Mustafizur Rahman: The Fourth Bangladeshi Bowler to Reach 150 ODI Wickets

Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh’s ace pacer, Mustafizur Rahman, etched his name in the annals of cricket history. He becomes the fourth Bangladeshi player to achieve the milestone of 150 ODI wickets. This momentous achievement unfolded during Bangladesh’s riveting clash against India in the Asia Cup Super Four, held in Colombo.

Mustafizur Rahman’s stellar performance in this high-stakes match showcased his exceptional bowling prowess. He left an indelible mark by claiming three crucial wickets for just 50 runs. His victims included the likes of all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, as well as the talented Shardul Thakur.

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The 150-wicket milestone is a testament to his consistency and ability to deliver in pressure situations. Having represented Bangladesh in 91 ODI matches, he boasts an impressive average of 24.54 and an economy rate of 5.08. Rahman’s best bowling figures in ODI cricket stand at a remarkable 6/43, a testament to his ability to dismantle even the strongest of batting line-ups.

ODI Stats of Mustafizur Rahman:

  • Player 91 Matches.
  • Scalped 151 Wickets.
  • Best bowling figure 6/43.
  • Economy- 5.09.
  • Has taken 5-wicket haul five times.

Despite this incredible feat, Mustafizur Rahman finds himself in illustrious company among the leading wicket-takers for Bangladesh in ODI cricket. He currently occupies the fourth position in this esteemed list, trailing behind the likes of Abdur Razzak (207 wickets), Mashrafe Mortaza (269 wickets), and Shakib Al Hasan (308 wickets).

List of Bangladeshi Bowlers with 150 Wickets

  • Shakib Al Hasan- 308 wickets
  • Mashrafe Mortaza- 269 wickets
  • Abdur Razzak- 207 wickets
  • Mustafizur Rahman- 151 wickets

Turning our attention to the thrilling match in which Rahman achieved this milestone, it was a roller-coaster ride for both teams. India, opting to field first, put early pressure on Bangladesh, reducing them to a precarious 59/4. However, the resilient Bangladeshi skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, and the young talent, Hridoy, turned the tide with a remarkable 101-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

In the latter stages of the innings, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, and Tanzim contributed valuable runs, propelling Bangladesh to a competitive total of 265/8 in their allotted 50 overs.

India’s pursuit of the 266-run target was not without its moments of drama. Tanzim’s early strikes removed Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and debutant Tilak Varma for single-digit scores. Shubman Gill emerged as India’s lone warrior, crafting a brilliant innings of 121 runs from 133 balls. Gill received support from KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav, but India still found themselves a tad short.

The match witnessed a gripping climax as Axar Patel fought valiantly for India, scoring 42 runs from 34 balls. However, his dismissal left India agonizingly close but just six runs short of victory. Rahman, with his 3/50, was instrumental in sealing the win for Bangladesh, while Tanzim and Mahedi chipped in with crucial wickets.

Mustafizur Rahman’s achievement in reaching 150 ODI wickets adds another feather to Bangladesh’s cricketing cap and underlines the country’s growing influence on the international cricket stage. As Mustafizur Rahman continues to spearhead the Bangladeshi bowling attack, we look forward to more milestones and memorable performances from this talented pacer in the years to come.