5 players who can take over the Bangladesh ODI captaincy from Mashrafe Mortaza
It is very difficult to replace players like Mashrafe.
Updated - Apr 26, 2019 10:55 am
One can really call it an unfortunate thing that sporting achievements are only measured by numbers and records. This is the reason why it will be very difficult to analyze Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s contribution and influence in a cricket crazy country like Bangladesh. What MS Dhoni is for India is Mashrafe for Bangladesh.
As a player Mortaza has taken 78, 259 and 42 wickets in Tests, ODI and Twenty 20 while he has scored 797, 1,752 and 377 runs in the same order. The numbers are not too fancy. However, still, Mashrafe is the most iconic cricketer in the country despite not being a global star like Shakib Al Hasan or Mustafizur Rahman. He is the most successful Bangladesh skipper in the ODI format with 40 wins from 73 matches with a winning percentage over 50.
He has always given his best despite being injury prone throughout his career. Just like all the good things come to an end one day. Similarly, there is not much time left when Mashrafe will hang his boots. So, we look at 5 possible options who can replace Mashrafe Mortaza as the Bangladesh captain.
When we go to the flashback moments, almost every cricket lover remembers the match in the 2007 World Cup when a young Tamim Iqbal went berserk against the Indians and smashed Zaheer Khan over his head stepping out of the crease. Seeing that particular knock, people had an idea that the boy would do something special and he did not disappoint them by any means.
The attacking left-handed batsman has more than 6,000 ODI runs in 189 matches and he holds the record for maximum ODI runs for Bangladesh. Tamim has captained the Duronto Rajshahi, Chittagong Vikings and Comilla Victorians in Bangladesh Premier League. His imposing personality makes him a suitable candidate to replace Mashrafe Mortaza in future as a leader.