Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh Vs India, Mirpur)
In an excellent year for Bangladesh cricket, the Tigers have found many heroes throughout their ‘purple patch’ of 2015. Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar are a few who came to the party when the team needed it the most. Beating India in a bilateral was one of the Asian nation’s historic achievements of the year, and while the limelight shone rightfully on the young Mustafizur Rahman, it was the an old fox who did the trick in the all the important 2nd ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Chasing 200 from 47 overs, Bangladesh were having hiccups as their middle order was left with a job in hand at 98/3, when the experienced duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-al-Hasan came together. The pair put on a calm 54 run stand to steady the ship but it was Shakib who captained the ship all along and never allowed India back in the game. With a sensible innings of 51 of 62 deliveries, the old war-horse took the Tigers home and help them create their moment of history.