SYLHET, March 20, 2023 (BSS)- As Bangladesh made another record of highest
total in one-day International cricket in their second match against Ireland,
some of the cricketers also reached individual milestone at Sylhet
International Cricket Stadium today.
Mushfiqur Rahim blasted a 60 ball-century in Bangladesh's 349-6, which is
their highest total now, going past 338-6, a score that they piled up just 48
hours ago in the first match against the same opponent at the same venue.
Mushfiqur's century came in the last ball of the innings when he clipped
Graham Hume deep mid-wicket for a single. He faced just 60 balls to reach the
magical figure and became the fastest centurion by a Bangladeshi batter,
eclipsing his long term colleague Shakib Al Hasan. The talismanic allrounder
Shakib took 63 balls when he reached his century against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo
in 2009. It means Shakib's record were intact for 14 years before Mushfiqur
finally overtook him.
Even though he became the fastest centurion by a Bangladeshi batter, in
overall fastest century list, his name came in 33rd. Overall the fastest
centurion of the world still is South African talisman AB de Villiers who
brought up his century off just 31 balls against West Indies at Johannesburg
During his century, Mushfiqur also reached 7000 runs landmark as only third
Bangladeshi batter after Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. His feat came in
229 innings of 243 matches as he needed 55 runs to touch the milestone before
this match. Tamim brought up his 7000 runs in 204 innings while Shakib needed
Liton Das became the ninth Bangladeshi batter but joint fastest to reach 2000
runs landmark. He reached the milestone in his 65 innings of 65 matches, the
same number of innings that also Shahriar Nafees took. He made 70 runs in the
match but touched the milestone during 55 runs. Overall South African great
Hashim Amla is the fastest one to reach the 2000-run milestone bringing it up
in 40 innings in 41 matches.
Meanwhile, Captain Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladeshi batter to reach
15000 runs milestone in three formats of cricket during his 23 runs against
Ireland in the second ODI. He scored 5082 runs in Test cricket, 8169 in ODIs
and 1758 in T20 Internationals.