Mushfiqur Rahim is a Bangladeshi cricketer who was born on June 9, 1987, in Bogra, Bangladesh. He is a wicketkeeper and a right-handed middle order batsman.
Rahim started his career by playing for Bangladesh U19 in both youth ODIs and tests. He was also the captain of Bangladesh U19 during 2006 ICC U19 World Cup, which included players like Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. His captaincy led Bangladesh to the quarterfinals of that tournament.
Rahim made his international debut in his late teens on May 26, 2005, at the Lord’s, when he was part of the Bangladesh side that toured England for the first time. He was selected as a specialist batsman with the presence of Khaled Mashud as the prior wicketkeeper. He scored 19 in his maiden inning but could not play rest of the series due to an ankle injury.
He played his maiden ODI against Zimbabwe August 6, 2006, at Harare where he scored his maiden half century. His good performances made him a regular part of the team not only as a batsman but wicket keeper also.
Later that year, Rahim made his T20 international debut also against Zimbabwe only on 28 November 2006 at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
Rise to Glory
In 2007, Rahim and the then Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful had a record sixth wicket partnership of 191 runs against Sri Lanka.
After scoring few fifties, he was chosen as the vice-captain of Bangladesh. His versatile and consistent batting performance helped him to become a regular member of Bangladesh team and also, he became the number one choice of wicket-keeper.
After the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh toured Pakistan for ODI series where Rahim lost his place to Dhiman Ghosh. Rahim was performing against Asian teams but was not successful against teams like South Africa and England.
In 2012, Rahim was the ‘icon player’ for Duronto Rajshahi in Bangladesh Premier League. His team went to semi-final. He scored 234 runs in 11 matches in that tournament.
In 2011, Rahim became the captain of Bangladesh cricket team during the West Indies tour. He was the Man of the Match in his first match as captain. He won the T20 series for his team but lost the ODIs. His central contract kept on rising from B to A and later to A+. In 2014, Mushfiqur lost his captaincy to Mashrafe Mortaza.
In 2017, Rahim became the first wicketkeeper for Bangladesh to take 100 dismissals. In the same year, he also became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to score a century against South Africa in any format.