Top 5 Bangladeshi spinners of all time

    Bangladesh managed to make some effective spinners over the years.

    Shakib Al Hasan
    Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

    Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have produced top talents in their history. The team management absolutely ensured to back the players and gave them the much-needed freedom to improve. Moreover, they gave the necessary resources to grow in this competitive era. As a result, there has been a substantial difference in terms of the players’ improvement in international cricket.

    It is nice to see the sport is developing to a great extent in the country and the change is quite evident in terms of the results that they have been producing against top teams. Case in point, Bangladesh has always been a nation that has produced top-quality spinners in its history. The spinners have done incredibly well in sub-continent conditions.

    They have been given a great level of training and the ones who sweat it out at the nets are destined for greatness. Now, in this article, we will take a glimpse at the top five Bangladeshi spinners of all time.

    1. Shakib Al Hasan

    Shakib Al Hasan is widely recognized as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. His ability to score crucial runs and take key wickets for the team made him the backbone of the Bangladesh cricket team.

    Shakib Al Hasan weaved the magic with the ball in the sub-continent and as well as in overseas conditions. This goes to show why he is the most valuable player for the team. He took 233 wickets in 66 Tests including 2 ten-wicket hauls, 10 four-wicket hauls and 19 fifers.

    On the other hand, he took 301 wickets in 232 ODIs including 10 four-wicket hauls and 4 fifers. He took 136 wickets in 115 T20Is including 5 four-wicket hauls and 2 fifers. On the contrary, he scored 4454 runs in Tests, 7132 runs in ODIs and 2345 runs in T20Is.

    2. Taijul Islam

    Taijul Islam is the second-best spinner in the history of the Bangladesh national cricket team. He was one of those left-arm spinners who thrived under pressure by bowling impactful bowling spells for the team when it mattered the most.

    Taijul Islam is also the second leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in Test cricket after Shakib Al Hasan. Notably, he has taken as many as 175 wickets in 41 Tests. The 31-year-old has still got a few more years of grit and determination left in him.

    Overall, he has taken 11 four-wicket hauls, 11 fifers and 2 ten-wicket hauls in Tests. On the other hand, he took 28 wickets in 17 ODIs including one fifer and one four-wicket haul whereas he has taken one wicket in T20Is.

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    3. Mehidy Hasan Miraz

    Mehidy Hasan Miraz is turning out to be one of the productive assets to the Bangladesh cricket team. He is currently the best bowling all-rounder in the Bangladesh cricket team and loves to turn up against the big teams.

    His performances were there for everyone to see in both white and red-ball cricket. Mehidy Hasan Miraz is only 25 years old and will be looking forward to producing the much-needed spark for the team in the games to come.

    Overall, he has taken 148 wickets in 38 Tests including 6 four-wicket hauls and 9 fifers. He took 85 wickets in 74 ODIs including 4 four-wicket hauls and 12 wickets in 23 T20Is including one four-wicket haul.

    4. Mohammad Rafique

    Mohammad Rafique is one of the most accurate, rhythmical slow left-armer Bangladesh have ever produced. He has been associated with the national cricket team for close to 13 years. The majority of his presence came in Tests and ODIs whereas he played just one T20I.

    Overall, he represented the national cricket team in 33 Tests, 125 ODIs and 1 T20I in his cricketing career. Notably, he has taken 100 wickets in the longest format of the game including 3 four-wicket hauls and 7 fifers.

    On the other hand, he has taken a total of 125 wickets in One Day Internationals including 3 four-wicket hauls and one fifer. As far as the T20I format is concerned, he has taken one wicket. Overall, he has had a pretty decent career in international cricket.

    5. Mahmudullah

    Mahmudullah operates as an all-rounder for the Bangladesh cricket team. He bowls off-spin and bats in the middle order and the highlight of his career came when he scored a century knocked England out of the ICC World Cup 2015 tournament.

    He represented the Bangladesh cricket team in 50 Tests, 218 ODIs and 121 T20Is. The all-format player took 43 wickets in Tests, 82 wickets in ODIs and 38 wickets in the shortest format of the game. Notably, he has one fifer in red-ball cricket.

    On the other hand, he scored 2914 runs in Tests including 5 centuries and 16 fifties. He scored 4950 runs in ODIs including 3 centuries and 27 fifties whereas he has mustered 2122 runs in T20Is and has hit six fifties.

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