Mushfiqur Rahim On His T20 Retirement: Has “No Regrets”

Mushfiqur Rahim about his T20 retirement: Has “No Regrets” of quitting T20Is early

Bangladeshi star batsman Mushfiqur Rahim about his T20 retirement opens up in a press conference following the Fortune Barishal’s 6-wicket win against Rangpur Riders in Qualifier 2 of the ongoing BPL 2024 tournament. He had to skip a few questions due to lack of time.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s steady knock of *47 runs from 38 balls, along with David Miller’s *22 runs from 18 balls safely guided his team to chase the target by scoring 152 runs in 18.4 overs. As a result, Fortune Barishal won by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare to advance into the finals. The BPL 2024 finals take place on 01st March 2024 with the intense clash between Comilla Victorians and Fortune Barishal.

During the press conference, Mushfiqur Rahim about his T20 retirement added a twist to his story. Consequently, fans raised a million-dollar question “Was Mushfiqur forced to retire from T20 internationals?”

Especially, after his priceless knock under pressure in the Qualifier 2 round, the reporters were keen to know about his T20 career.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim announced his retirement from T20Is after the Asia Cup 2022 in September. At that time, many people criticized his inconsistency in the format and questioned him about his position in the shortest format. On the other side, the Bangladesh cricket team were preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Mushfiqur Rahim played his last T20I match in the Asia Cup 2022 against Sri Lanka. He concluded his T20 international career with 1,500 runs in 93 innings and a strike rate of 114.94.

Mushfiqur Rahim about his T20 retirement: Hints the reason he quits the T20I format

One of the reporters asked whether Mushfiqur Rahim about his T20 retirement has any regretting feel. The 36-year-old right-handed batsman with a smile started to reply:

“ Not at all! No Regrets! I mean, what is there to regret? You’re saying that my game senses and performance is good particularly when I played well today. But no one had said that before (says with a smile).

I want to ask an important question to all of you. Did I retire from T20 internationals?  Have I taken this decision on my own will? Just take a glance at that before when I retired from T20Is. Apart from that, I have nothing much to discuss.

From his above statement, Mushfiqur indirectly pointed out that he was forced to quit the T20I format, and it wasn’t his own choice.

Mushfiqur Rahim gives another perfect reply to critics

Furthermore, Mushfiqur Rahim gives a counterattacking reply to the critics who questioned Fortune Barishal’s recruitment of aged players like Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah:

“ There is another issue I wanted to clarify. At the commencement of the contest, most of them said that Fortune Barishal has a bunch of aged guys. Moreover, they criticized that T20 cannot be played only with experience. But, their concept is completely wrong. This is because every format of the game requires experience and holds a significant value.

It doesn’t motivate me when criticized about my age and I feel disappointed about it. I can challenge you that the young talents in front of me cannot even be near me from the fitness point of view.

What is your fitness criterion? Is it age or performance? I feel age is just a number as fitness and performance should be considered. If age is the main consideration, then players like Jimmy Anderson would be rare in cricket.

Mainly, I don’t play to prove myself to anyone and those who have selected me. I am thankful to my captain Tamim Iqbal and the owner of Fortune Barishal.”

The Fortune Barishal’s wicket-keeper cum batsman feels confident about playing cricket in the upcoming years, regardless of the ageing factor.

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Mushfiqur Rahim’s Performance in BPL 2024

Mushfiqur Rahim has consistently performed in the BPL 2024. He ranks as the 5th highest run scorer of the ongoing Season 10 of Bangladesh Premier League.

Notably, Mushfiqur scored 366 runs in 14 matches with a strike rate of 123.23. Once again, he proved his reliability as a middle-order batsman by maintaining an average of 33.27 and showed tremendous performance against these teams:

  • Khulna Tigers: 68 runs from 39 balls (including 5 fours and 4 sixes)
  • Comilla Victorians: 62 runs from 44 balls (including 6 fours and 2 sixes)
  • Sylhet Strikers: 52 runs from 32 balls ( including 3 fours and 3 sixes)
  • Rangpur Riders (Qualifier 2): 47 runs from 38 balls (including 6 fours and 1 six)

Based on these performances, the biggest question that arises “ Has Mushfiqur Rahim about his T20 retirement taken an early decision despite having more to contribute to his team in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024?” 

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