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Mustafizur Rahman
মুস্তাফিজুর রহমান
Mustafizur Rahman on practice field in Dhaka on 2018 (1) (cropped).jpg
Rahman in 2018 on practice field in Dhaka
Personal information
Full name Mustafizur Rahman
Born (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 22)
Satkhira, Khulna, Bangladesh
Nickname Fizz[1], Cutter master[2]
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (182 cm)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Left-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut 21 July 2015 v South Africa
Last Test 31 January 2018 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 118) 18 June 2015 v India
Last ODI 28 July 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 90
T20I debut (cap 44) 24 April 2015 v Pakistan
Last T20I 5 August 2018 v West Indies
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2014–Present Khulna Division
2016–Present Mohammedan Sporting Club
2015–2016 Dhaka Dynamites
2016–present Lahore Qalandars
2016–2017 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2016 Sussex
2017–present Rajshahi Kings
2018–present Mumbai Indians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 4 27 19 19
Runs scored 7 35 11 38
Batting average 1.75 5.33 2.00 3.80
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 4 18* 6 14
Balls bowled 604 893 420 2718
Wickets 12 51 32 56
Bowling average 23.16 16.00 14.92 20.19
5 wickets in innings 0 3 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 - - 0
Best bowling 4/37 6/43 5/22 5/28
Catches/stumpings -/- 3/– 3/– 4/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 August 2018

Mustafizur Rahman (born 6 September 1995) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is specialized as a left-arm fast bowler. He has taken the most wickets (13) in a debut One Day International series. He is the first player to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award on both Test as well as ODI debuts.

Rahman made his international cricket debut against Pakistan in the Twenty20 format in April 2015. Later that year, he played his first One Day International and Test matches against India and South Africa, respectively.

Before his international career, Rahman played in the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He also represented Dhaka Dynamites in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 Indian Premier League.

Early and personal life[edit]

Mustafizur Rahman grew up in the small town of Shatkhira in Khulna Division, Bangladesh.[3] He is the youngest of Abul Qasem Gazi and Mahmuda Khatun's six children.[4] His father is an enthusiastic fan of cricket.[5] Rahman's interest in cricket rose when he started practicing the game 40 kilometers away from home every morning, with his brother Mokhlesur Rahman. This affected his education as he occasionally skipped study to play cricket.[4]

Prior to discovering his bowling talents, Rahman played as a batsman with a tennis ball.[6] According to him, he took inspiration from Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir, who is his idol.[7]

Early career[edit]

In 2012, Rahman came to the capital Dhaka to try out for a fast-bowlers camp.[5] Prior to that, scouters first encountered him in an Under-17 tournament in his hometown.[6] He was admitted to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's foundation of fast bowling. Soon he was selected to the Bangladesh Under-19 side for the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in UAE, where he took a total of eight wickets.[8]

Rahman started both his First-class cricket and List-A cricket from 2014, representing Khulna Division and Abahani Limited, respectively.[9] He was picked for Bangladesh A's tour of West Indies.[3][6]

International career[edit]

Emergence[edit]

Mustafizur began his international career in a twenty overs match against Pakistan on 24 April 2015, where he took the wickets of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez, two veteran Pakistani batsmen.[10]

In June, India toured Bangladesh for one Test and three One Day Internationals. Rahman was picked in the ODI squad. In his first match of the series, Rahman gave signs of his potential against the strong Indian batting line-up by taking a five-wicket haul off 9.2 overs in the first match.[11][12] Bangladesh won the match and Rahman became the tenth bowler in the history of ODIs to take five wickets on debut.[13][14] In the second ODI, Rahman took another six wickets.[15][16] This helped him to earn the record of most wickets of any bowler after two ODIs, surpassing the record previously held by Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori.[17][18] He completed the last ODI with 2 wickets and made history by taking 13 wickets in a three-match ODI series.[19][20]

The following month, Rahman took 5 wickets in three ODIs to help Bangladesh win the series against South Africa by 2–1.[21] He made his Test debut in the same series versus South Africa where he picked up 4 wickets.[22][23][24][25]

Injury problems[edit]

