Mushfiqur Rahim was born on May 9, 1987, in Bogra, Bangladesh. Mushfiqur is more than just a cricketer, he’s a symbol of resilience and dedication in the world of cricket.
Batting Career Summary of Mushfiqur Rahim
Early Days and Rise to Stardom
Mushfiqur Rahim made his international debut in 2005 at just 16 years old, taking on England. Remarkably, he played as a specialist batsman in his first Test match and earned the distinction of being the youngest player to grace the hallowed grounds of Lord’s Cricket Stadium.
In 2010 during a Test match against India, he scored a blazing century, becoming the quickest Bangladeshi to do so.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s batting versatility is often praised by cricket experts. He’s known as “Mr. Dependable” among Bangladeshi fans for his consistent performances and the ability to bat anywhere in the top order, from one to six. In fact, he is one of the few wicketkeeper-batsmen to score over 11,000 runs and affect more than 400 dismissals.
He holds the record for being the highest individual scorer for Bangladesh in Test cricket. Moreover, Mushfiqur is the first and only wicketkeeper-batsman in the history of Test cricket to achieve two double-hundreds, and he’s also the first Bangladeshi to record three double-hundreds in Tests.
Early Life and Family
Mushfiqur Rahim was born to Mahbub Habib and Rahima Khatun in Bogra, Bangladesh. His educational journey took him through Bogra Zilla School, where he completed his secondary schooling. While passionately pursuing cricket, he also managed to study history at Jahangirnagar University.
In 2014, Mushfiqur tied the knot with Jannatul Kifayet Mondi, who is the sister of Mahmudullah’s wife, Jannatul Kawsar Mishti. Their family grew with the arrival of their son, Mayan, in 2018.
Early Cricket Career
Before making his mark on the international stage, Mushfiqur Rahim honed his skills in Bangladesh’s Under-19s. He represented the team in three Youth Tests and 18 Youth One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 2004 and 2006, impressing with averages of 31.75 and 36.00 in the respective formats. His journey included training at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports.
Domestic and T20 Franchise Success
At the domestic level, Mushfiqur Rahim represents Rajshahi Division. In the world of T20 cricket, he’s donned several hats, playing for various teams including Duronto Rajshahi, Nagenahira Nagas, Sylhet Royals, Chittagong Vikings, Karachi Kings, Barishal Bulls, Rajshahi Kings, Nangharhar Leopards, Khulna Tigers, and Beximco Dhaka.
In the National Cricket League, he’s shone brightly. His impressive domestic career boasts over 6500 first-class runs, featuring twelve half-centuries and thirty-four centuries.
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Heroics
Mushfiqur Rahim’s BPL journey is nothing short of legendary. From being named the ‘icon player’ for Duronto Rajshahi to leading the Sylhet Royals and Chittagong Vikings, he has consistently delivered stellar performances. His outstanding record includes being the leading run-scorer in multiple seasons and posting a career-best knock of an unbeaten 98 runs.
In January 2023, Mushfiqur achieved a significant milestone, becoming the first cricketer to play 100 matches in the Bangladesh Premier League during the match against Dhaka Dominators.
Captaincy and Leadership
In September 2011, Mushfiqur Rahim took over the captaincy of the Bangladesh cricket team, following a disappointing tour of Zimbabwe. Under his captaincy Bangladesh reached the final of 2012 Asia cup for the first time.
While captaincy had its challenges, Mushfiqur Rahim consistently led by example, even scoring a century against Sri Lanka in Galle in March 2013, becoming the first Bangladesh.