Following the retirement announcement from Bangladesh’s limited-overs skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in Twenty20 Internationals, the national team Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim on Saturday has effusively praised the fast bowler for uniting and shaping up the team in the recent past when it was struggling before adding he has no able replacement.
“He is not only a player, he is a guardian. No one really fulfill his place regarding his contribution in the development of the team in ODI and T20Is,” Rahim was quoted as saying by bdcrictime.com.
The wicket-keeper batsman Rahim stated it would be a huge loss for the Bangladesh as he has been playing a pivotal role for the Tigers, as a leader and pace bowling spearhead since past many years.
“I don’t have any discontent about my T20 career. I think it is a matter of pride for my family that I have been able to play T20s for the past 10 years. For that reason, I am proud,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
As Bangladesh team reached home, the skipper and players were satisfied with the performances they put in to level the Test, One-day International and Twenty20 series 1-1 against Sri Lanka on 31-day tour.
“He might be the happiest man to watch Bangladesh growing in these formats of cricket in the future,” Rahim said.
Rising to the occasion, Bangladesh under the tutelage of the 29-year-old long format captain Rahim scripted history when they beat Sri Lanka in their overall hundredth Test by four-wicket at P Sara Oval in Colombo before squaring the limited-overs’ series.
While talking to the media gathering after landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the right-handed batsman Rahim expressed his delight over winning the 100th Test while terming the win as ‘incredible’.
“We could not play the first Test well. The way Bangladesh fought back in the second Test was more than incredible. I don’t know whether our team played a Test match under more pressure situations like that” Rahim remarked.
Former cricketers, teammates and youngsters have accoladed the modern-day icon of Bangladesh cricket Mortaza for his services.
The Jessore-born 33-year-old right-arm fast Mortaza had played 54 T20Is in which he had picked 42 wickets.
Rahim, who has played 54 Tests for Bangladesh, has credited the success to team effort as everybody has chipped in which further showed the unit is improved match after another.
“And the way senior and junior cricketers contributed in the match is incredible. It proves Bangladesh is improving as a Test nation. We had to show the cricket world that we could do well in Test even outside home condition,” concluded Rahim.
Since emerging into the international scene in 2005, Rahim has also played 168 ODIs and 59 T20Is for the Tigers.
As on April 1, 2017, Bangladesh is ranked number eighth in ICC ODI Rankings with 3,214 points followed by 9th position in Tests with 1,444 points which has been updated on 29th of March, 2017.