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Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim
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Birth 1 September 1988
Age 33 years
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Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim (born 12 May 1988) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He made his Test debut in 2005, at the age of 16, during Bangladesh's first tour of England and the next year played his first One Day International. The first test double centurian for Bangladesh, Rahim is also the most successful wicket-keeper batsman for Bangladesh with most dismissals in history.
Between August 2009 and December 2010 Rahim served as Bangladesh's vice-captain. And now he is serving as the captain of Bangladesh's Test team.He specialises as a wicket-keeper and is a middle order batsman. At domestic level he represents Rajshahi Division and captains Sylhet Super Stars.he loves his friend SHUTRO.
He also scored the first double century in test for Bangladesh Cricket Team in history. According to Jamie Siddons in 2010, then the Bangladesh coach, Rahim's batting is so versatile that he can bat anywhere in the top order, from one to six.

Personal life

Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim was born on 9 May 1988 to Mahbub Habib and Rahima Khatun. Rahim in between playing cricket, studied history at the Jahangirnagar University.Formerly, He finished his school life from Bogra Zilla School He was due to miss the exams for his master's degree in April 2012 as they clashed with Bangladesh's scheduled tour of Pakistan, however the tour was postponed and Rahim allowed to sit the exams.

Early career

Before playing for the senior national team, Rahim played for Bangladesh Under-19s. He represented them in three Youth Tests and 18 Youth One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 2004 and 2006, averaging 31.75 and 36.00 with the bat in the respective formats. His only half-century in the Tests came against England. Rahim trained at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports.

Mushfiqur was selected for Bangladesh's tour of England in May and June 2005. In what was Bangladesh's first tour of England, the team faced unfamiliar conditions and the batsmen struggled against seam bowling. Mushfiqur adapted his batting style in the warm up matches, "consistently playing late and straight" according to Wisden, and managed to score 63 against Sussex and a career best 115 not out against Northamptonshire in the warm up matches.

Although initially named in the squad as understudy for the wicket-keeping position, Mushfiqur's performances in the warm up matches led to his selection for the first Test at Lord's as a specialist batsman. The 16-year-old scored 19 in the first innings and was one of just three batsman to reach double figures as Bangladesh were dismissed for 108. After twisting his ankle, Mushfiqur played no further part in the tour.

Rahim batting against England in a Test at Lord's in May 2010.

During the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup, hosted by Sri Lanka in February, Rahim captained the Bangladesh side which included future international players Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal among others. Rahim was one of two players at the tournament with Test-match experience. Under his guidance Bangladesh reached the quarter finals of the tournament. Later that month Rahim was recalled to the senior Test squad for the first time since the England tour in 2005. He was selected as a specialist batsmen, with Khaled Mashud chosen as the wicket-keeper for the series against Sri Lanka.

Rahim was included in Bangladesh's senior squad to tour Zimbabwe for five ODIs in July 2006. He was one of three uncapped ODI players included in the squad alongside all-rounders Farhad Reza and Shakib Al Hasan.

He scored his maiden half-century at Harare against Zimbabwe and was picked as the first-choice wicket-keeper ahead of Mashud for the World Cup in the West Indies. Rahim was chosen because his batting was considered better.

Rahim was recalled for the second Test against Sri Lanka in July 2007, replacing Mashud as it was felt that Rahim was in better form. Although Bangladesh lost by an innings and 90 runs, Rahim combined with Mohammad Ashraful – the new captain – to score a record 191 for Bangladesh's sixth-wicket partnership. Mushfiqur scored 80, beating his previous best score in Tests of 19. In December 2007, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) granted Rahim a one-year grade B (third tier) contract, one of 22 central contracts with the Board at the time.

Following the World Cup, Rahim endured a series of poor scores, including five innings in which he amassed four runs altogether. As a result, when South Africa toured in March for three ODIs and Bangladesh went to Pakistan for five ODIs the next month, Rahim was dropped in favour of Dhiman Ghosh.

Rahim was recalled to the squad for a tri-series with Pakistan and India and the 2008 Asia Cup. When 17 contracts were announced in April 2009, Rahim's was renewed, marking Rahim as Bangladesh's first choice 'keeper.


