Happy Birthday ‘Narail Express’
Published: 01:00 PM, 5 October 2021
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, also known as the ‘Narail Express’, the most successful captain of the Bangladesh ODI Cricket team, has turned 39 today.
Born in Narail district on October 5, 1983, Mashrafe broke into the national side in 2001 against Zimbabwe and became a sensation immediately. He was then arguably the fastest bowler for the country.
Later, through the turmoil of an injury-prone career, he established himself as the leading bowler for Bangladesh. The injury caused him to miss out on playing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Mashrafe, popularly known as the Narail Express, is one of the most successful captains ever in the history of Bangladesh cricket and has led the side to many heroic victories under his tenure. Mashrafe was also the former T-20 captain.
He joined active politics before saying goodbye to cricket and contested in the parliamentary elections. He won the election and was elected as a Member of Parliament from his native Narail-2 constituency.
Mashrafe, who made his debut in 2001, has not yet left international cricket. Mash has played only 36 Tests in his 19-year career due to injury. Mashrafe, who last played in Tests in 2009, has taken 78 wickets in this format.
Mashrafe has taken 270 wickets in 220 ODIs and 42 wickets in 54 T20s. The right-arm pacer is the fifth bowler to take 100 wickets in ODIs as captain.