- Jun 12, 2019
- AFL Club
Drawn match last night. Bangladesh look the better team here, but not that much better to get result just yet.
Heck of a stand from these two. Geez Mushy is an underrated cricketer
Thought I'd share a post I made on another forum about Mushfiq's somewhat unrepresentative career record. His numbers basically took a significant hit due to debuting years before he was ready. In any other country he probably wouldn't have been near the test team until he was approaching his mid 20s, but we stuck him in the deep end when he was still in Year 10.
Between his debut as a 16 year old at Lords in 2005 and his 21st birthday he played 8 test matches making scores of 19, 3, 2, 9, 9, 80, 11*, 1, 7, 6, 8, 0, 7, 2, 15 and 4. That's 174 runs at an average of 11.6.
During that time he faced the full English battery of Flintoff, Jones, Harmison and Hoggard, followed by a series against Vettori's Kiwis, then two tests against Murali and Vaas's Sri Lankans, and then finally two tests against Steyn, Ntini and Morkel's South Africans. And to be fair, he's rarely faced that sort of quality in the years since.
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He started finding his feet after his 21st birthday in 2008, and since then he's made 5038 runs in nearly 15 years of test cricket at an average of 41.29 while also keeping for two thirds of those matches.
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Since he handed over the gloves to Liton Das in 2015, he's made 1673 runs in 25 matches at an average of 44.02.
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Overall, he's been a fantastic test cricketer for a very long time. It's just a shame he flies under the radar because he plays for Bangladesh.
* numbers defo boosted by his 170 in the ongoing test at Dhaka