In an Interesting session host by Espncricinfo, the Bangladeshi All rounder batsman Shakib Al Hasan picked his one favorite batsman for each shot to build the perfect 360 batter. The Lefthander himself is quite excelled at the square cut.
Three current English batsmen, Two Indian Players in Tendulkar, Kohli made it to the batter squad while One each from Australia, West Indies and Pakistan also found a place in Shakib’s 360 batter.
The 34-year old picked the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar as his preeminent pick for the Straight Drive shot. The Highest run-getters forte was certainly Square cut and the iconic straight drive which stood as an exemplary in slamming drives.
Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.
The Current Indian Skipper is probably the finest batter in the limited-overs and has an iconic cover drive that is as good as it gets. Shakib picked Kohli’s cover drive over anyone for the matter.
In April 2021, against Rajasthan Royals, Kohli became the first-ever player in the IPL to score 6000 IPL runs. The 32-year old has already amassed 22,818 runs in his International career so far.
Shakib mentioned Pakistani’s most decorated openers as his favorite for the typical cut shot. Anwar has made 8824 runs at an average of 39.21 in the 247 One Day Internationals (ODIs) he has played. The Pakistani legend has registered 12876 runs in his career before retiring in 2003.
The World Cup-winning Eoin Morgan is expert at playing reverse sweep, slog sweep and expectedly Shakib Al Hasan picked him for the unorthodox shot. Morgan is current limited-overs skipper and has scored 10,631 runs in International.
The First Shot that is reminiscent when you hear the word is Tillakaratne Dilshan’s standing scoop which is termed as ‘Dil Scoop’. The shot is still peerless to this day as no one has constantly pulled it off over again and again.
Jos Buttler is among the finest today who scoops it when he moves circular around the stumps. Jos Buttler’s scoop is a sight to behold and he certainly made it to the All rounder’s list. Th Explosive batsman has 8,823 runs for England.
Shakib picked Joe Root, who is probably the most flexible at playing classic sweep against spin mostly. The 30-year was named in the country’s greatest Test XI by the England and Wales Cricket Board on the occasion of England’s 1,000th Test in 2018. The Right hander has amassed 15,472 in his career thus far.
One name that pops up to the mind when you hear Pull is none other than the former and the most decorated Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting who is regarded as one of the Greatest Cricketers of all time.
The Former one-down batsman’s Pull Shot was a sight to behold when he use to sprung back before timing it to the Deep Mid Wicket. Shakib picked the all-time great in his team. The 46-year old has 27,483 runs to his name in his International career.
Six Down the Ground
Chris Gayle is one of the impactful cricketers in the shortest format. Pulling off effortless sixes down the ground is Gayle’s forte and there are probably not many who could match his prowess at doing so.
Universe Boss certainly made it to Shakib’s list. Though Gayle has over 10k runs in t20 career, he has managed to amass 1,656 runs for West Indies. The Jamaican, however, has amassed 19,350 runs in his ICC carreer.