Mashrafe stands on brink of massive milestone
Mashrafe needs just one more win to script 50 ODI victories in the 50-over format, and that could very well come in the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, to be held in Sylhet on Friday (March 6).
After winning the first ODI by a massive margin of 169 runs, Bangladesh narrowly escaped a defeat in the second one, securing a 4-run victory.
With the momentum firmly with the Tigers, and they set eye on a clean sweep, one can assume that the Mashrafe-led side will go all guns blazing to reach the milestone.
Mashrafe first got Bangladesh captaincy in the 50-over format in 2010, and since then he has skippered the side in two stints. The country’s most successful captain has so far led Bangladesh in 87 ODI matches, including the 2015 and 2019 World Cup, winning 49 of them.
Mashrafe is way ahead of the second position holder, Habibul Bashar, who had led the Tigers to 29 wins in 69 games during his tenure from 2004 to 2007.
However, while talking to the media on Wednesday (March 4), Mashrafe tried to downplay the individual achievement he is on verge of.
“Personally, it is nothing special for me but a big achievement for the team for winning these many matches. But is nothing for me if you ask me. The next game will be like any other game. Will have the intention to win,” he said.
However, it’s not the same for others. Tamim Iqbal, who has hit a record 158 in the second ODI, was quite thriller about the milestone.
“It is a big achievement for both Mashrafe and the team. It is not easy to lead the team to 50 victories. It was once unimaginable for any of our captains. It is not only the 50 wins but everything that Mashrafe has done for our country, that will always be remembered,” said Tamim.