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Mushfiq reaches a new height

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Mushfiq reaches a new height
A pump-up Mushfiqur Rahim leads Bangladesh team off the field with skipper Mominul Haque on the left at the end of third day’s play of one off Test match against Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

 

Mushfiqur Rahim brought himself to a new height when he slammed his credible third Test double hundreds on the day three of the solitary Test against visiting Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday.

Rahim is now the only batsman in Bangladesh possessed the record of three double centuries under his belt that surpassed the record of Garry Sobers (West Indies), Mark Taylor (Australia), Hanif Mohammad (Pakistan), Graham Gooch (England), Inzamamul Haque (Pakistan), VVS Laxman (India) and placed himself beside Viv Richard (West Indies), Sanat Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) and Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Garry Kirstein (South Africa), Justin Langer (Australia), Steven Smith (Australia) and so on.

Tamim Iqbal was the highest Test run-getter in Bangladesh before the kick-off of the solitary Test against the east African side.

En route to playing his spell-binding, indefatigable innings of 203, Mushfiq has superseded Tamim, who was top for so long. But Rahim, who skipped wicket-keeping role in favour of Liton Kumar Das, chalked up 4,413 runs, just eight runs more than the hard-hitting opener.   

Coming to bat at day three, Mushfiqur Rahim notched up his century after Mominul Haque, who got out for 132.

Mushfiq walked for the record after losing his captain. Despite losing two wickets, on the other hand, he made a dogged resistance against Zimbabwean bowlers.

He was calm and cool on way to his brilliant double century after completing his century from 161 balls. This was his first double after dropping his keeping role.

He outshone Mohammad Ashraful after striking his seventh century. Mushfiq banged his four centuries in overseas conditions what he did in his captaincy period.

Mushfiq hammered first double century (200) as the first Bangladesh batsman. He played his brilliant innings against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2013. Tamim then hit a double century (206) against Pakistan in 2015.  

Shakib Al Hasan made double century (217) against New Zealand as the third Bangladesh batsman.

Thereafter, Mushfiqur Rahim cracked his second double hundred (219) against Zimbabwe in 2018. This was the highest individual Test innings amongst Bangladesh batsmen.

Getting the same opponent after two years, Mushfiqur shone in with his willow. He reached his third double century from 315 balls. Even though he celebrated his century in a simple manner, Rahim celebrated his credible double ton in a different way.

He revealed it at his post-match press conference, where he said he copied his son to celebrate his double century.

“I had no planning to celebrate in such a way. After hitting a double century, I thought my son was a big fan of the dinosaur. He celebrates in a different way to see a dinosaur. He just tried to copy his style of celebration,” Mushfiqur Rahim.    

He overlapped Shakib Al Hasan in international runs across the three formats. Shakib scored 11,752 runs from 338, while Mushfiqur Rahim piled on 11,778 runs from 371.

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