Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza equalised Pakistan’s Waqar Younis in a unique list during yesterday’s match against West Indies.
Bangladesh made the finals of the tri-series tournament in Ireland by defeating Windies comfortably by five-wickets with a good all-round showing. Captain Mashrafe led the charge with three wickets in doing so, he became the fourth-highest wicket-taker amongst ODI captains.
Mashrafe has 97 wickets from 75 matches and three wickets will get him into an elite list. Only three ODI players have taken more wickets than him as captains. Pakistan’s pace wizard Wasim Akram, South Africa’s methodical Shaun Pollock and current Pakistan Prime Minister and World-Cup winning captain Imran khan. All three of those aforementioned players have taken over 100 wickets as captains of their respective sides. Wasim has 158 wickets, Pollock has 134 and Imran bagged 131 wickets.
Mashrafe’s career has been plagued by injuries and his haul of 97 wickets could easily have been bigger if not for the injuries he suffered. The way that the Bangladesh captain has so far fared in the tri-series in Ireland -- bagging six wickets in two matches -- the record of 100 wickets as captain can be his before the conclusion of this series.