Mashrafe’s century of wickets as ODI captain
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has reached a new milestone with the ball in hand on Sunday during the first ODI match against Zimbabwe at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Mashrafe completed 100 wickets as a 50-over captain, which is a record previously held by only four other cricketers in the 49-year history of one-day cricket.
Mashrafe started the series against Zimbabwe with 98 to his credit while captaining Bangladesh in the 50-over format. And he returned figures of two for 35 from 6.1 overs on Sunday to complete the rare feat.
Mashrafe now belongs to the elite club which also includes Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Imran Khan, South Africa’s Shaun Pollock, and West Indies’ Jason Holder.
Mashrafe, currently standing with exact 100 wickets, has bright chances of going past Jason Holder in this series. The former Caribbean captain had 101 wickets as captain, so the Narail Express is just two wickets shy of toppling him.
Wasim Akram is the highest wicket-taker as an ODI captain. Playing 109 matches as Pakistan skipper, he fetched 158 wickets. Next in line is Shaun Pollock, who needed 97 matches to pick up 134 wickets.
Imran Khan took 131 wickets from 139 matches while Holder got 101 wickets from 86 matches. Mashrafe has also taken 86 matches to reach the 100-wicket milestone.
Mashrafe’s career has been plagued by injuries and his haul of 100 wickets as ODI captain could easily have been bigger if not for the injuries he suffered. Still he should have had the record to his name already during the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales last year, a tournament where Mashrafe returned only one wicket.
In Sunday’s match, Mashrafe reached another big milestone as well, as he completed his 700th career wicket.