Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh
Age
September 6, 1995 (26 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Satkhira
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
Bangladesh
Bowling Style
Left-arm fast medium

Mustafizur Rahman, or the Fizz as they fondly call him for his variations and accuracy, is a left-arm pacer from Bangladesh who bowls at a bowling speed of around 130 kph. He plays for Bangladesh in all formats of the game and is also a prominent player in the IPL.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

Bangladesh, Asia XI, Bangladesh A, Khulna Division, Mumbai Indians, Bangladesh Under-19, Sussex, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rangpur Rangers, Bangladesh Central Zone, Bangladesh South Zone, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Abahani Limited, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Dhaka Platoon, Lahore Qalandars, Rajshahi Royals, Bangla Tigers, Shinepukur Cricket Club, Tamim XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
74
33
22
79
18*
7.18
142
55.63
0
0
9
0
T20I
50
18
6
47
15
3.92
67
70.15
0
0
3
3
Test
14
19
7
43
10*
3.58
127
33.86
0
0
3
2
IPL
38
7
6
9
8*
9
17
52.94
0
0
0
1

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
74
67
3359
2919
126
6/43
5.21
23.17
26.66
5
5
0
T20I
50
50
1078
1309
74
5/22
7.29
17.69
14.57
2
1
0
Test
14
22
1905
1021
30
4/37
3.22
34.03
63.5
2
0
0
IPL
38
38
858
1121
38
3/16
7.84
29.5
22.58
0
0
0

He started his career at a very young age but injuries, be it ankle, shoulder, back, or toe, have always stopped him from achieving his full potential.

Let’s take a look at the IPL and International career of this talented bowler from Khulna.

IPL Career

Mustafizur Rahman, a cunning left-handed pacer, was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the auctions of the IPL 2016 season for INR 1.4 Crore. It proved to be an excellent deal as Mustafizur took 17 wickets in 16 matches for SRH who went all the way to win the title in 2016.

In the debut IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mustafizur Rahman took 2 for 26 in 4 overs in a high-scoring contest. In that game, RCB piled 227 against SRH and every SRH bowler, except Mustafizur, went for close to 10 or more runs an over. SRH lost the game by 45 runs but Mustafizur announced his arrival in the IPL with a strong performance.

In 2016 IPL, Mustafuzir Rahman received the Emerging Player of the Tournament award and with that, he became the first overseas player to receive it. In 2017, an injury picked in the Sri Lankan tour didn’t allow him to play in the IPL. He played just one game that season.

In 2018 IPL Auctions, Mumbai Indians (MI) bought him for INR 2.2 Crore while Delhi Capitals were also heavily bidding for him. However, in that season he could play only  7 games due to a hairline fracture in the toe. Mustafizur had to miss the 2019 IPL season because the Bangladesh Cricket Board was concerned about his form at the moment so close to the 2019 ODI World Cup and did not give him the No Objection Certificate to play in the IPL.

ODI Career

Mustafizur Rahman caught public attention pretty early in his career when he made a debut against India in 2015 in a home match in Dhaka a couple of months after his T20I debut. He was just 19 years old then. With his accuracy and variations as well as a recently developed off-cutter, Mustafizur bamboozled Indian batsmen to pick up 11 wickets in first 2 ODIs which included consecutive fifers.

Mustafizur became the second international bowler after Zimbabwean Brian Vitori to take two five-wicket hauls in the first two ODI matches. For his variations, cutters and the zip he got off the surface, he was nicknamed the Fizz.

Mustafizur took 26 wickets at an outstanding average of 12.34 in 9 matches in his first year of ODI cricket. Due to constant struggles with injuries and a lack of form, he could play just 2 games in 2016 and had a below-average year in 2017 picking up just 14 wickets in 11 games. In the 2017 Champion’s trophy in England, Mustafizur could take only 1 wicket in 4 games.

As a result of good and consistent performances in 2018, he was picked up in the Bangladesh Squad for the 2019 World Cup. He finished the tournament with 20 wickets in 8 matches and thus ended up as the top wicket-taker for Bangladesh in that World Cup. The ICC named him a rising star of the squad after the World Cup.

Overall, Mustafizur has taken 109 wickets in the 58 ODIs played so far at an average of 23.4 and an excellent economy rate of 5.22.

Test Career

Mustafizur Rahman has been around the cricketing circles from a very young age. He has played in under-17 teams in domestic cricket as well as in the Under-19 World Cup. His first-class debut came in 2013 playing for Khulna and he immediately started impressing the audience. 26 wickets taken in the 2014 – 2015 season at 19.08 paved the way for his national call-up.

In July 2015, within months of his T20I and ODI debuts, Mustafizur Rahman made the Test debut against South Africa in a home game at Chittogram. He picked up 4 wickets for 37 runs in a drawn game. These figures in the debut Test match are still his best figures in the longest format of the game. Mustafizur received the Man of the Match award in the debut Test becoming the first player to get the award on both ODI and Test debuts.

Injuries started affecting his performance immediately as he was dropped from the squad for a one-off Test against India and seemed off-colour in a home 2-match Test series against Australia. The longer format has always seemed to demand too much from his fragile body and despite him being the prime bowler for Bangladesh, injuries have constantly happened at the wrong time to deter him from being included in the squad. Thus, during 4 years of Test Cricket, Mustafizur has played just 13 Tests and taken 28 wickets at an average of about 35.

T20I Career

The variations, cunningness, and accuracy in bowling made Mustafizur a prime shorter format player. An injury-prone physique meant that lesser the load the better. After a successful domestic first-class season in 2014 – 2015, Mustafizur was included in the Bangladesh T20 team in a match against Pakistan held in April 2015 at Dhaka. He immediately made a mark picking up 2 for 20 in the 4-overs spell.

Mustafizur was picked in the squad for the 2016 T20I World Cup held in India. However, a side strain injury made him miss some of the matches at the beginning of the tournament. Once he joined in as a fit player, he ended the tournament as the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh with 9 wickets in just 3 games including a fifer – 5 wickets for 22 runs – against New Zealand. The fifer against New Zealand has also been his best bowling performance in the T20I format.

In 2018, he played the maximum number of T20I matches – 13 matches – and picked up 21 wickets at an average of about 21. Overall, Mustafizur Rahman has played 41 matches for 58 wickets in the T20 internationals.

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