'Mashrafe is the like of Imran Khan and Sourav Ganguly' – Aaqib Javed
The year 2014 rendered to be a dark one for Bangladesh cricket – nothing went right for the Tigers in and outside the field. The shadow started forming with being white washed by neighboring super power Sri Lanka in all formats of the game and then a forgettable Asia Cup nullifying with the T20 World Cup later on. (নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ূন)
The phantom rose once again when ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was banned due to personal misconduct and team Bangladesh was in a disarray. The effect shown later on as they were overthrown by a curtailed Indian team at home. The aftermath led to some drastic changes in the team. The highest authority of cricket in Bangladesh installed Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as the new captain in One day and T20 internationals.
The changed particles made the scenario changed for Bangladesh – the Tigers on their way to a success journey, white washed Zimbabwe at home. The confusion of trifle victories against the minor team swept away by big jerks in the World Cup when Bangladesh reached into the quarter final for the first time throwing away England from the first round.
The bewildering story continued – after more than a decade and a half, Bangladesh not only beat Pakistan but white washed them both in one day and T20s, clinched the ODI series against big guns like India and South Africa.
Appraising the wonderful tale of a rising nation, former Pakistani great Aaqib Javed notioned that Mashrafe Bin Mortaza can be compared with great skipper of time like Imran Khan and Sourav Ganguly.
While talking with a private Television channel, Aaqib said, “Mashrafe has changed Bangladesh cricket; under his captaincy there is an enormous turn around in the performance of Bangladesh like what Imran Khan and Sourav Ganguly did for their respective teams. Mashrafe is comparable to those legends.”