Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim completes 5000 runs in one-day cricket

Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim completed 5,000 runs in one-day internationals. He became the third player from Bangladesh to achieve this milestone. He was able to reach the milestone during the Super 4 game against Afghanistan.

Before the start of the game, Mushfiqur Rahim was just seven runs short of the landmark. He eventually went on to score 33 runs in the game to help Bangladesh eke out a close win.

Mushfiqur Rahim has played a key role in Bangladesh’s rise in limited-overs cricket. Since Cricket World Cup 2015 hosted by Australia and New Zealand, Bangladesh have notched up series victories over India, Pakistan and South Africa at home.

Since April 2015, Mushfiqur Rahim has been a consistent performer for Bangladesh in the batting department. He has scored 1679 runs in 46 games at an average of 46.63 with four centuries to his name. Rahim has been Bangladesh’s most bankable batsman after Tamim Iqbal in limited overs cricket.

Former Bangladesh Captain reached 5000 runs in 190 matches while Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal achieved the milestone in just 158 games during a one-day game played in 2016. The third player was Shakib Al Hasan, who accomplished this feat in his 168th game for Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal is the leading run scorer for Bangladesh in limited-overs cricket with 6307 runs.

The 31-year old has played a lot of international cricket and is the most capped player for Bangladesh after Shakib Al Hasan and Captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

Left-handed batsman Imrul Kayes, who was named as a replacement for Tamim in Bangladesh’s squad also completed 2000 runs in limited-overs cricket. He produced unbeaten 72 runs and also became the eighth player from Bangladesh to complete 2000 runs in one-day cricket.

Kayes put in a splendid performance in his comeback into the one-day side. He his last appearance for Bangladesh in a one-day game was in October 2017. The 31-year-old completed this feat in just 71 games.