Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh
Age
May 9, 1987 (34 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Bogra
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Bangladesh
Bowling Style
-

Mushfiqur Rahim, a typical wicket-keeper, an unassuming batsman and a gritty leader, has been playing for Bangladesh in all formats of the game for over 15 years. He has also shown his impulsive nature at times but, without a doubt, he is one of the finest batsmen Bangladesh have ever had.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
22
14
67
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Bangladesh, Asia XI, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Invitation XI, Rajshahi Division, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh Under-19, Chattogram Challengers, Duronto Rajshahi, Sylhet Thunder, Nagenahira Nagas, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Bangladesh North Zone, Abahani Limited, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club, Legends of Rupganj, Barisal Bulls, Karachi Kings, Rajshahi Royals, Khulna Tigers, Nangarhar Leopards, Najmul XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
233
218
36
6878
144
37.79
8704
79.02
9
45
538
89
T20I
85
76
13
1264
72*
20.06
1054
119.92
0
5
108
32
Test
74
132
10
4491
219*
36.81
9371
47.92
7
23
547
31
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
233
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
85
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
74
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Mushfiqur is quite vibrant behind the wickets constantly getting into the ears of the opposing batsmen. He started very low in the batting order and slowly transformed himself into a solid bat in the middle order. He is the only batsman to score not one but three double hundreds for Bangladesh in the longest format of the game.

Mushfiqur Rahim is a capable leader who has captained Bangladesh in all formats of the game. This talented batsman, wicket-keeper and leader has had a great career with plenty of impressive performances.

ODI Career

There is no doubt, it is hard to imagine Bangladesh without Mushfiqur Rahim as he has been playing for his country for a very long while. It can be said that both Bangladesh and Mushfiqur Rahim’s rise in international cricket has happened parallelly. The wicket-keeper-batsman has been a pivotal member of the Bangladesh ODI squad for about 15 years now.

Mushfiqur Rahim was just 19 years old when he made the ODI debut away from home at Harare in August 2006 in the 5th ODI of the series. Interestingly, Mushfiqur Rahim shared the debut with another Bangladesh stalwart – Shakib Al Hasan.

Mushfiqur did not get to bat in the first ODIs he played. In his third ODI, held at home against Zimbabwe, in a tricky chase of 194, he came to the crease at 163 for 7 and partnered with captain Habibul Bashar to score those 30 odd runs. Mushfiqur scored 18 not out in that innings. Later in his career, he would score many such but bigger innings to help Bangladesh succeed.

The consistency in performances and proficiency in technique made him an automatic choice for the 2007 ODI World Cup in the West Indies. A defining moment came in the group stage of the World Cup when Bangladesh pulled off an upset against India. Mushfiqur Rahim played 3 hours for 56 runs and remained not out when the winning runs were scored. That win pushed Bangladesh to the Super-8 stage of the tournament.

Mushfiqur Rahim was appointed captain in 2011 replacing Shakib Al Hasan after a disastrous tour of Zimbabwe. In the 2012 Asia Cup, Bangladesh appeared in their maiden Asia Cup finals under Mushfiqur Rahim’s captaincy although they could not clinch the trophy. Mushfiqur passed on the ODI captaincy to Mashrafe Mortaza in 2014 remaining captain in Tests. He was awarded Man of the Series in the home ODI series just after giving up the captaincy.

Mushfiqur had a good run in the 2015 ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand where he scored 298 runs at an average close to 50 which included 3 half-centuries with 89 against England – his highest score of the tournament – that helped Bangladesh reach their first quarter-finals appearance in an ODI World Cup.

Bangladesh had started making a mark against major cricketing nations and was rising in the ICC ODI Rankings for teams. Mushfiqur Rahim was a constant in the team that gained success against India, Pakistan, and South Africa in the ODIs. In the 2017 Champions trophy in England, Bangladesh reached semi-finals with the help of a couple of half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim.

