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Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman on practice field in Dhaka on 2018 (1) (cropped).jpg
Mustafizur in 2018
Personal information
Born (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 26)
Satkhira, Bangladesh
NicknameThe Fizz, Musti[1] Cutter master[2]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 78)21 July 2015 v South Africa
Last Test16 June 2022 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 118)18 June 2015 v India
Last ODI10 August 2022 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.90
T20I debut (cap 44)24 April 2015 v Pakistan
Last T20I2 August 2022 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2014–presentKhulna Division
2016–presentMohammedan Sporting Club
2015/16Dhaka Dynamites
2016–2017Sunrisers Hyderabad
2016Sussex
2017–2019Rajshahi Kings
2018Lahore Qalandars
2018Mumbai Indians
2019/20Rangpur Rangers
2021Rajasthan Royals
2022Comilla Victorians
2022Delhi Capitals
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 14 74 63
Runs scored 59 82 59
Batting average 4.53 7.18 3.90
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 16 18* 15
Balls bowled 2,013 3,347 1,051
Wickets 30 127 87
Bowling average 36.73 22.83 19.55
5 wickets in innings 0 5 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/37 6/43 5/22
Catches/stumpings 1/– 13/– 11/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 10 August 2022

Mustafizur Rahman (Bengali: মুস্তাফিজুর রহমান; born 6 September 1995) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is specialized as a left-arm fast-medium bowler.

Mustafizur made his international cricket debut in a Twenty20 International (T20I) match against Pakistan in April 2015. Later that year, he played his first One Day International and Test matches against India and South Africa, respectively.

Before his international career, Mustafizur played in the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Early and personal life[edit]

Mustafizur grew up in the small town of Satkhira in Khulna, Bangladesh.[3] He is the youngest of Abul Qasem Gazi and Mahmuda Khatun's six children.[4] His father is an enthusiastic fan of cricket.[5] Mustafizur's interest in cricket rose when he started practicing the game 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from home every morning, with his brother Mokhlesur Rahman. This affected his education as he occasionally missed school to play cricket.[4]

Prior to discovering his bowling talents, Mustafizur played as a batsman with a tennis ball.[6] According to him, he took inspiration from Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir who is his idol.[7]

On 15 March 2019, along with several members of the Bangladesh test team, he was moments from entering the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when a terrorist attack began. All members of the team were "deeply affected".[8] Mustafizur went on to get married on 22 March. Mustafizur's brother was hopeful that marriage could help him "overcome the shock" of witnessing the attack in New Zealand.[9]

Early career[edit]

In 2012, Mustafizur travelled to Bangladesh's capital Dhaka to try out for a fast-bowlers camp.[5] Prior to that, scouters first encountered him in an Under-17 tournament in Satkhira.[6] He was admitted to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's foundation of fast bowling. Soon he was selected to the Bangladesh Under-19 side for the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in UAE, where he took a total of eight wickets.[10]

Mustafizur started both his First-class cricket and List-A cricket from 2014, representing Khulna Division and Abahani Limited, respectively.[11] He was picked for Bangladesh A's tour of West Indies.[3][6]

International career[edit]

Emergence[edit]

Mustafizur began his international career in a twenty overs match against Pakistan on 24 April 2015, where he took the wickets of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez, two veteran Pakistani batsmen.[12]

In June 2015, India toured Bangladesh for one Test and three One Day Internationals. Mustafizur was picked in the ODI squad. In his first match of the series, Mustafizur gave signs of his potential against the strong Indian batting line-up by taking a five-wicket haul off 9.2 overs in the first match.[13][14] Bangladesh won the match and Mustafizur became the tenth bowler in the history of ODIs to take five wickets on debut.[15][16] In the second ODI, Mustafizur took another six wickets.[17][18] This helped him to earn the record of most wickets of any bowler after two ODIs, surpassing the record previously held by Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori.[19][20] He completed the last ODI with 2 wickets and made history by taking 13 wickets in a three-match ODI series.[21][22]

The following month, Mustafizur took 5 wickets in three ODIs to help Bangladesh win the series against South Africa by 2–1.[23] He made his Test debut in the same series versus South Africa where he picked up 4 wickets.[24][25][26][27]

