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 27)
Bagerhat, Khulna, Bangladesh
Batting Right handed
Bowling Right arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 56 Height:???) 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 22 October 2017 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 34
T20I debut 6 June 2009 v India
Last T20I 29 October 2017 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08–present Chittagong Division
2012 Chittagong Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 24 73 14 47
Runs scored 220 100 12 407
Batting average 9.56 5.88 6.00 8.84
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 45* 17 8* 45*
Balls bowled 3834 3290 272 6475
Wickets 32 91 14 73
Bowling average 77.93 33.86 30.28 63.30
5 wickets in innings 1 1 0 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 0
Best bowling 5/166 6/26 3/31 5/22
Catches/stumpings 11/– 11/– 1/– 17/–
Source: Cricinfo,[1]

Mohammad Rubel Hossain (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ রুবেল হোসেন; born 1 January 1990) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He has the highest bowling average amongst Test players who have bowled at least 2,500 deliveries.[2] He made his Test, ODI and T20I debuts in 2009.

Early career[edit]

A quick bowler with a slingy action—not dissimilar to Lasith Malinga's[3]—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 is known as the fastest bowler in Bangladesh cricket history.[citation needed] He bowled 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. Rubel Hossain consistently bowled around 145 km/h in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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 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 his 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.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2012 founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year.[4] An auction was held for teams to buy players,[5] and Rubel was bought by the Sylhet Royals for $70,000.[6]


Bangladeshi police arrested Rubel after Bangladeshi actress Naznin Akter Happy complained that he raped her. He was put in 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, Nazneen withdrew the charges.[7] Because of Rubel's performance against England, Happy's lawyer, Debul Day, ended his participation in the case saying "I no longer wish to fight against Rubel after seeing Bangladesh succeed. Rubel should feel no pressure."[8]

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.[9]
2 Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 19 August 2011 9–1–31–4 ; DNB  Bangladesh won by 6 wickets.[10]
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).[11]


  1. ^ Rubel Hossain | Bangladesh Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Records | Test matches | Bowling records | Worst career bowling average | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  3. ^ "World Twenty20 day two as it happened". BBC Sport. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011). "Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Isam, Mohammad (19 January 2012). "Afridi and Gayle fetch highest BPL prices". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League: players standing after auction" (PDF). ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Naznin Akter Happy drops rape charges against Rubel Hossain". Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "How a Country Made Its Cricket Hero's Rape Case Disappear". Sports. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  9. ^ "New Zealand in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2010 – 5th ODI". 
  10. ^ "Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series, 2011 – 4th ODI". 
  11. ^ "New Zealand in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2013 – 1st ODI". 

Rubel Hossain Biography