During Chandika Hathurusingha’s tenure as Bangladesh national team coach earlier last year, Mahmudullah Riyad’s place in the Tigers squad became uncertain. So much so that he even missed Bangladesh’s historic 100th Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. And he could even miss the Champions Trophy 2017 as well, only if the BCB president did not intervene in time. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ যেখানে কোহলির থেকেও এগিয়ে মাহমুদউল্লাহ, মুশফিক]
But that same man, in the running year, has played the most number of matches for Bangladesh. So far Mahmudullah has played as many as 31 international matches in the red and green jersey, which is one more than the second-highest Mushfiqur Rahim (30). And incidentally, both the Tigers players have got their names in the Top-10 list of most matches played so far in this year.
The list is jointly headed by two English cricketers Johny Bairstow and Jos Buttler. They both played 34 matches so far in 2018. The third and fourth places also belong to two English players, Adil Rashid and Joe Root, having played 33 matches each.
Surprisingly there is no place for either Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma of India in this list. Shikhar Dhawan, overall fifth in the list, has played most number of matches for India this year. He has represented the Men in Blue in 32 matches. Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed has also played equal number of matches.
With 31 matches, the Silent Killer Mahmudullah is at number seven, while 30 matches place the Mr. Dependable Mushfiqur at number nine. So this means Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur are ahead of even Kohli, who has so far played only 25 matches, and even gave the recent Asia Cup 2018 in the UAE a miss as well.