Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photograph by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

Mushfiqur Rahim overtook fellow teammate Tamim Iqbal within the race to change into Bangladesh’s main run-scorer in Check cricket. He grew to become the primary batter in Bangladesh’s historical past to have scored 5000 runs in Checks. Tamim, who was simply 19 in need of the milestone himself, retired out on 133 in opposition to Sri Lanka within the first Check. He did get one other likelihood when he got here out to bat within the second innings however was clear bowled by Kasun Rajitha with out including to his tally of 133 within the sport.

Mushfiqur took 149 innings to succeed in the landmark. The wicketkeeper-batter made his Check debut in opposition to England at Lord’s in 2005. The appropriate-hander is arguably essentially the most celebrated Bangladeshi participant after Shakib Al Hasan. He was included within the ICC Males’s ODI Workforce of the Yr for 2021. Mushfiqur has had a glittering profession and is the one Bangladeshi participant to win 150 worldwide matches. His 219* in opposition to Zimbabwe in 2018 is the best particular person rating by a Bangladeshi batter in Check cricket.

In February 2020, throughout one-off the Check in opposition to Zimbabwe, Mushfiqur scored an unbeaten 203 runs, changing into the primary and solely Bangladeshi batsman to attain three double-hundreds in Check cricket. Though he has handed on the wicketkeeping position to his teammate Litton Das, Mushfiqur was fairly spectacular behind the stumps, fast with the gloves and even faster together with his phrases as he was continuously within the batter’s ears.

In March 2017, throughout the second Check in opposition to Sri Lanka, he registered his one centesimal dismissal as a wicketkeeper. He grew to become the primary wicketkeeper for Bangladesh to succeed in this milestone. Mushfiqur captained the nationwide aspect from 2011 to 2017 and through that point Bangladesh made vital progress within the ODI format as he led them to the Quaterfinals within the 2015 World Cup. Rahim got here beneath criticism from all corners after a whitewash on the South Africa tour and was subsequently eliminated as captain.

In the meantime, the elegant right-hander is without doubt one of the mainstays of the center order and is taking a look at his greatest after a poor run of type in the previous few months.