewett, SR Waugh (AUS)||5||385||4/174||5/559||2||v South Africa||Johannesburg||28 Feb 1997|
|R Dravid, VVS Laxman (INDIA)||5||376||4/232||5/608||3||v Australia||Kolkata||11 Mar 2001|
|Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan(BDESH)||5||359||4/160||5/519||1||v New Zealand||Wellington||12 Jan 2017|
This is the highest first Innings score for Bangladesh already. Overall it is the fourth highest in one innings. It is also the quickest 300+ runs scored by Bangladesh in one day of a test match.
|Bangladesh||638||196.0||3.25||68||2||draw||v Sri Lanka||Galle||8 Mar 2013|
|Bangladesh||556||148.3||3.74||29||2||lost||v West Indies||Dhaka||13 Nov 2012|
|Bangladesh||555/6||136.0||4.08||259||3||draw||v Pakistan||Khulna||28 Apr 2015|
|Bangladesh||542/7||136.0||3.98||542||1||–||v New Zealand||Wellington||12 Jan 2017|
As for individual accomplishments, Shakib Al Hasan touched the 3000 runs landmark. He is the 3rd Bangladeshi cricketer to reach this milestone with only Tamim and Habibul Bashar ahead of him. With this innings Shakib Al Hasan gets entry to the 14 man elite club who have 300+ runs and 150+ wickets in test cricket. With this achievement, Shakib Al Hasan stands together with legends like Ian Botham, Sir Garfield Sobers, Imran Khan, Richard Hadley, Kapil Dev, Jaques Kallis.