Mustafizur Rahman (born 6 September 1995) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is specialized as a left-arm fast-medium bowler. He has taken the most wickets (13) in a debut One Day International (ODI) series. He is the first player to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award on both Test as well as ODI debuts.
Rahman in 2018 on the practice field in Dhaka
|Full name||Mustafizur Rahman|
|Born||6 September 1995|
Satkhira, Khulna, Bangladesh
|Nickname||Fizz, Cutter master|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Bowling||Left-arm fast medium|
|Test debut (cap 78)||21 July 2015 v South Africa|
|Last Test||8 March 2019 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 118)||18 June 2015 v India|
|Last ODI||28 July 2019 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI shirt no.||90|
|T20I debut (cap 44)||24 April 2015 v Pakistan|
|Last T20I||10 November 2019 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|2016–present||Mohammedan Sporting Club|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 November 2019
Rahman made his international cricket debut in a Twenty20 International (T20I) match against Pakistan 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
Mustafizur Rahman grew up in the small town of Satkhira in Khulna, Bangladesh. He is the youngest of Abul Qasem Gazi and Mahmuda Khatun's six children. His father is an enthusiastic fan of cricket. Rahman's interest in cricket rose when he started practicing the game 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from home every morning, with his brother Mokhlesur Rahman. This affected his education as he occasionally missed school to play cricket.
On 15 March 2019, along with several members of the Bangladesh test team, he was moments from entering the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when a terrorist attack began. All members of the team were "deeply affected". Rahman went on to get married on 22 March. Rahman's brother was hopeful that marriage could help him "overcome the shock" of witnessing the attack in New Zealand.
In 2012, Rahman travelled to Bangladesh's capital Dhaka to try out for a fast-bowlers camp. Prior to that, scouters first encountered him in an Under-17 tournament in his hometown. 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.
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. Bangladesh won the match and Rahman became the tenth bowler in the history of ODIs to take five wickets on debut. In the second ODI, Rahman took another six wickets. 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. He completed the last ODI with 2 wickets and made history by taking 13 wickets in a three-match ODI series.
The following month, Rahman took 5 wickets in three ODIs to help Bangladesh win the series against South Africa by 2–1. He made his Test debut in the same series versus South Africa where he picked up 4 wickets.
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. For his performances in 2015, he was named in the World ODI XI by ICC. He was also named in the ODI XI of the year 2015 by ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz. He captured his third five-wicket haul in the last game. He could not contribute much in the T20 series, though he bowled economically, which resulted both sides sharing a win. 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.
During the Asia Cup held in the next month, he was again sidelined from the team due to his side strain, playing only the first three games. He was able to play against Australia, India and New Zealand in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 held in India in March. 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. He took total of 9 wickets in three matches in the 2016 edition. He was named as 12th man in the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2016 T20 World Cup by the ICC.
Rahman was again unable to play all matches when Bangladesh toured New Zealand during December 2016 and January 2017. 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.
On 29 May 2018, Rahman was ruled out of an upcoming three-match T20I series against Afghanistan due to a toe injury.
2019 Cricket World Cup
In April 2019, he was named in Bangladesh's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 5 July 2019, in the match against Pakistan, Mustafizur took his 100th wicket in ODIs. He finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh, with twenty dismissals in eight matches. Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Mustafizur as the rising star of the squad.
Bangladesh Premier League
Rahman's first professional Twenty20 career outside international cricket was the Bangladesh Premier League, where he played for Dhaka Dynamites in its 2015 season. He took 14 wickets in 10 matches in that tournament. In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rajshahi Kings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Rangpur Rangers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.
Indian Premier League
In the Indian Premier League auction of the 2016 season, Rahman was drafted by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He took 17 wickets in 16 matches in the tournament where his team won the title. He was named as "Emerging Player of the Tournament", the first overseas player to receive this award.
NatWest T20 Blast
In March 2016, English side Sussex announced that they had signed Rahman as their second overseas player for the T20 Blast competition. He picked up four wickets while giving away 23 runs in his debut match against Essex. After another match, he faced a shoulder surgery which sidelined him for six months.
Rahman achieved success in the beginning of his international career by bowling off cutters, a type of bowling which moves away (from the right-hander) off of the pitch. Rahman stated on a press conference in June 2015 that he first discovered the technique after his fellow cricketer, Anamul Haque insisted he bowl a slower delivery.
Records and achievements
- Rahman took 13 wickets in a three-match bilateral ODI series, which is the highest as of 2017.
- He is the first player to win Man of the Match awards on both Test and ODI debuts.
- 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. He was the first Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve this and the second to be selected for any ICC team after Shakib Al Hasan.
- In December 2016, he was named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year, the first Bangladeshi player to win one of the ICC's annual awards. Rahman was also included as the 12th man in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Men's Team of the Tournament. 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.
- Rahman won the Best Athlete of the Year Award from the Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) of the year 2015.
- 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.
- On July 5, 2019, Mustafizur took his 100th ODI wicket in 2019 Cricket World Cup against Pakistan by bowling Haris Sohail, becoming the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to reach the milestone in 54 matches. By doing so, he also became the fourth fastest in the World to reach 100 wickets, leaving Australian speedster Brett Lee behind him. Lee reached the milestone of 100 wickets in 55 matches.
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12th man. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
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