Crafty with a ball and aggressive while wielding a willow, Shakib al Hasan is easily the best cricketer Bangladesh has produced. Shakib made his international debut in August 2006 and his first big match was against India in the 2007 ODI World Cup, where he contributed to a famous win with a fine half-century. Although Bangladesh didn’t have any comparable wins for a while after that, Shakib’s performances were not unrewarded. In January 2009 he ascended to the top of the ICC player rankings for ODI all-rounders – a position he held uninterrupted till the end of the 2011 World Cup in April. Along the way he had scored his first international ton against a major opposition in a losing effort against Pakistan and turned in a magnificent all-round performance in a narrow Test defeat to New Zealand that saw him hit 71 and grab 7 for37. Shakib’s finest moment came when he led Bangladesh to their first overseas Test win against West Indies in 2009. The West Indies had fielded a second-string side but that didn’t detract from his Man of the Series performance. He lost his captaincy after Bangladesh failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup and lost both Test and ODI series on a tour of Zimbabwe but that didn’t affect his personal form. In December 2011, he ascended to the top spot in the ICC rankings for Test all-rounders. Shakib’s finest ODI moment came when his Man of the Series turn in the 2012 Asia Cup took Bangladesh to within two runs of the title and also helped upset India and Sri Lanka in the league stages. He was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for $US425,000 in the 2011 auctions.