Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim or Musfiq is a Bangladeshi cricketer and the captain of his national team. He made his Test debut in 2005, at the age of 16. Rahim trained at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports. At the next year he made his ODI debut. At the end of 2011 he was given the captain of his national side.
In November 2018, during the second Test against Zimbabwe, he became the first wicket-keeper to score two double centuries in Tests. He finished his innings on 219 not out, the highest individual score by a Bangladesh batsman in Test cricket. He faced 421 balls and spent 589 minutes at the crease during the innings, a record for a Bangladesh batsman in a Test innings. Later the same month, against the West Indies, he became the second batsman for Bangladesh to score 4,000 runs in Tests. He holds the record for highest score by a test Bangladesh batsman.
Mushfiqur Rahim was born on 9 June 1987 in Bogra, Bangladesh. His parents are Mahbub Habib and Rahima Khatun. He finished his secondary schooling at Bogra Zilla School. In between playing cricket, he studied history at the Jahangirnagar University. He sat his master’s degree examinations in 2012. Rahim is a fan of Spanish football team FC Barcelona.
Before playing for the national team, Rahim played for Bangladesh Under-19s. He represented them in three Youth Tests and 18 Youth One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 2004 and 2006, averaging 31.75 and 36.00 with the bat in the respective formats. Rahim trained at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports.
Domestic and T20 franchise career
In December 2010, Rahim recorded his best score in a one-day match. Playing for Rajshahi in the National Cricket League, he scored 114 from 120 deliveries as his team lost by 8 runs.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. The BCB made Mushfiq the ‘icon player’ for Duronto Rajshahi. Under his leadership Duronto overcame a weak start to progress to the semi-finals where they lost to Barisal Burners; Rahim contributed 234 runs from 11 matches.
In September 2018, he was named in Nangarhar’s squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.
In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Chittagong Vikings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. He was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament, with 426 runs in thirteen matches.
Rahim was selected for Bangladesh’s tour of England in 2005. It was Bangladesh’s first tour of England, where they faced unfamiliar conditions and the batsmen struggled against seam bowling and uneven bounce throughout the series. Mushfiqur adapted his batting style in the warm up matches, “consistently playing late and straight” according to Wisden, and managed to score 63 against Sussex and scored 115 not out against Northamptonshire in the warm up matches.
Profile of Mushfiq
- Birth Date: May 9, 1988
- Birth Place: Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Height: 5′ 3″
- Test debut (cap 41): 26 May 2005 v England
- Spouse: Jannatul Kifayet (m. 2014)
- ODI debut (cap 86): 6 August 2006 v Zimbabwe
- Last ODI: 26 December 2016 v New Zealand