Mushfiqur Rahim became the second Bangladeshi batsman to reach 4000 Test runs. Needing only eight runs to reach the milestone, he got there against West Indies in the Dhaka Test when he cut legspinner Devendra Bishoo off the back foot in the 65th over, reports ESPNCricinfo.
Earlier this year, Tamim Iqbal had become the first to reach the mark in West Indies.
Mushfiqur, who made his debut in 2005 as a precocious 16-year old against England in Lord’s, has built himself as one of the best batsmen in the team, often spoken of in the same breath as Tamim.
He was the first Bangladesh batsman to score a Test double-hundred, against Sri Lanka in
2013, and earlier this month became the first to score two double-hundreds, reclaiming Bangladesh’s highest individual score with his unbeaten 219.
He is the first wicketkeeper to hit two double-hundreds too, and although there’s debate in recent years about his dual role in the side, Mushfiqur has always maintained that he is happy to play as a wicketkeeper.
He has Bangladesh’s best overseas record in Tests too, having scored the most runs as well as the most hundreds.
He has only scored two hundreds at home.
Mushfiqur is already among Bangladesh’s first three batsmen to reach 5,000 ODI runs.
Middle-order batsman Mushfiq has become the second Bangla­deshi to cross the 4000-run mark in Tests.
With 14 off 24 balls, Mushfiq’s total runs in Tests now stand at 4,006. He achieved this landmark in 123 innings, and 66 Tests.
Mushfiq currently holds the record of the highest individual Test score (219 against Zimbabwe in Dhaka in November, 2018) for Bangladesh.
He is the first Bangladeshi to score a double hundred (200 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2013).
So far, Mushfiq has scored six hundreds and 19 fifties for Bangladesh in Tests, and his average is 35.14 in the longest format. Currently, Tamim Iqbal is the highest-scorer for Bangladesh in Tests (4,049 runs in 108 innings, and 56 matches).