In the 2019 World Cup, Mushfiqur Rahim scored 367 runs at an average of 52 in 8 matches. He also registered his first century in the ODI World Cups – 102 not out in 97 balls against Australia – playing his fourth ODI World Cup. With that, Mushfiqur became just the third Bangladeshi batsman to score a century in a World Cup.

Test Career

Mushfiqur Rahim made his first-class debut in January 2005 playing for Bangladesh Cricket Board XI against Zimbabwe in Chittogram. 5 months later, just after his 18th birthday, he was playing for his country in a Test match against England at Lord’s. Although he was initially picked as a standby for designated wicket-keeper Khaled Masud, he soon became the mainstay of the team.

In the debut Test match against England at Lord’s Mushfiqur Rahim could not score much and Bangladesh lost the Test by an innings. In the first three years of his Test career, Mushfiqur played just 4 Tests. In his third Test against Sri Lanka, he secured his place in the squad with an innings of 80-runs coming in at number 7 in a 191-run partnership with captain Mohammad Ashraful.

Mushfiqur Rahim batted lower down the order at the beginning of his career and continued making decent contributions with the bat. He soon took up the role of a wicket-keeper and did well against the Bangladesh attack that had many spinners. His first Test century came against India in 2007 in the second innings of a Test match at Chittogram. Mushfiqur scored 101 runs off just 114 deliveries coming in at number 7 and made a strong case for moving up in the batting order. It was the quickest Test century ever scored by a Bangladesh batsman.

The year 2013 was a good year for Mushfiqur when he scored 491 runs at an average of close to 55. That year he also registered the first double hundred scored by a Bangladesh batsman in Test Cricket. He scored exactly 200 and bettered Mohammad Ashraful’s 190 in the same innings, as Bangladesh posted a mammoth 638 in the first innings against Sri Lanka at Galle.

Four years later, in 2017, Mushfiqur scored at an average of close to 55. He scored 766 runs that year – highest in his career – and also scored 159 runs in a losing cause against New Zealand at Wellington. The same year, in a one-off Test against India at Hyderabad, he scored 127 in a defeat against the likes of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

In Bangladesh’s 100 Test match, Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladesh wicket-keeper to reach 100 dismissals – he was 41st overall in Tests. In February 2020, with 203 runs against Zimbabwe at home, he became the only Bangladesh batsman to score 3 double centuries in Tests.

T20I Career

Months after making an ODI debut in August 2006, Mushfiqur Rahim made an international T20 debut as a teenager in Zimbabwe in November 2006. He scored just 2 runs in a Bangladesh win. Initially, he was considered too technical to play the shorter format of the game but made his way into the squad.

Mushfiqur Rahim was selected for the inaugural T20 World Cup played in South Africa. He played through the tournament and registered the highest score of 6 not out. He played too low down the order, mostly at number 9, in that World Cup. For the next 4 years, until 2011, Mushfiqur Rahim played just 9 T20 Internationals for Bangladesh.

Through 2012 and 2013, Mushfiqur Rahim made good progress in other formats of the game. Already a captain in ODI and Tests, Mushfiqur was appointed captain for the 2014 T20I World Cup. However, Bangladesh lost all their matches in that World Cup.

In the 2016 T20 World Cup, needing 2 to win from 3 balls against India, Rahim celebrated prematurely with Bangladesh losing the match by just 1 run. It was probably the most embarrassing moment of Mushfiqur’s career. Even worse, they failed to win even a single game in the Super 10 Stage.

Mushfiqur’s highest score in T20Is – 72 not out – has come against 2 countries – India and Sri Lanka. These are also the only 2 countries Mushfiqur has scored more than 200 runs against – 229 runs against India and 239 runs against Sri Lanka. He has 5 half-centuries in T20 Internationals. Mushfiqur Rahim is a much better batsman in T20Is cricket than his tally of 1282 runs and a paltry average of 20 suggests.