Dinesh Karthik praises Mushfiqur Rahim for completing 5000 Test runs – What he has achieved is phenomenal

Mushfiqur Rahim became the first batter from Bangladesh to score 5000 runs in Test Cricket on Wednesday, May 18. He also scored his 8th century in its purest format.

Mushfiqur Rahim.  Thanks to: Bangladesh Cricket Twitter

Mushfiqur Rahim. Thanks to: Bangladesh Cricket Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Wednesday, Mushfiqur Rahim became the first from Bangladesh to score 5000 test runs
  • Mushfiqur scored 105 runs in the first innings of the Chattogram Test
  • Mushfiqur has scored 8 centuries in his career so far

Veteran Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik praised Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim after he became his country’s first to score 5000 runs in Test cricket. The Bogra native cricketer achieved the feat during the Tigers’ ongoing Test match against Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

Previously, Tamim Iqbal was also in the running to make the 5000 run for Mushfiqur, but he came 19 runs short of the milestone. Mushfiqur scored 105 runs off 282 balls with four fours before Lasith Embuldeniya took the wicket.

Karthik, who currently plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), praised Rahim for being the flag-bearer of cricket in Bangladesh over the years.

CONSISTENT AND PROUD

“For any batter to score 5000 test runs is a fantastic achievement and what he has achieved is phenomenal. When you are a standard-bearer or torch-bearer or the first to act, you are always looked up to and revered and that is certainly the case with Mushfiqur Rahim,” Karthik said in the latest episode of the ICC Review.

“A lot of young people are trying to emulate him in that part of the world and really enjoy him as a player. He has been very consistent and has also scored in Bangladesh and beyond,” he said.

“He has led the country for a long time and has been given a lot of credentials to serve himself well over a long period of time, so I think he can be very proud of himself,” Karthik added.

After Rahim’s century, Bangladesh amassed a significant lead of 68 runs after completion of the first innings. In 81 Tests to date, the 34-year-old has scored 5037 runs at an average of 36.50 with eight centuries and 25 half-centuries.

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