The reason behind Mahmudullah’s unique century gesture

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Mahmudullah celebrating after reaching century. Courtesy: Dhaka Tribune

 

Many were left surprised and guessing after Mahmudullah Riyad put up a rather strange and unique celebration following his brilliant century knock in the match against New Zealand on Friday which saw Bangladesh win the game by 5 wickets and stay alive in the competition. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মাহমুদউল্লাহর সেঞ্চুরি উদযাপনের রহস্য]

Mahmudullah upon reaching his third ODI hundred first bowed down facing the direction of Mecca before indicating something towards the dressing room.

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Mahmudullah displayed an autograph on his bat that was apparently signed by “someone special”.

Initially it was being thought that perhaps Mahmudullah showed it towards someone from the dressing, probably to one of his colleagues who had signed the bat to make it a lucky charm for the all-rounder.

However, what the Tigers cricketer had really indicated was that the historical bat, with which he scored the magnificent undefeated hundred, was signed by his six-year old son, Raeid, who had told father Mahmudullah to play with that particular willow in the multi-nation event.

Mahmudullah played an outstanding knock of 102 not-out in this match to bring up his third ODI ton, and as many in ICC events as well. But more importantly, he combined with Shakib Al Hasan for a record 224-run partnership for the fifth wicket to save his team from 33/4 to all the way to 257, and then finished the match off with five wickets and 16 balls to spare.

 

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com