Razzak climbs the pedestal of records
Playing 100th first-class match and picking up a five-wicket haul in that match itself is a great achievement for any Bangladeshi player. But Abdur Razzak, one of the best spinners of all-time in the history of Bangladeshi cricket, reached two more milestones in the same match, that too as the first Bangladeshi, to make the occasion forever memorable.
On his way to the fifer on his 100th first-class match, Razzak became first Bangladeshi cricketer to have picked up 450 wickets in first-class cricket, and overall 900 wickets across the three recognized formats of the game (first-class, List ‘A’ and T20).
In 100 first-class matches, Razzak now has 451 wickets to his name with the help of as many as 27 fifers. It all started back in the season 2001-02. Razzak made debut on behalf of Khulna Division against Sylhet Division. In that match, Razzak hunted his first wicket in the form of Rajin Saleh and also went on to get his career’s first five-wicket haul.
Since then, Razzak got 26 more five-wicket hauls, last of which came in the first round of the ongoing Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) longer version. Only Enamul Haque (Jr) has more fifers than Razzak; the hero of Bangladesh’s first Test victory has 30 fifers. However, Razzak is ahead of Enamul in terms of 10-wicket hauls in a match. While Razzak has done it 10 times, Enamul only 8 times.
The 34-year-old also has 354 wickets in 243 List ‘A’ matches and 95 wickets in 85 T20 matches.
-Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com