In the month of November, Bangladesh hosted Zimbabwe for three ODIs and two T20s. Rahman played a salient role in the ODI matches, taking a total of 8 wickets.[26] He captured his third five-wicket haul in the last game.[27] He could not contribute much in the T20 series, though he bowled economically, which resulted both sides sharing a win.[28] The next year in January, Bangladesh again played with Zimbabwe in four T20s. Rahman played in the first two matches, which they won. While bowling in the second T20I against Zimbabwe in January 2016, Mustafizur injured his shoulder. Following that, he was dropped from the squad for the first time since debut.[29][30]

During the Asia Cup held in the next month, he was again sidelined from the team due to his side strain,[31][32] playing only the first three games.[33][34][35][36] He was able to play against Australia, India and New Zealand in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 held in India in March.[37][38][39] He became the first Bangladeshi bowler to grab five wickets in the history of T20 World Cup after taking five wickets for 22 runs against New Zealand.[40] He took total of 9 wickets in three matches in the 2016 edition.[41]

Rahman was again unable to play all matches when Bangladesh toured New Zealand during December 2016 and January 2017.[42] He played his first Test match since August 2015 against Sri Lanka at Galle in March 2017, taking eight wickets in the series.

In April 2018, he was one of ten cricketers to be awarded a central contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the 2018 season.[43]

On 29 May 2018, Rahman was ruled out of a upcoming three-match T20I series against Afghanistan due to a toe injury.[44]

Domestic career[edit]

Bangladesh Premier League[edit]

Rahman's first professional Twenty20 career outside international cricket was the Bangladesh Premier League, where he played for Dhaka Dynamites in its 2015 season.[45] He took 14 wickets in 10 matches in that tournament.[46]

Indian Premier League[edit]

In the Indian Premier League auction of the 2016 season, Rahman was drafted by Sunrisers Hyderabad.[47] He took 17 wickets in 16 matches in the tournament[48] where his team won the title.[49] He was named as "Emerging Player of the Tournament",[50] being the first overseas player to receive this award.[51]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction.[52]

NatWest T20 Blast[edit]

In March 2016, English side Sussex announced that they had signed Rahman as their second overseas player for the T20 Blast competition.[53] He picked up four wickets while giving away 23 runs in his debut match against Essex.[54] After another match, he faced a shoulder surgery which sidelined him for six months.[55]

Pakistan Super League[edit]

Mustafizur was selected by Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.[56] The BCB was reluctant to let him play there.[57] However, the issue was resolved when Rahman got a shoulder injury in early 2016, thus preventing him from playing in the PSL.[58]

Playing style[edit]

Rahman achieved success in the beginning of his international career by bowling off cutters, a type of bowling which swings the ball away.[13][59] Rahman stated on a press conference in June 2015 that he first discovered the technique after his fellow cricketer, Anamul Haque insisted him to bowl a slower delivery.[5][6]

Media and disciplinary record[edit]

Rahman was assisted by captain Mashrafe Mortaza to talk on post-match interview twice,[60][61] and on a press conference once.[62] Normally, he struggles to speak to the media and public.[63]

In his first ODI match, Rahman collided with the Indian batsman MS Dhoni on two occasions while Dhoni was taking runs. The incident cost both men to be fined post-match.[64]

Records and achievements[edit]

Mustafizur Rahman became the tenth bowler to take a five-wicket haul on ODI debut.[65][66] He achieved the records of taking the most wickets (11) as well as the fourth player to be awarded Man of the match in the first two starting ODI matches.[17][67][68]

Rahman took 13 wickets in a three-match bilateral ODI series, which is the highest as of 2017.[19][20] He is the first player to win Man of the Match awards on both Test and ODI debuts.[5][69]

The governing body of cricket, the International Cricket Council, included Rahman on the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2015, recognizing him as one of the top cricketers of that year.[70] He is the first Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve this and the second to be selected for any ICC team after Shakib Al Hasan.[71] In December 2016, he was named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year, becoming the first Bangladeshi player to win one of the ICC's annual awards.[72] Rahman was also included as the 12th man in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Men's Team of the Tournament.[73] He won the ESPNcricinfo Award for the Best T20 performance of the year 2016 for his maiden T20I five-wicket haul against New Zealand during the World T20.[74]

Rahman also won the Best Athlete of the Year Award from the Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) of the year 2015.[75]

On January 27, 2018, Mustafizur took his 50th ODI wicket in a tri-series final against Sri Lanka by bowling Upul Tharanga, becoming the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to 50 ODI wickets in 27 matches.

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Taskin Ahmed
List of cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on ODI debut
(18 June 2015 Vs India)
Succeeded by
Kagiso Rabada