Cricket News: ‘I’ve heard people compare me to Bradman,’ says a Bangladesh batter

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Cricket News: Mushfiqur Rahim’s wild celebrations are as well-known as his numerous match-winning runs for Bangladesh. In the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka, the seasoned right-handed hitter, known for speaking his mind, made no attempt to disguise his emotions after becoming the first Bangladesh cricketer to surpass 5000 Test runs. When Mushfiqur fails to score runs, people in Bangladesh ‘compare him to Don Bradman,’ according to Mushfiqur.

“Only in Bangladesh, I have seen that people compare me to Bradman when I score a century, but then when I don’t score runs, I feel like digging a hole for myself. I am one of the senior players so we are not going to be around for long. But this is becoming a culture, so the younger players need the support. If I have to spend so much time tackling these things off the field, our on-field duties get affected,” Mushfiqur said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh took the lead thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim’s patient 105, his eighth in Test cricket. In two years, this was the right-first hander’s three-figure score in the longest format.

With a couple to fine leg off fast bowler Asitha Fernando, Mushfiqur reached the 5000-run mark.

“It is a great feeling to become the first Bangladeshi to reach 5,000 Test runs. But I am sure I am not the last one. There’ll be a lot of capable players among our seniors and juniors who can reach 8,000 or 10,000 runs,” he said.

“My goal (in my debut Test) was to play the second Test (laughs). I didn’t do well in my first Test. Being a ‘keeper-batsman, I always gave priority to Tests. You are judged by how many big hundreds you get in the format. I always wanted to play Tests for a long time so that I can make big achievements as an individual and a team. There’s no limit to success, but I am very happy with my achievement.”

Mushfiqur Rahim scored a century off 270 balls, brushing Asitha Fernando for a fourth boundary past fine leg. In terms of balls faced, it was Mushfiqur’s slowest century.

When questioned about the rivalry with Tamil Iqbal, who also smashed a century, Mushfiqur said he would be delighted if the left-hander broke his mark.

“He (Tamim) knows all these things (records) and he was close. He told me, I couldn’t get there, you did. He congratulated me. I always think that it is a better feeling what your brother, teammate or friend achieves. Records are meant to be broken. I was so happy when Tamim broke my highest individual score. He told me then that within the next two or three years, I will end up breaking his record again. It is a healthy competition, and this is how it should be. We as teammates help each other.”

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