British daily ‘The Guardian’ releases the best Test XI of the year 2017
“The best all-rounder in the world isn’t Ben Stokes, or either of India’s two talented spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, but Shakib Al Hasan." - The Guardian mentioned.
Updated - Dec 28, 2017 10:49 am
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan have been stalwarts in the Bangladesh lineup. They have played several majestic knocks and dragged their team out of precarious positions on several occasions. 2017 has been an auspicious year for the experienced campaigners as they have racked up runs for Bangladesh at a consistent rate. After a year of persistence and hard work, both have recently been rewarded with a place in The Guardian’s best Test XI of the year.
Talking about Shakib, the British daily justified the Bangladesh all-rounder’s inclusion in the list. “The best all-rounder in the world isn’t Ben Stokes, or either of India’s two talented spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, but Shakib Al Hasan. He began the year by breaking Bangladesh’s national record for the highest score in Test cricket, with 217 against Trent Boult and Tim Southee in Wellington.” The Guardian mentioned.
The newspaper also talked about the contribution of Mushfiqur Rahim to Bangladesh cricket and his vigil throughout the year. “He scored 159 during a record-breaking stand with Shakib against New Zealand in January, and followed up, a month later, with 127 in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test in India. After that, he made a string of gritty rearguard fifties against Sri Lanka and Australia. Along the way, he was hospitalized, twice, after being hit on the head by Duanne Olivier and Tim Southee,” the British daily mentioned.
Bangladesh’s surge in 2017
The team has played exceptionally throughout the year. They rolled over New Zealand and progressed to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Both Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-Al-Hasan scored heavily for the team as the team garnered praises from the cricketing fraternity. Later during the year, the Asian team also rolled over the mighty Aussies in the first Test of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh at Chittagong in August.
The best Test XI of 2017, according to ‘The Guardian’
David Warner, Dean Elgar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, James Anderson, Kagiso Rabada