Mustafizur Rahman has been one of the crucial cogs of the Bangladeshi national cricket team. For the uninitiated, the 25-year-old pacer has taken the most wickets (13) in a debut One Day International (ODI) series. In fact, he is the first player to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award on both Test and ODI debuts.
He made his international debut in a T20I match against Pakistan in 2015. Later in the same year, he played his first ODI and Test matches against India and Proteas. In 2015, when Team India toured Bangladesh for a solitary Test and three One Day Internationals.
Mustafizur announced his arrival in the ODI squad. In the first match of the series, Mustafizur showed his capability against the potent Indian batting line-up by taking a fifer. As a result, Bangladesh won the game. Mustafizur scripted history by becoming the tenth bowler in the history of ODIs to take a five-wicket haul on debut.
In the subsequent ODI, he took another six wickets and ended the last ODI with 2 wickets. He etched his name into the record books by taking as many as 13 wickets in a three-match ODI series. The following month, he went on to take 5 wickets in three ODIs that helped Bangladesh win the series against South Africa by 2–1.
Mustafizur Rahman keeps Aussies in check
The left-arm pacer has made it a habit of performing against big teams so far. He once again rose to the occasion during the ongoing five-match T20I series against Australia. Mustafizur took 3 wickets in the first T20I and then another three wickets in the second T20I.
Although he remained wicketless in the deciding T20I, he made his presence count on the pitch. He was the best economical bowler of the match as he conceded only 9 runs in 4 overs at an economy of 2.20. The left-arm fast bowler has perfected the art of bowling dot balls as the situation demanded.
Bangladesh posted a total of 127/9 in 20 overs with the help of Mahmudullah’s fifty. Bangladeshi bowlers kept the Australians silent. At a time when the visitors required 23 off 12 balls, Mustafizur unleashed his true self in the penultimate over.
Interestingly, he conceded just 1 run, in what was a turning point. Bangladesh won the game by 10 runs and also won the series. It is their first-ever international series win against Australia.