Ritu Moni grieves coach’s death following career-best haul
Muslim Uddin; a very well known figure among the Bangladeshi women cricketers. He is the person who is credited for shaping the career of many of the Bangladesh’s current women cricketers. He is the person who helped many of these women live their dreams.
But he is no more. He passed away on February 10, soon after the Tigresses set foot in Australia for the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.
And his death became a more serious topic of discussion on a day Bangladesh got eliminated from the semifinals contention after conceding a 17-run loss to New Zealand but one of Muslim’s students, Ritu Moni achieved her career-best figure of 4 for 18 – also the best figure so far at the ongoing competition, leaving behind Poonam Yadav’s previous best of 4 for 19.
“I started training under him and I am here today because of him,” said Moni on Saturday following the match against the White Ferns in Melbourne. “He passed away soon after we arrived in Australia for the World Cup. It is a big loss for all of us, considering how he helped so many of us to realise our dream of playing for Bangladesh. He was a great person, and has played a big part in my life.
“We were to play a practice match a few days after his death, and it was quite difficult for me to get over the shock. But I told myself, ‘Muslim sir showed a lot of confidence in me. I must try to do my best in the tournament because it would be the best I can do for him.’ If he were alive today, he would have been able to see this day in my life.”
The 27-year-old cricketer has been representing Bangladesh in the international circuit for nearly eight years. She has so far made 45 international appearances across formats, scoring 292 runs and taking 17 wickets.