Mustafizur Rahman, known affectionately as “The Fizz,” is a renowned Bangladeshi international cricketer. Born on September 6, 1995, in Satkhira, Bangladesh, Mustafizur is celebrated as one of the finest fast-medium bowlers of his generation.
Bowling Carrer of Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur’s journey to cricketing stardom began in 2012 when he ventured from his hometown, Satkhira, to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, to participate in a fast-bowlers camp. His talent was first spotted during an Under-17 tournament in Satkhira.
In 2014, he was selected for the Bangladesh Under-19 side and later represented his country in the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in the UAE, where he showcased his skills by taking eight wickets.
International Debut and Historic Start
Mustafizur’s international career took off on April 24, 2015, when he made his debut in a twenty-over match against Pakistan. In his first match, he dismisses Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez.
His career-defining moment came when India toured Bangladesh in June 2015. He took a five-wicket haul in the first match of the series. In the second ODI, he took another six wickets.
International Success and Records
He played a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s victory over South Africa, taking five wickets in three ODIs, and made his Test debut in the same series against South Africa, picking up four wickets.
Despite facing injury setbacks, Mustafizur continued to shine in international cricket. He made history during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 by becoming the first Bangladeshi bowler to take five wickets in a T20 World Cup match, achieving this feat against New Zealand. His consistent performances led to him being named in various ICC teams of the year, including the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year three times (2015, 2018, 2021) and the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year in 2021.
Domestic Success and IPL
In domestic cricket, Mustafizur made a name for himself in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He played for various franchises, including Dhaka Dynamites, Rajshahi Kings, and Rangpur Rangers.
His performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was exceptional. He was drafted by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 IPL auction and played a crucial role in the team’s title-winning campaign. Mustafizur was named the “Emerging Player of the Tournament,” becoming the first overseas player to receive this honor.
Records and Awards
Throughout his career, Mustafizur has amassed numerous records and awards, including:
- Inclusion in the ICC ODI Team of the Year (2015, 2018, 2021).
- ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year (2016).
- ICC World Twenty20 Men’s Team of the Tournament (2016).
- ESPNcricinfo Award for the Best T20 Performance of the Year (2016).
- BSPA Best Athlete of the Year Award (2015).
- IPL’s Emerging Player of the Year (2016).
He hails from a cricket-loving family.
Mustafizur’s unconventional off-cutters and slower deliveries, which he learned at the insistence of fellow cricketer Anamul Haque, have baffled many batsmen.
In March 2019, Mustafizur was part of the Bangladesh cricket team that narrowly avoided a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.