Rahim was appointed vice-captain for Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe in August 2009. The position was vacated as the previous holder, Shakib Al Hasan, was filling-in as captain for the injured Mashrafe Mortaza. Bangladesh won the five match ODI series4–1, and in the final fixture Rahim scored 98, beating his previous highest score in list A matches of 58, to help his team to victory. With 169 runs in the series at an average of 56.33, Rahim was Bangladesh's fourth-highest run scorer.

Rahim keeping wicket against England at Old Trafford in 2010

Rahim retained the vice-captaincy for the Home Test Series against India in January and February 2010, and on 21 January, the fifth day of the first Test, he scored his maiden Test century and the fastest by a Bangladeshi in Test cricket, off only 112 balls as Bangladesh delayed an Indian victory, being the last man out as India won by 113 runs. [1] England toured Bangladesh in February and March for two Tests and three ODIs. Bangladesh lost all five match.

Rahim at least had a successful series and was his team's second-highest run-scorer in the ODIs and Tests. Rahim scored two half-centuries in the first Test, becoming the 6th Bangladesh batsman to perform the feat.

Having impressed at home, Rahim's performance in the return tour in England in May was expected to be crucial to how well Bangladesh performed. In the event, he could manage just 40 runs from two Tests as Bangladesh's batsmen struggled in English conditions and slumped to a 2–0 defeat. The teams were due to face each other in a three-match ODI series after the Tests. In the first fixture Rahim was struck in the face while keeping wicket to spinner Faisal Hossain. An x-ray revealed no fractures, however as a precaution he was rested for a week, missing the rest of the series.

At the start of November, the BCB announced 16 central contracts. Rahim was one of six players in the top level. Later that month, Rahim recorded his best score in a one-day match. Playing for Rajshahi in the National Cricket League, he scored 114 from 120 deliveries as his team lost by 8 runs. In December 2010, Tamim Iqbal replaced Rahim as Bangladesh's vice-captain.

Rahim was included in Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup. Bangladesh were knocked out in the group stage and Rahim had a poor tournament personally. There were suggestions that he could be dropped, especially as fellow wicket-keeper Dhiman Ghosh was scoring heavily in Bangladesh's domestic competition. In August 2011, Mushfiqur hit 101 from 100 balls having his second century against Zimbabwe was not enough to stop Bangladesh losing the third one-day series by five runs.

Captaincy 2011-Prsent

On 20 September 2011, Rahim was named Bangladesh captain, taking over from Shakib Al Hasan after a disappointing tour of Zimbabwe. The announcement was made midway through the BCB Cup, a tournament involving the senior Bangladesh team, Bangladesh A, and a side made up of academy players. Rahim had already been captaining Bangladesh in the tournament on a temporary basis. The competition was won by Bangladesh A.

Bangladesh's next international engagement was hosting the West Indies in October for a T20I, three ODIs, and two Tests. In his first international match as captain, Rahim produced a Man-of-the-Match performance, scoring 41 not out from 26 balls to help his team to victory with one delivery to spare in the only T20I. Bangladesh lost the ODI series 2–1 and Rahim was his team's leading run-scorer with 100, including an innings of 69. The following month, Pakistan toured for three ODIs and two Tests. Bangladesh lost the ODI series 3–0, and Rahim managed just 12 runs from three innings.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. The BCB made Mushfiq the 'icon player' for Duronto Rajshahi. Under his leadership Duronto overcame a weak start to progress to the semi-finals where they lost to Barisal Burners; Rahim contributed 234 runs from 11 matches.

In the 2012 Asia Cup, under Rahim's captaincy, Bangladesh won two out of the three games they have played and reached the final for the first time where they lost to Pakistan in the final. In April his grade A+ central contract was renewed. On 11 March 2013, during the 1st test of the tour of Sri Lanka in Galle, Rahim became the first Bangledeshi to score a double hundred, beating the previous highest of 190 set by Mohammed Ashraful earlier in the day.

Mushfiqur announced his resignation as captain on 8 May 2013, but a few days later Mushfiqur announced he had made a "mistake", and on 3 July 2013 the BCB announced they would be retaining Mushfiqur as captain until the end of the year. Rahim had an outstanding home series against New Zealand in October and November 2013. His team drew the first two tests, won all three ODIs but lost the only T20 match.

