Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

Updated: Sep 06, 2019, 10:44 | Rahul Ramakrishnan
  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. He is specialized as a left-arm fast bowler. He has taken the most wickets (13) in a debut One Day International series. He is the first player to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award on both Test as well as ODI debuts

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman having a light moment with a fellow Bangladeshi cricketer

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman grew up in the small town of Shatkhira in Khulna Division, Bangladesh. He is the youngest of Abul Qasem Gazi and Mahmuda Khatun's six children. His father is an enthusiastic fan of cricket. Rahman's interest in cricket rose when he started practicing the game 40 kilometers away from home every morning, with his brother Mokhlesur Rahman. This affected his education as he occasionally skipped studies to play cricket

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman and friends posing witheirier 'catch', post a fishing expedition

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Prior to discovering his bowling talents, Mustafizur Rahman played as a batsman with a tennis ball. According to him, he took inspiration from Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir, who is his idol

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with Sachin Tendulkar

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In 2012, Mustafizur Rahman came to the capital Dhaka to try out for a fast-bowlers camp. Prior to that, scouters first encountered him in an Under-17 tournament in his hometown. He was selected in the Bangladesh Cricket Board's foundation of fast bowling. Soon he was selected to the Bangladesh Under-19 side for the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in UAE, where he took a total of eight wickets

    In pic: VVS Laxman smearing cake on Mustafizur Rahman during the IPL 

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman started both his First-class cricket and List-A cricket from 2014, representing Khulna Division and Abahani Limited, respectively. He was picked for Bangladesh A's tour of West Indies later

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with his mother

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman made his international cricket debut against Pakistan in the Twenty20 format in April 2015. Later that year, he played his first One Day International and Test matches against India and South Africa, respectively

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with his brothers and their children

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Before his international career, Mustafizur Rahman played in the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He also represented Dhaka Dynamites in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 Indian Premier League

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with family members

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman began his international career in a T20 match against Pakistan on 24 April 2015, where he took the wickets of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez, two veteran Pakistani batsmen

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman playing snooker with his friends

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In June, 2015, India toured Bangladesh for one Test and three One Day Internationals. Mustafizur Rahman was picked in the ODI squad. In his first match of the series, Rahman gave signs of his potential against the strong Indian batting line-up by taking a five-wicket haul off 9.2 overs in the first match. Bangladesh won the match and Rahman became the tenth bowler in the history of ODIs to take five wickets on debut. In the second ODI, Rahman took another six wickets. This helped him to earn the record of most wickets of any bowler after two ODIs, surpassing the record previously held by Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori. He completed the last ODI with 2 wickets and made history by taking 13 wickets in a three-match ODI series

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman enjoying a karting session with fellow Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketers during the IPL

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In July, 2015, Rahman took 5 wickets in three ODIs to help Bangladesh win the series against South Africa by 2–1. He made his Test debut in the same series versus South Africa where he picked up 4 wickets

    In pic: Mustafizur playing volleyball in a swimming pool with friends

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In the month of November, 2015, Bangladesh hosted Zimbabwe for three ODIs and two T20s. Rahman played a salient role in the ODI matches, taking a total of 8 wickets. He captured his third five-wicket haul in the last game. He could not contribute much in the T20 series, though he bowled economically, which resulted in both sides sharing a win. The next year in January, Bangladesh again played with Zimbabwe in four T20s. Rahman played in the first two matches, which they won. While bowling in the second T20I against Zimbabwe in January 2016, Mustafizur injured his shoulder. Following that, he was dropped from the squad for the first time since his debut

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with his family during an outing

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In the following Asia Cup, Mustafizur Rahman was again sidelined from the team due to his side strain, playing only the first three games. He was able to play against Australia, India and New Zealand in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 held in India in March. He became the first Bangladeshi bowler to grab five wickets in the history of T20 World Cup after taking five wickets for 22 runs against New Zealand. He took a total of 9 wickets in three matches in the 2016 edition

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman enjoying a dinner date with fellow Bangladesh cricketers

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman was again unable to play all matches when Bangladesh toured New Zealand during December 2016 and January 2017. He played his first Test match since August 2015 against Sri Lanka at Galle in March 2017, taking eight wickets in the series

    In pic: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with Mustafizur Rahman at an awards ceremony

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In April 2018, he was one of ten cricketers to be awarded a central contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the 2018 season

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with his grandmother

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman has also had a stellar career in domestic T20 leagues. Mustafizur Rahman's first professional Twenty20 career outside international cricket was the Bangladesh Premier League, where he played for Dhaka Dynamites in its 2015 season. He took 14 wickets in 10 matches in that tournament

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with fellow Bangladesh cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In the Indian Premier League auction of the 2016 season, Mustafizur Rahman was drafted by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He took 17 wickets in 16 matches in the tournament (48) where his team won the title( 49). He was named as "Emerging Player of the Tournament", being the first overseas player to receive this award

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with a friend

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Due to his consistent performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad in preceeding IPL seasons, in January 2018, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with Mashrafe Mortaza

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In March 2016, English side Sussex announced that they had signed Mustafizur Rahman as their second overseas player for the T20 Blast competition. He picked up four wickets while giving away 23 runs in his debut match against Essex. After another match, he faced a shoulder surgery which sidelined him for six months

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman was also selected by Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. The BCB was reluctant to let him play there. However, the issue was resolved when Rahman got a shoulder injury in early 2016, thus preventing him from playing in the PSL

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with his childhood friends

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Lets take a look at a few records and achievements, Mustafizur Rahman as amassed in his young career so far. 

    Mustafizur Rahman became the tenth bowler to take a five-wicket haul on ODI debut. He achieved the records of taking the most wickets (11) as well as the fourth player to be awarded Man of the match in the first two starting ODI matches.

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with a few young fans

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    Mustafizur Rahman took 13 wickets in a three-match bilateral ODI series, which is the highest as of 2017. He is the first player to win Man of the Match awards on both Test and ODI debuts. The governing body of cricket, the International Cricket Council, included Rahman on the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2015, recognizing him as one of the top cricketers of that year. He is the first Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve this and the second to be selected for any ICC team after Shakib Al Hasan. In December 2016, he was named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year, becoming the first Bangladeshi player to win one of the ICC's annual awards. Rahman was also included as the 12th man in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Men's Team of the Tournament.

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman shared an image of himself on the hospital bed after an injury

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In another achievement for the young pacer, on January 27, 2018, Mustafizur took his 50th ODI wicket in a tri-series final against Sri Lanka by bowling Upul Tharanga, becoming the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to 50 ODI wickets in 27 matches

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with Mashrafe Mortaza

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  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman lives the simple life off-field

    In pic: Mustafizur Rahman with Mumbai Indians' player and staff, including Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga and Mahela Jayawardene amongst others

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    Mustafizur Rahman shared this picture on Mother's Day. He captioned, "My mother is the pioneer of all of successes and who I am today it is possible only for her. Happy Mothers' day to all the mothers"

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Mustafizur Rahman maybe one of Bangladesh's best fast bowlers and one of the most exciting young cricketers on the world stage right now, but he lives the simple life off the cricket pitch. As he turns 24 years old today, take a look at pictures of Mustafizur with his family and friends (Images courtesy/Mustafizur Rahman Instagram)

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