Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh skipper came out to bat during the first innings of the Test against India when the chips were down. The tourists were under pressure after losing four wickets for 109 runs on the board.
Indian pacers Ishant Sharma and especially Umesh Yadav were bowling sharply, and got the ball to swing late. The spinners came into the game as they managed to extract decent turn consistently. With wickets falling at the other end and his team in danger of following on, Tigers skipper rose to the occasion and lifted his team with a fighting century on the fourth day at Hyderabad.
Mushfiqur’s fifth Test ton, and his second against India defined the character of the leader, a leader who leads from the front. With young Mehedi Hasan Miraz at his side, Mushfiqur dug in and fought tooth and nail to take Bangladesh closer to India’s 687. As a result the hosts were denied a breakthrough in the last session of day three.
Mushfiqur played according to the situation and was determined not to throw his wicket away. His temperament was tested time and time again during his valiant knock of 127 from 262 balls. However, Tigers Test captain passed with flying colours as he did the job for this country and kept the Indian bowlers at bay.
The wicketkeeper batsman smashed 16 fours and two huge sixes in his 127 that gave Bangladesh fans at home and abroad something to cheer about after the Shakib-Mushfiqur stand that produced 107 runs yesterday.