Mushfiqur Rahim’s incredible celebrations are as renowned as his many game-dominating knocks for Bangladesh. Yet again the veteran right-handed player, known for talking his heart out, made no endeavors to conceal his sentiments subsequent to turning into the first Bangladesh cricketer to arrive at 5000 Test runs in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka.
Mushfiqur expressed that individuals in Bangladesh now and again ‘compare him with Don Bradman’ when he scores runs but when he doesn’t, things get awful.
Mushfiqur Rahim Talks About Cricket Culture Of Bangladesh
“Only in Bangladesh, I have seen that people compare me to Bradman when I score a century, but then when I don’t score runs, I feel like digging a hole for myself. I am one of the senior players so we are not going to be around for long.
But this is becoming a culture, so the younger players need the support. If I have to spend so much time tackling these things off the field, our on-field duties get affected,” Mushfqur said on Wednesday.
Mushfiqur hit a patient 105, his eighth century in Test cricket to give Bangladesh the lead. This was the right-hander’s first three-figure score in the test format in two years.
Mushfiqur Rahim Happy With His Acheivement
Mushfiqur got to the milestone 5000 runs with a couple towards fine leg off pace bowler Asitha Fernando.
“It is a great feeling to become the first Bangladeshi to reach 5,000 Test runs. But I am sure I am not the last one. There’ll be a lot of capable players among our seniors and juniors who can reach 8,000 or 10,000 runs,” he said.
“My goal (in my debut Test) was to play the second Test (laughs). I didn’t do well in my first Test. Being a ‘keeper-batsman, I always gave priority to Tests. You are judged by how many big hundreds you get in the format.
I always wanted to play Tests for a long time so that I can make big achievements as an individual and a team. There’s no limit to success, but I am very happy with my achievement.”
Mushfiqur assisted Bangladesh with passing Sri Lanka’s aggregate and arrived at his hundred off 270 balls, glancing Asitha Fernando for a boundary through fine leg. It was Mushfiqur’s slowest hundred as far as balls are concerned.
I Would Be Cheerful If Tamim Iqbal Breaks My Record: Mushfiqur Rahim
Whenever got some information about the competition with Tamil Iqbal, who too scored a shining 100, Mushfiqur said he would be cheerful if the left-hander breaks his record.
“He (Tamim) knows all these things (records) and he was close. He told me, I couldn’t get there, you did. He congratulated me. I always think that it is a better feeling what your brother, teammate or friend achieves.
Records are meant to be broken. I was so happy when Tamim broke my highest individual score. He told me then that within next two or three years, I will end up breaking his record again. It is a healthy competition, and this is how it should be. We as teammates help each other.”
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