Rubel Hossain

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Rubel Hossain
রুবেল হোসেন
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Rubel Hossain
Born (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26)
Bagerhat, Khulna, Bangladesh
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 56) 9 July 2009 v West Indies
Last Test 12–16 November 2014 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 94) 14 January 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 15 July 2015 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 34
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08–present Chittagong Division
2012 Chittagong Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 23 67 40 105
Runs scored 197 89 347 147
Batting average 8.95 5.56 8.67 5.06
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 45* 17 45* 18*
Balls bowled 3732 3050 5900 4877
Wickets 32 87 62 155
Bowling average 75.90 32.71 63.30 27.78
5 wickets in innings 1 1 2 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/166 6/26 5/60 6/18
Catches/stumpings 10/– 10/– 16/– 22/–
Source: Cricinfo, [1], 06 March 2014

Mohammad Rubel Hossain (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ রুবেল হোসেন; born: 1 January 1990 in Bagerhat) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He made his ODI debut on 14 January 2009 in Bangladesh's victory over Sri Lanka, where he took 4/33 in 5.3 overs in a shortened ODI game. He made his Test debut on 9 July 2009 against the West Indies, and took 3 wickets. He has also featured in two Twenty20 matches, both coming in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.

Early career[edit]

A quick bowler with a slingy action—not dissimilar to Lasith Malinga's[1]—Rubel can consistently deliver good pace and bounce. His first-class debut arrived for Chittagong Division in 2007, where he picked up match figures of 1/137 against Khulna Division. After a string of good performances in the National Cricket League, he was selected to play for the Bangladesh Under-19 team, and soon after, the Bangladesh A team.

International career[edit]

Rubel was named in the ODI squad for the tri-series with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and made his debut in the third game of the round-robin stage, a game Bangladesh needed to win to progress to the final. Rubel cleaned up the middle-order and tail with a 4 wicket haul in just 5.3 overs. He also played in the tri-series final, where he had a poor end to the game, but retained his place for the three ODI series against Zimbabwe soon after. More good performances led to him being named in the Test squad to face the West Indies for the first time. He made his debut at Arnos Vale, and took three wickets in West Indies' 1st innings, and also formed a good 10th wicket partnership with Shahadat Hossain in Bangladesh's 1st innings.

Rubel is known as one of the fastest bowlers in Bangladesh Cricket history. He bowled an impressive 149.5 km/h in a warm up game in 2009 ICC World Twenty20. He also bowled at 148 km/h vs Sri Lanka in 2015 Cricket World Cup. Rubel's best ODI figure is 6/26 vs New Zealand, where he also took a hattrick.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year.[2] An auction was held for teams to buy players,[3] and Rubel was bought by the Sylhet Royals for $70,000.[4]


Bangladeshi police arrested Rubel after heroine Nazneen Akhtar complained about him that he raped her. He was put on custody for three days, later the court granted him bail to participate for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. On Bangladesh's victory over England, in which Hossain played a starring role in, Nazneen withdrew her charges.[5]

International Performances[edit]

Test five-wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 5/166 5  New Zealand Seddon Park Hamilton New Zealand 2010 Lost

ODI five-wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 6/26 41  New Zealand Shere Bangla Stadium Dhaka Bangladesh 2013 Won

International Awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 17 October 2010 2 (7 balls) ; 9.3-1-25-4 ; 1 ct.  Bangladesh won by 3 runs.[6]
2 Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 19 August 2011 9-1-31-4 ; DNB  Bangladesh won by 6 wickets.[7]
3 New Zealand Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 29 October 2013 3* (3 balls) ; 5.5-0-26-6  Bangladesh won by 43 runs (D/L).[8]