Shakib, Mashrafe and Mushfiqur in ESPN World Fame 100
Among all the sportsman in the world, Bangladesh’s famous trio have been named in the top 100 for the very first time. ESPN World Fame 100 is decided by judging three criteria: an athlete’s social media following, their Google Trend score and the amount of money that they bring in through endorsement deals.
Portuguese and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the world’s most famous sporting icon for the fourth time in a row.
Meanwhile, Shakib has been ranked 90th, Mushfiqur 92nd and the ODI captain Mashrafe 98th.
The Shakib Al Hasan moment that stormed the social media:
With Bangladesh’s hope of advancing to the final of the Nidashas Trophy hanging by a thread, skipper Shakib Al Hasan stormed over to the umpire to dispute a call. He even threatened to call his batsman off the field, essentially refusing to play. Fortunately for Bangladesh, he decided to against it and the team went onto win a nail-biter.
Shakib’s statement after that incident: “Whatever I do, I do it from my heart. A cricket match is full of emotions surprises and excitement, and that’s the beauty of this game.”
The Mushfiqur Rahim moment that stormed the social media:
After helping Bangladesh to chase down a mammoth score of 214 runs against Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy, Mushfiqur broke into a cobra dance known in South Asia as the Nagin Dance.
Mushfiqur’s statement after that celebration: “It wasn’t preplanned. It was just something I did suddenly. You can see from the celebration how badly we needed the win and when we got it I just broke into the dance.”
The Mashrafe Bin Mortaza moment that stormed the social media:
Over the past decade, Mashrafe has become synonymous with Bangladeshi cricket. With his warm personality and steller bowling, he has helped transform Bangladesh into a serious contender on the International circuit. In September, he led Bangladesh to the final of the Asia Cup where it came within three wickets of beating the seven-time champion India.
Mashrafe’s statement about his leadership: “I never planned ahead for anything in my life – not for my exams, not when I had to buy clothes for an occasion. I always do things at the last moment. So when I got the captaincy, I kept doing what I always did. I never thought about success, failure, future or past.”