Former Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim has completed 13 years of his entrance to Test cricket. The 30-year-old batsman still has a great love for his baggy green Test cap.
Mushfiqur, the 41st Bangladeshi Test cricketer, made his debut against England at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground on this day (May 26) at the young age of 17, the youngest debutant at Lord’s.
He earned a Test call-up after scoring a half-century against Sussex and a hundred (115) against Northamptonshire on that tour. He was picked as secondary wicket-keeper batsman in the squad. He made 19 and 3 in his debut Test.
Since then Mushfiqur has played 60 Tests (34 as captain) till now. He has worn that same cap which he received in all his Test matches. Even though Bangladesh have played less Test matches than other nations, Mushy has a special feeling every time he wears his baggy green.
“We don’t get to play as many Tests as England and Australian players. I would’ve played 130-150 Tests in 12-13 years if we got opportunities like them. Test has a different prestige,” he told Prothom Alo.
“I wear this cap so that I don’t have any regret on playing number of Tests. When I wear this cap, I get a different feeling. The older it gets, gets dirty and scars of sweat, the more I will feel maybe I had done something.”
Former England captain Alastair Cook made his Test debut in 2006, a year later than Mushfiqur. He is currently playing 155th Test match at Lord’s, this 153rd consecutive Test.
“To be honest, nowadays no one gives that respect to Test cricket like Australia and England. It always works on my mind. I aim to hold it’s respect whenever I play a Test match. That’s why the prestige of baggy green is different to me,” Mushfiqur added.
Mushfiqur has scored 3636 runs in 112 innings at an average of 34.96 including five hundreds and 19 half-centuries. He hit Bangladesh’s first double century against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2013.