Alok Kapali is an all-rounder from Bangladesh who bowls leg-spin with a walk-up similar to Shane Warne and bats in the middle to lower order wherever required according to the situation of the game. He is renowned as the singular cricketer from Bangladesh to take a hat-trick in Test cricket.
Kapali’s Test debut took place in 2002 at Colombo against Sri Lanka. In this match he took 2 wickets and scored 39 and 23 while batting. However further he could take only 4 more wickets in the next 16 Tests. When he took the hat-trick his statistics were 3 for 3 and in the process enabled Bangladesh to take their first lead in the first innings in Test cricket. Kapali has not done anything significant with the bat and his highest score is 85 which was scored against the West Indies in Chittagong.
In One Day International cricket sometimes he is in the side and sometimes out but his batting has been more impressive than his bowling. During the 2008 Asia Cup in a match against India he scored a century in 86 deliveries which is the fastest by any Bangladesh batsman. In 2006 his partnership of 89 runs with Khaled Mashud for the 7th wicket is also a Bangladesh record. Alok Kapali is one of the cricketers from Bangladesh who have the capability and talent to become a wonderful All-Rounder. He has enough technique in batting to play out crucial and match winning innings and also bowl out good spells for his side.
Kapali took a hat-trick when he was 19 years and 240 days and thus became the youngest bowler of all time to attain such a feat.
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