Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has always been among players who is known for his aggressive nature on field. He was at it again on Tuesday when caught making unpleasant comments on the stump-mic during the second ODI against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 125 off 127 balls and helped his team win second ODI and series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. However his century get overshadowed by questionable comments from behind the stumps during Sri Lanka’s run chase.
The incident happened in the 11th over when Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka were facing spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the middle. On the penultimate delivery of the over, Gunathilaka defended the ball, and Nissanka, who was at the non-striker’s end wanted to steal a single. However, Hasan dived towards his right inside the crease and pushed the ball towards a fielder to ensure the batsmen didn’t get a single.
Rahim was heard on the stump mic telling Hasan to push the non-striker down on the ground if he comes in his way. ‘Push him to the ground if he comes in your way,” Rahim can be heard shouting in his native language (Bangla).
As long as the game is concerned, Bangladesh won the match by 103 runs through D/L method. Sri Lanka made 141 for 9 in 40 overs in response to Bangladesh’s 246 all out in 48.1 overs.
Later in the post-match presentation, the diminutive batter spoke in length of his team’s performance and cited the need for youngsters’ to step up when the senior players fail to get going
“I think Tamim [Iqbal] and Shakib [Al Hasan] score regularly and as they had a bad day, players like Liton, Afif and Mossadek should have grabbed the opportunity. If there are seven to eight performers it becomes easy.
They should be more selective with their shot selection and must know when to play a low-risk shot and when to play a high-risk shot. I think they (juniors) need to contribute or else it becomes difficult for us,” Rahim said after the match.