Mushfiq ends BPL final drought

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:12, Jan 14,2020


Khulna Tigers batsman Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during their Bangladesh Premier League match against Rajshahi Royals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — New Age photo

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has enjoyed many successes with Bangladesh national team over the years both as a cricketer and a skipper and has been instrumental in some of the country’s most famous triumphs in international cricket.

However, the 32-year old could not achieve the desired success in the previous six editions of Bangladesh Premier League as he failed to take his team in the final of any of the previous tournaments.

Mushfiq, a nomad of BPL, has represented a different team in each edition of the tournament, leading six of those with the lone exception being Rajshahi Kings in the 2017 edition, where he played just as a wicketkeeper batsman.

But things can potentially change this year for Mushfiq as he may have the honour of finally winning the country’s premier domestic Twenty20 tournament after his team, Khulna Tigers, became the first team to book a place in the final.

Mushfiq is now all set to play his maiden title-deciding game in the BPL after showing exemplary performances both as a batsman and a skipper in the running season.

Mushfiq, who is the all-time leading run-getter in BPL history with 2253 runs in 84 matches, has scored highest 470 runs so far in the ongoing tournament at an average of 78.33.

Mushfiq also struck four fifties in the tournament and came close to completing his maiden Twenty20 hundred twice only to fall short for four and two runs respectively against Rajshahi Royals and Cumilla Warriors in the league stage.

His sublime batting performance also had positive influence in his team as Khulna finished the league stage at top with eight wins out of their 12 matches and also notched a comfortable win over Rajshahi in the first qualifier to progress to the final.

Mushfiq received praiseworthy words from his team-mates throughout the tournament and all-rounder Robbie Frylinck rated Mushfiq’s captaincy very highly.

‘I was with Mushy [Mushfiq] last year with the Chittagong Vikings. I know his style and I know what he is about. He a man with a wealth of knowledge and his tactics are really really good to each player we play against,’ Frylinck said during an interaction with the reporters on January 9.

‘He gives so much information in our team meetings in terms of plans and stuff like that and also he can be quite calming out in the field as well. You never really see Mushy’s emotions run really high and he keeps everyone grounded. It’s just a pleasure to play under him and I really enjoy it,’ he added.

Mushfiq, earlier in the second edition of the tournament topped the highest run-getter list with 440 runs for Sylhet Royals, but his team couldn’t progress beyond the semi-final stage of that tournament.

Mushfiq played two more play-offs in the BPL–in the first edition for Duronto Rajshahi and the last edition for Chittagong Vikings, only to get knocked out of the tournament on each occasion.

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