Mushfiqur Rahim deserves a bow for his outstanding performance against Sri Lanka
After being adjudged as player of the series in the latest Bangladesh versus Sri Lanka three match ODI series, ICC through its official Twitter handle threw a question to Tweeple that, how impressed are they with Mushfiqur Rahim's performance. Let's find out.
In the latest three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh senior middle order batsman Mushfiqur Rahim won the player of the series for scoring a total of 237. One century, one-half century, an average of 79. Two-player of the match awards. One must admit that it was more of Mushfiqur Rahim versus Sri Lanka.
Contribution in every match
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 84 in the first ODI. Complied a match-winning 109 run partnership with Mahmudullah Riyad. Resulting in Bangladesh winning by 33 runs. Player of the match – Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mushfiqur Rahim scored his eighth ODI century in the second ODI. Smashed 125, another match-winning inning. Solid 87 run partnership with Mahmudullah. Rahim stayed in the middle till the end, ensuring that Bangladesh reached some respectable total. Along with lower-order batsmen, Rahim put up a total of 85 runs after Mahmudullah was dismissed in 34th over. Bangladesh won the match by 103 runs (D/L method). Player of the match – Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 28 runs. Stitched a 56 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mosaddek Hossain, highest in the match for Bangladesh. One catch behind the stump. Bangladesh lost the match by 97 runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim amassed a total of 237 runs in three matches, of the total 692 runs scored by Bangladesh as a team. Rahim’s contribution of runs amounts to a little over 34 percent. Apt for Player of the series award.
International Cricket Council (ICC) acknowledges Rahim’s performances
Rahim moved up by four positions to claim his career-best ranking of 14th, overtaking England’s Joe Root(15) and Australia’s Steve Smith (16) in the ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings.
— ICC (@ICC) May 26, 2021
Contributions in Partnerships
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have proven time and again that they can arrest the flow of wickets and take their team over the line whenever possible.
ESPN’s Tweets highlights their invaluable contributions.
Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim are in elite company when it comes to number of century stands for the fifth wicket in ODIs 👌
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 30, 2021
When the top order falls, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have routinely stepped up for Bangladesh 👏 #BANvSL
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 29, 2021
Contributions to Team
With the 2-1 series win, Bangladesh has conquered the top position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka.
ICC’s Tweet regarding Bangladesh conquering Cricket World Cup Super League.
Sri Lanka claim their first @cricketworldcup Super League points 👏
Dushmantha Chameera’s 5/16 helps them defeat Bangladesh by 97 runs.
— ICC (@ICC) May 28, 2021
Mushfiqur Rahim after winning the Players of the Series award –
“I think the boys did a great job, they worked really hard for this series. Playing international cricket for 15+ years, you need to contribute more and more to your country and that’s what I try to do each game. Whenever there is pressure or expectation, I try to stay calm. I know the opponent might also think I’m a big player, that gives me an edge.”
- So to answer ICC’s question, “How impressed were you with Mushfiqur Rahim’s performance in Bangladesh versus Sri Lanka ODI series ?”
🏏 237 runs in three matches
🔥 One hundred, one fifty
🅰️ 79.00 average
🏅 Player of the Series
— ICC (@ICC) May 30, 2021
One has to say, “Mushfiqur Rahim, take a bow !!!”