Mustafizur fastest Bangladeshi to reach 100 wickets

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DHAKA, July 5, 2019 (BSS)-Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman claimed his 100 wickets in just 54 ODIs, making himself the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to reach the feat.

During the course of his 5-75 against Pakistan at Lord’s on Friday, his second straight five-for in World Cup following 5-59 against India, Mustafizur achieved the feat.

He reached the milestone by dismissing Haris Sohail, his second wicket, with a back of length delivery.

In doing so, he also became the fourth fastest in the world to reach 100 wickets, leaving Australian speedster Brett Lee behind him. Lee reached the milestone of 100 wickets in 55 matches.

Mustfizur indeed joined New Zealand speedster Shane Bond who also reached the milestone in 54 matches.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is the fastest, having reached the 100-wicket landmark in just 44 matches. Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc who is currently the highest wicket-taker in this World Cup
with 24 wickets is second on the list, reaching the milestone in 52 matches. Pakistan’s off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq got there in 53 matches.

Mustafizur needed two wickets to reach the feat and as usually he got those two in the death overs. Indeed all of his five wickets came in this match after 40 overs.

The pacer, adorably called as Fizz, showed his vulnerability with new ball as he didn’t take any wickets in the first 20 overs in this tournament.

He finished the tournament with 20 wickets from eight games and all of his 20 wickets came after 30 overs.

However Mustsfizur Rahman’s inconsistency raised a concern whether he could claim his 100 Wickets in this World Cup but the fast bowler’s epic performance against India in the previous match on July 2 quelled that
tension.

During the course of his 5-59 against India, the second five-for for a Bangladeshi bowler in World Cup after Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur went Past Abdur Razzak’s haul of 13 wickets in a single edition. Razzak created the
record for a Bangladeshi bowler in 2007 World Cup.

By reaching 100 wickets in 54 matches, he also broke the record of Abdur Razzak who was the fastest amongst the Bangladesh bowler to reach 100 wickets
in 69 matches.

Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took his first 100 wickets in 78 matches.