‘Are you in the Big 6?’

Bangladesh Batsman Mosaddek Hossain in ICC World Cup
Mosaddek Hossain

One performance is usually not enough to change a player, but when that single performance delivers a nation's first silverware in a multi-team event, exceptions cannot be helped but made.

Mosaddek Hossain's inclusion in Bangladesh's World Cup squad raised eyebrows because the 23-year-old last played for the country in the Asia Cup in September 2018, that too with unspectacular results. Moreover, he was not seen as the best fit for Bangladesh's late-over hitting requirements.

Come the final of the tri-series in Dublin against West Indies on May 17, and it was Mosaddek's unbeaten 24-ball 52 that made short work of a stiff chase and gave skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza the first taste of a final triumph.

Yesterday during practice In Leicester, Mosaddek's confidence hike was visible in the way he carried himself and the extra one or two decibels in his utterances. While bowling in the nets, he wanted to have a word with coach Steve Rhodes. Mosaddek motioned him over, but Rhodes waited behind the non-striker's crease, where Mosaddek would have to end up to begin his run-up anyway.

"Now, I have to come to you, you won't come to me because now you are a big player," Rhodes said, before laughing and embracing the young cricketer. "You are a part of the Big Six now, aren't you?"

Of course, that is still a long way off, but Mosaddek can lay claim to doing what Mashrafe, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have so far failed -- acing the final hurdle.


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