Mustafizur Rahman is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is specialized as a left-arm fast-medium bowler. He has taken the most wickets in a debut One Day International series. He is the first player to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award on both Test as well as ODI debuts.
Rahman made his international cricket debut against Pakistan in the Twenty20 format in April 2015. Later that year, he played his first One Day International and Test matches against India and South Africa, respectively.
Before his international career, Rahman played in the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He also represented Dhaka Dynamites in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 Indian Premier League.
Early and personal life
Mustafizur Rahman grew up in the small town of Shatkhira in Khulna, Bangladesh. He is the youngest of Abul Qasem Gazi and Mahmuda Khatun’s six children. His father is an enthusiastic fan of cricket. Rahman’s interest in cricket rose when he started practicing the game 40 kilometers away from home every morning, with his brother Mokhlesur Rahman. This affected his education as he occasionally skipped study to play cricket.
Prior to discovering his bowling talents, Rahman played as a batsman with a tennis ball. According to him, he took inspiration from Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir, who is his idol.
On 15 March 2019, along with several members of the Bangladesh test team, he was moments from entering the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when a terrorist attack began. All members of the team were “deeply affected”. Rahman went on to get married on 22 March, a day after fellow teammate Mehidy Hasan married his fiancee. Rahman’s brother was hopeful that marriage could help him “overcome the shock” of witnessing the attack in New Zealand.
In 2012, Rahman travelled to Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to try out for a fast-bowlers camp. Prior to that, scouters first encountered him in an Under-17 tournament in his hometown. He was admitted to the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s foundation of fast bowling. Soon he was selected to the Bangladesh Under-19 side for the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in UAE, where he took a total of eight wickets.
Rahman started both his First-class cricket and List-A cricket from 2014, representing Khulna Division and Abahani Limited, respectively. He was picked for Bangladesh A’s tour of West Indies.