Bangladesh star Mushfiqur Rahim has claimed he is compared with the legendary Don Bradman by his compatriots for his exploits on the cricket field. Mushfiqur has been one of Bangladesh’s batting mainstays across formats for more than a decade now. Earlier this week, he became the first batsman from Bangladesh to breach the 5000-run mark in Tests. He achieved the feat during his fine 105-run knock against Sri Lanka in the first Test.
Mushfiqur’s century, however, could not propel his country to a famous Test win. Sri Lanka managed to put up a good fight in the second innings to escape with a draw. Batting first, the Islanders scored 397 runs in the first innings. In reply, Bangladesh put up a good show with the bat thanks to centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur as they scored 465. In the second innings, Sri Lanka scored 260 for 6 as the game eventually ended in a tame draw.
Speaking at the end of the Test, Mushfiqur expressed his delight over becoming the first Bangladesh player to score 5000 Test runs. He also hoped that his junior teammate would go on to break his record. Mushfiqur then went on to state that people in Bangladesh compare him with Don Bradman, arguably the greatest batsman of all time.
“It’s a nice feat to get finally. But it’s not the end. I hope the legacy will be continued. I believe there are junior players, like Mahmudul Hasan, will get 8,000 or 10,000 test runs in future.
“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,” he said.
The second and final Test match of the series will get underway on May 23 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.