Injury problems[edit]

In the month of November, Bangladesh hosted Zimbabwe for three ODIs and two T20s. Mustafizur played a salient role in the ODI matches, taking a total of 8 wickets.[28] For his performances in 2015, he was named in the World ODI XI by ICC.[29] He was also named in the ODI XI of the year 2015 by ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz.[30] He captured his third five-wicket haul in the last game.[31][32] He could not contribute much in the T20 series, though he bowled economically, which resulted both sides sharing a win.[33] The next year in January, Bangladesh again played with Zimbabwe in four T20s. Mustafizur played in the first two matches, which they won. While bowling in the second T20I against Zimbabwe in January 2016, Mustafizur injured his shoulder. Following that, he was dropped from the squad for the first time since debut.[34][35]

During the Asia Cup held in the next month, he was again sidelined from the team due to his side strain,[36][37] playing only the first three games.[38][39][40][41] He was able to play against Australia, India and New Zealand in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 held in India in March.[42][43][44] He became the first Bangladeshi bowler to grab five wickets in the history of T20 World Cup after taking five wickets for 22 runs against New Zealand.[45] He took total of 9 wickets in three matches in the 2016 edition.[46] He was named as 12th man in the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2016 T20 World Cup by the ICC.[47]

Mustafizur was again unable to play all matches when Bangladesh toured New Zealand during December 2016 and January 2017.[48] He played his first Test match since August 2015 against Sri Lanka at Galle in March 2017, taking eight wickets in the series.

In April 2018, he was one of ten cricketers to be awarded a central contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the 2018 season.[49]

On 29 May 2018, Mustafizur was ruled out of an upcoming three-match T20I series against Afghanistan due to a toe injury.[50]

2019-present[edit]

In April 2019, he was named in Bangladesh's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[51][52] On 5 July 2019, in the match against Pakistan, Mustafizur took his 100th wicket in ODIs.[53] He finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh, with twenty dismissals in eight matches.[54] Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Mustafizur as the rising star of the squad.[55]

In September 2021, he was named in Bangladesh's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[56]

Domestic career[edit]

Bangladesh Premier League[edit]

Mustafizur's first professional Twenty20 career outside international cricket was the Bangladesh Premier League, where he played for Dhaka Dynamites in its 2015 season.[57] He took 14 wickets in 10 matches in that tournament.[58] In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rajshahi Kings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[59] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Rangpur Rangers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[60]

Indian Premier League[edit]

In February 2016, Mustafizur was drafted by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 IPL auction.[61] He took 17 wickets in 16 matches in the tournament[62] where his team won the title.[63] He was named as "Emerging Player of the Tournament",[64] the first overseas player to receive this award.[65]

In December 2016, he was retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 IPL auction.[66][67] He was doubtful about missing the first-leg of the tournament.[68][69]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction.[70] In February 2021, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals from his base price of INR 1.00 crore in the 2021 IPL auction.[71] In February 2022, he was bought by the Delhi Capitals in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament. He played 8 match for Delhi capital and took 8 wicket. [72]

NatWest T20 Blast[edit]

In March 2016, English side Sussex announced that they had signed Mustafizur as their second overseas player for the T20 Blast competition.[73] He picked up four wickets while giving away 23 runs in his debut match against Essex.[74] After another match, he faced a shoulder surgery which sidelined him for six months.[75]

Pakistan Super League[edit]

Mustafizur was selected by Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.[76] The BCB was reluctant to let him play there.[77] However, the issue was resolved when Mustafizur got a shoulder injury in early 2016, thus preventing him from playing in the PSL.[78]

Playing style[edit]

Mustafizur achieved success in the beginning of his international career by bowling off cutters, a type of bowling which moves away (from the right-hander) off of the pitch.[15][79] Mustafizur stated on a press conference in June 2015 that he first discovered the technique after his fellow cricketer, Anamul Haque insisted him to bowl a slower delivery.[5][6] According to former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh, his slower balls are difficult to read.[80]

"Mustafizur has a God-gifted slower ball."

Ashish Nehra[81]

Records and achievements[edit]

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