Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahman has returned to the ground from hospital much to the relief of Bangladesh cricket fans. But the only disappointment for the tough batsman was that he has returned only to see his team struggling to avoid a defeat.
Rahim was rushed to the Wellington Hospital after he was hit by a Tim Southee bouncer on the final day of the opening Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve.
He got the blow on the back of his helmet while he was batting on 13. He fell down the ground where he was initially treated for nearly fifteen minutes before being whisked off in an ambulance.
“He had an X-ray on his neck. The report is good and the doctor will make a decision whether to release him sooner rather than later,” said Bangladesh media manager Rabeed Imam, who travelled with Mushfiqur in the same ambulance, over phone.
Vice-captain Tamim Iqbal, who was on the field while the right-hander was treated, said that Mushfiqur was responding well and would hopefully be all right. But they will be relieved only after a positive scan.
The right-hander came out to bat wearing a cap on his a painful left thumb and took a few blows to his body and gloves, especially from Neil Wagner. However, he stood firm in a desperate situation for Bangladesh before getting that blow.
Mushfiqur actually was the second Bangladesh batsman to have gone to hospital after Imrul, who injured his thigh on the fourth evening. The good news however is that Imrul might be able to come to bat again in the dire situation for Bangladesh in a Test they dominated for four days until that collapse in the second innings.