After trying out at a fast bowling camp and getting admitted into the BCB’s pace foundation in 2012, Mustafizur Rahman successfully worked his way through the ranks to make his international debut in 2015.
A left-arm seamer, Rahman’s first full season in first-class cricket yielded 26 wickets at 19.08 and, when asked by Anamul Haque if he could bow a slower ball, he developed an offcutter which turns savagely while retaining the same carry of a normal seam delivery.
On T20I debut, Rahman took 2-20 and dismissed both Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez; on ODI debut, he won the man-of-the-match award by taking 5-50 against India as he helped his team to a 79-run win. On Test debut, he took 4-37 against South Africa.
Clearly supremely talented, Rahman made it two ODI five-wicket hauls in his first two games and was a key reason why Bangladesh were able to earn their maiden ODI series win over India.
In high demand in the following season’s IPL, Rahman was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad and enjoyed a stint with Sussex in the T20 Blast.
However, despite the tempting T20 riches, Rahman has remained a crucial member of Bangladesh’s side.
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