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Rabz
March 11, 2013, 01:50 PM
Congrats Mushfiq.
You have done yourself, the fans and the country proud.

Could not be more happier that it came from none other than the captain himself. This is called leading from the front and will certainly inspire the rest of the team members to follow suit.

But the most important aspect of this double ton will be its lasting legacy and his consolidation of respect and authority within the team dynamics.

When he was handed the leadership role on the merry go round phase, it was his turn to sail the broken ship to a safe shore.He was a good, honest hard working man who is loved by all, part due to his no-jhamela approach and part due to his cute boyish good looks. But there's always this question of respect and authority within the his own team members, one very important factor which could either make or break any team, unity.

Lets face it, he wasnt the most flamboyant Tamim of the Khan family, nor talented Mr Ashraful, Shakib the Superman, neither the Pagla Mash. In other words, he was never the best batsman, bowler, fielder or allrounder of the team. He was this bits and pieces cricketer who would score 30-40 runs, keep decent and chatter a lot. As time passed, he became this pocket dynamite who could, sometimes, punch a few over his weight.

But it takes more than that to earn your peer's respect and keep the heavyweights in check and under control. With this record breaking, history making innings, he has just ensured that. Under his leadership, the team has reached new heights and he has gone where no Bangladeshi have been before.

Now when he tells Tamim to go play a big knock, he wouldnt have to hear "what would you know of big knocks mate ? How many you have ? I atleast have a blistering 150 something. You know who my uncle is ? You wanna see my fingers ? ". Shakib can't tell him "Don't tell me what to do, you know who am I ? Ash can't tell him, "You know what, If I sing, the whole world dances with me, its just that I have a soar throat every other day".

Don't get me wrong folks. I'm not accusing any of these players of any misdoing, I'm just giving examples of how it is tough for him or anyone in his position to tell the heavyweights what to do. Now he can command authority and demand respect from his team members and keep everyone under his wings, just as a true leader would do.

Without being the best or the most fancied, he has achieved feat which will only inspire the "best"s in the team to challenge themselves and follow their leader's footsteps. His unifying ability was already evident with the team's performance over the past year, but now it just seals his position as the true leader of this team.

I believe this innings will not be just a double century but will have a far more positive impact on Bangladesh cricket team for years to come.

patriot
March 11, 2013, 02:00 PM
Couldnt have said it any better. He might not be the most popular cricketer among fans but cant think of any fan in BC disliking him.

Captain or not , Mushy is a team man. He plays for the team and you could tell it from his celebrations and expressions on his face when a teammate scores a century or takes a wicket.

Proud to have you Mushy as our captain.

BANFAN
March 11, 2013, 02:13 PM
The best thing that has happened to our cricket so far, is "Mushy The Captain" I know many people didn't like it when Shakib was removed. But Mushy by far is much more an uniting personality. He has held the team together so nicely.

As a bonus, he has lifted his performance so much after being captain, that's just incredible....

these two factors have made his captaincy the best decision.

Zeeshan
March 11, 2013, 02:16 PM
Good read Rabz.

zsayeed
March 11, 2013, 02:25 PM
Nicely written - he has credibility and commands respect and leadership.
He can do so in his quiet manner now.

zsayeed
March 11, 2013, 02:40 PM
Add to that that Mushy led from the front regarding fitness as well - Tamim and Shakib has been ailing for fitness so much - and here is this guy faced off 321 balls - kept wicket for 135 overs - scores a 200 and comes back to keep.

The rest of Bangladesh stars should take a page out of that fitness story as well.

Leafs PWN
March 11, 2013, 02:58 PM
He is the hardest worker on the team too. Good example of hardwork paying off. What Mushy doesn't haven in talent, he makes up with his work. That's a great example for some of our younger players.

simon
March 11, 2013, 03:02 PM
Very well written Rabz bhai, enjoyed it.
But another plus point about Mushy that you could have added is his education, he is currently the only BD cricketer who is masters paash.( guess Nafis too)
That adds more value to him aswell.
At the same time I think Mushy was always a person who was respected by all cricketers even before he became captain, Sakib always treated him with a lot of respect as Mushy was senior in BKSP.
Let's not forget to thank BCB, we always criticize them, I think the majority here were unhappy when Sakib was sacked and Mushy replaced him, but that was a very good decision by the board. :up:

PS: Mushy is really good in (making) history

22Yards
March 11, 2013, 03:04 PM
This should have been written as an article. Good read

Navo
March 11, 2013, 03:07 PM
Very well written Rabz bhai. I completely agree.

