Bangladesh Veteran Mushfiqur Rahim Retires From T20Is

Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman has announced his retirement from T20 internationals. The decision came after Bangladesh’s early exit from the Asia Cup 2022.

Bangladesh lost both the games against Afghanistan (by 7 wickets) and Sri Lanka (by 2 wickets) in the first stage of the tournament. Mushfiqur Rahiim only managed to score 4 and 1 in those two games. He also dropped a catch of K Mendis which costs the team a loss in a close-fought encounter against Sri Lanka.

Mushfiqur Rahim played his first T20I against Zimbabwe on November 28, 2006, at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium. Since then, he has played 102 T20Is and scored 1500 runs at an average of 19.23 and a strike rate of 115. He scored 6 fifties with the highest score of 72 in T20Is.

Mushfiqur Rahim also did 30 stumpings and took 42 catches in his T20I career.

There were some reports before the Asia Cup 2022 which suggest that Mushfiqur Rahim will be tried in an opening role in the tournament. But the team didn’t go with this approach.

The current form of M.Rahim was not up to the mark. The team management was also looking to drop him from the T20Is. He was rested for Pakistan and Zimbabwe series.

Mushfiqur will play Tests and ODIs

Although, he will continue to play Tests and ODI format and will be available for franchise cricket as well.

Not only for BPL (Bangladesh Premier League), but he will also be available for other leagues in the world if the opportunity arises.

The classy right-hander has been a massive contributor to the team in all three formats. He has played some crucial knocks for Bangladesh in T20Is.

Mushfiqur Rahim has been in the news for various reasons. Sometimes for his aggressive nature toward his own teammates or sometimes for that early celebration against India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. But he is a very good T20 batter and contributed to some of the wins for Bangladesh in T20Is. How can we forget his outstanding innings against India in T20Is, where he hit K Ahmed for fours in the 19th over?

Mushfiqur Rahim announced his retirement news on his Facebook page.

What did Mushfiqur Rahim say?

“Today, I am announcing my retirement from T20 Internationals. I will proudly continue to represent Bangladesh in Test and ODI formats and am hopeful that I can bring success to our nation in these two formats. I will continue to take part in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and other franchise tournaments.”- Mushfiqur Rahim wrote on his official Facebook Page.

Mushfiqur Rahim ODI Stats

The Bangladeshi batter, Mushfiqur Rahim started his ODI career on August 6, 2006, against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. Since then, Mushfiqur Rahim has played 236 ODIs and scored 6774 runs in 221 innings. His average was 36.62 and a strike rate of 79.

He scored 42 fifties and 8 centuries in that period with the highest score of 144 in ODIs.

Mushfiqur Rahim played his last ODI against Zimbabwe as well on August 2022 at Harare Sports Club.

He is currently at No. 22 in the ICC ODI rankings of batsmen.  

Test Stats of Mushfiqur Rahiim

He played his first test on May 26, 2005, against England at Lord’s. Since then, he has played 82 test matches and scored 5235 runs in 152 innings.

His average was 37.66 and a strike rate of 47. He scored 25 fifties and 9 hundred in tests with the highest score of 219, which came against Zimbabwe in November 2018.

He played his last test on May 23. 2022 against Sri Lanka (SL) at Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Mushfiqur Rahim is currently at No. 20 in the ICC Test rankings of batsmen.

We wish him the best for his future projects and we will continue to see him in Tests and ODI cricket.

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