Mujeeb Ur Rahman also known as Mujeeb Zadran, is an Afghan cricketer. He is the first male to play international cricket who was born in the 21st century.
Mujeeb developed an interest in the game while watching the 2012 World T20. Unlike most of his compatriots in the war-ravaged country, Mujeeb was blessed with his own private practicing facilities and he fully cashed on it. He watched videos of Ajantha Mendis and attended his first cousin’s (Noor Ali Zadran who is also a Afghan cricket) cricket academy to hone his skills. He soon added several variations to his armoury and was fast-tracked to the national team.
He represented Afghanistan at the highest level at the tender age of 16. So far, he has not been bogged down by the expectations and has done exceedingly well. He played a vital role in thrashing Bangladesh Under-19 3-1 in their own backyard, in one of his first international assignments. He picked up eight wickets in the first three games of that series and nearly doubled his tally during the course of a nine-over spell in which he took 7 for 19, the joint second-best best bowling figures in all Youth ODIs. It helped his side defend a modest 133. Mujeeb went on to pick up 17 wickets in the series, the most by a bowler in a bilateral Youth ODI series.
In the subsequent Asia Cup,he picked 20 wickets in 5 games, including game-changing performances in the semi-final and final. His performance helped Afghanistan won a historic Asia Cup. His performance in the Under-19 World Cup where Afghanistan made it to the semifinal paved the way his maiden IPL contract from Kings XI Punjab in January 2018
Kings XI shelled out a whopping INR 4 crore to secure his services. He went on to justify their faith with an impressive debut. He picked up 2 wickets on his debut against Delhi Daredevils. In the following game, he castled Virat Kohli with his trademark googly that spun miles, leaving arguably the best batsman in the world shell-shocked.
Records and achievements:
- First male to play international cricket who was born in the 21st century.
- Youngest male player to take a five-wicket haul in ODIs.
- Holds the record of most wickets (17) by a bowler in a bilateral Youth ODI series.