Mushfiqur continued his captaincy in 2014 and lost to Sri Lanka in a home series. During the series, he suffered a hand injury for which he was replaced with Anamul Haque in wicket keeping. He also missed out the T20 international matches against Sri Lanka in which Mashrafe Mortaza took the job of captaincy. He scored his second one-day international century against India in the beginning of the 2014 Asia Cup but struggled in that match with his injury. Mushfiqur continued in the next match against Afghanistan but lost the match by 32 runs which was a great shame for him and his team. His team also lost the match against Pakistan in that same tournament even after scoring 326 which was their highest ODI score. Later they lost to Sri Lanka in their last match of the Asia Cup which made them lose all three matches. Bangladesh qualified for the super 10s in the ICC World Twenty20 2014, by winning two of their three matches. But they were knocked out in the super 10s, having lost all the four matches.

Bangladesh toured the West Indies in August 2014, where they lost all three ODIs and two test matches. During the first test, Mushfiqur scored 116 in the second innings, picking up his third test century. On September 2014, BCB appointed Mashrafee Mortaza as the ODI captain while Mushfiqur still remained to be the skipper in test formats for Bangladesh. In the home series against Zimbabwe in November, 2014, Bangladesh whitewashed Zimbabwe in both the three tests and five ODIs. He was also awarded the man of the series for the ODI matches.

Head injury

During the first test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Rahim was hit on the back of the helmet on the fifth day of match and immediately taken to hospital. The incident took place in the 43rd over of Bangladesh's second innings when Tim Southee bowled a bouncer that hit Rahim just behind left ear as he was trying to duck. Initial X-rays and scans to his neck suggested he was out of immediate danger. Rahim attended to the post match presentation after the treatments.

International centuries

Test centuries

Mushfiqur Rahim's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 101 17  India Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2010 Lost
2 200 31  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2013 Drawn
3 116 34  West Indies Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Arnos Vale Stadium 2014 Lost
4 159 51  New Zealand New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2017 Lost

One Day International centuries

Mushfiqur Rahim's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 101 91  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2011 Lost
2 117 128  India Bangladesh Fatullah, Bangladesh Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium 2014 Lost
3 106 147  Pakistan Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium 2015 Won
4 107 156  Zimbabwe Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium 2015 Won

International Awards

Test Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test - Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Test Series 2012/13 1st Innings: 200 (321 balls, 22x4, 1x6) ; WK
2nd Innings: DNB ; WK
Match drawn.
2 2nd Test - Bangladesh in Zimbabwe Test Series 2013 1st Innings: 60 (165 balls, 5x4, 1x6) ; WK 4 ct.
2nd Innings: 93 (153 balls, 9x4)
 Bangladesh won by 143 runs.
3 1st Test - South Africa in Bangladesh Test Series 2015 1st Innings: 65 (125 balls, 7x4)
2nd Innings: DNB
Match drawn.

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 16 August 2011 WK 1 st. ; 101 (100 balls, 8x4, 1x6)  Zimbabwe won by 5 runs.
2 Afghanistan Manuka Oval, Canberra 18 February 2015 71 (56 balls, 6x4, 1x6) ; WK  Bangladesh won by 105 runs.
3 Pakistan Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 17 April 2015 106 (77 balls, 13x4, 2x6) ; WK 1 ct.  Bangladesh won by 79 runs.
4 Zimbabwe Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 7 November 2015 107 (109 balls, 9x4, 1x6) ; WK 2 ct.  Bangladesh won by 145 runs.

Player of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 West Indies in Bangladesh 2012/13 204 Runs (5 Matches, 1×50) with avg. 51.00 ; WK 6 ct. 2 st.  Bangladesh Won the series 3-2.
2 New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013/14 123 Runs (3 Matches, 1×50) with avg. 41.00 ; WK 5 ct.  Bangladesh Won the series 3-0.
3 Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2014/15 213 Runs (5 Matches, 2×50) with avg. 42.60 ; WK 4 ct. 2 st.  Bangladesh Won the series 5-0.
4 Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2015/16 156 Runs (3 Matches, 1×100) with avg. 52.00 ; WK 3 ct. 1 st.  Bangladesh Won the series 3-0.

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

# Series Date Against Match Performance Result
1 West Indies in Bangladesh 11 October 2011 West Indies WK 1 ct. ; 41* (26 balls, 1x4, 2x6)  Bangladesh won by 3 wickets.

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