Mushfiqur Rahim became the leading run-scorer in Tests for Bangladesh during the one-off Test between the hosts and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Rahim scored his third career double-century which helped Bangladesh post a mammoth total of 560-6 in the first innings.
The 32-year-old has now scored 4,413 runs in 70 Tests, going past Tamim Iqbal who has scored 4,405 runs in 60 Tests. Suspended Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan has scored 3,862 runs in 56 Tests while former Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar occupies the fourth spot with 3026 runs.
Bangladesh were dealt a huge blow when Shakib al Hasan was hit with a one-year suspension. This made Mushfique Rahim's role as a batsman even more crucial and he seems to have embraced the added responsibility. Moreover, his decision to give up the wicketkeeping gloves in order to prolong his career as a batsman also seems to be bearing fruit.
“It was a difficult decision to make, of course. Playing only as a batsman is always pressure. But at the same time, I can say that the decision is helping me in my batting which can benefit me more in the future," Rahim said after the end of the day's play.
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Rahim's masterful innings helped Bangladesh thrash Zimbabwe by an innings and 106 runs and he was adjudged the Man of the Match for his exploits.