Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh
An absolute livewire behind the stumps, Mushfiqur Rahim, fits the clichéd description of wicket-keepers aptly. He is short, very quick behind the stumps, always chuntering away and a handy batsman as well. He was initially picked as an understudy to Khaled Mashud for the tour of England in 2005, but as he impressed everyone with his competence with the bat in the tour games, he was made to play as a specialist batsman in the first Test at the age of 16. He thus became the youngest player to play at Lord’s. An ankle injury forced him out of the side for a while before being recalled to the side for the tour of Zimbabwe in 2006. His consistent performances saw him pip Mashud as the first choice wicket-keeper for the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. He was soon a part of the Test squad, too, and sealed his spot with a 80 against Sri Lanka in only his third Test.
He continued to make consistent contributions down the order with the bat and was more than competent as a keeper for Bangladesh’s spin dominated attack. His moment of fame came in 2010 in a Test against India. He scored a quickfire century, the quickest by any Bangladeshi, and impressed many people with his sound technique. It did not help Bangladesh save defeat, but it certainly put him in the limelight. In fact, Bangladesh look up to him, and a few other talented youngsters, to take them forward.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board then launched the six-team BPL in 2012. The BCB made Mushfiqur the ‘Icon Player’ for Duronto Rajshahi. Under his leadership, Duronto overcame a poor start to progress to the semi-finals, where they lost to Barisal Burners. Rahim scored 234 runs from 11 matches in that season. In the 2012 Asia Cup, under Rahim’s captaincy, Bangladesh won two out of the three games they played and reached the final for the first time, where they lost to Pakistan. In April, his grade A+ central contract was renewed. On 11th March 2013, during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, Rahim became the first Bangladeshi to score a double hundred, bettering the previous highest of 190 set by Mohammed Ashraful, earlier in the day.
On May 8, 2013, Mushfiqur resigned from captaincy, but a few days later, announced that he had made a mistake and on July 3, 2013, the BCB said that they would be retaining Rahim as captain until the end of the year. Rahim had an outstanding home series against New Zealand in October and in November 2013, his team drew the first two Tests, won all the three ODIs and lost the only T20I match.
He scored his second ODl century against India in the beginning of the 2014 Asia Cup, but struggled in that match with an injury. Rahim continued to play in the next match against Afghanistan, but the hosts lost the match by 32 runs which was a great disappointment for him and his team. He captained his side in the 2014 World T20, being the hosts, they could not live up to the expectations of the fans as they lost all their matches after qualifying for the main tournament.
Bangladesh toured West Indies in August 2014 and were not able to win a single game. However, Rahim showed his worth by scoring his third Test ton. In September 2014, it was announced that Mashrafe Mortaza will be taking over the ODI captaincy while Rahim continue to be the skipper for the longer format. In the home series that followed, he was the leading run-scorer in ODIs, amassing 213 runs in five matches, including two half-centuries. He was also named the Man of the Series for the tournament. Source