M.H.Rubel
March 11, 2013, 03:21 PM
Congrats Mushfiq.
You have done yourself, the fans and the country proud.

Could not be more happier that it came from none other than the captain himself. This is called leading from the front and will certainly inspire the rest of the team members to follow suit.

But the most important aspect of this double ton will be its lasting legacy and his consolidation of respect and authority within the team dynamics.

When he was handed the leadership role on the merry go round phase, it was his turn to sail the broken ship to a safe shore.He was a good, honest hard working man who is loved by all, part due to his no-jhamela approach and part due to his cute boyish good looks. But there's always this question of respect and authority within the his own team members, one very important factor which could either make or break any team, unity.

Lets face it, he wasnt the most flamboyant Tamim of the Khan family, nor talented Mr Ashraful, Shakib the Superman, neither the Pagla Mash. In other words, he was never the best batsman, bowler, fielder or allrounder of the team. He was this bits and pieces cricketer who would score 30-40 runs, keep decent and chatter a lot. As time passed, he became this pocket dynamite who could, sometimes, punch a few over his weight.

But it takes more than that to earn your peer's respect and keep the heavyweights in check and under control. With this record breaking, history making innings, he has just ensured that. Under his leadership, the team has reached new heights and he has gone where no Bangladeshi have been before.

Now when he tells Tamim to go play a big knock, he wouldnt have to hear "what would you know of big knocks mate ? How many you have ? I atleast have a blistering 150 something. You know who my uncle is ? You wanna see my fingers ? ". Shakib can't tell him "Don't tell me what to do, you know who am I ? Ash can't tell him, "You know what, If I sing, the whole world dances with me, its just that I have a soar throat every other day".

Don't get me wrong folks. I'm not accusing any of these players of any misdoing, I'm just giving examples of how it is tough for him or anyone in his position to tell the heavyweights what to do. Now he can command authority and demand respect from his team members and keep everyone under his wings, just as a true leader would do.

Without being the best or the most fancied, he has achieved feat which will only inspire the "best"s in the team to challenge themselves and follow their leader's footsteps. His unifying ability was already evident with the team's performance over the past year, but now it just seals his position as the true leader of this team.

I believe this innings will not be just a double century but will have a far more positive impact on Bangladesh cricket team for years to come.

Excellent post Rabz. Probably it is your best post those I have red.
Completely agree with this. . .
"I believe this innings will not be just a double century but will have a far more positive impact on Bangladesh cricket team for years to come"

M.H.Rubel
March 11, 2013, 03:30 PM
Lot of people here know that Mushy is my favourite player. Yes he is not as tallented as Ash Tamim or mighty Shakib. But Mushy have done it. He have shown how will power can make a man so much successfull.
This is the beginning of Mushy era.

meazz1
March 11, 2013, 03:44 PM
Nice read!
On a side note, are you some kind of a professional writer?

BD Tigers
March 11, 2013, 04:02 PM
very nicely written. thanks!

Antora
March 11, 2013, 04:42 PM
wow! Very nicely written Rabz Bhaiya :)

Gowza
March 11, 2013, 05:23 PM
he might not be the best tactician as a captain but we can't deny the team has been playing very well under him. this double century should set a new standard for the batsmen in BD, he showed what a batsman can do if they apply themselves for a long period of time, they got to see it with their own eye's from one of their own, specifically their captain. this should inspire, energize and motivate them.

zsayeed
March 11, 2013, 05:39 PM
Very well written Rabz bhai, enjoyed it.
But another plus point about Mushy that you could have added is his education, he is currently the only BD cricketer who is masters paash.( guess Nafis too)
That adds more value to him aswell.
At the same time I think Mushy was always a person who was respected by all cricketers even before he became captain, Sakib always treated him with a lot of respect as Mushy was senior in BKSP.
Let's not forget to thank BCB, we always criticize them, I think the majority here were unhappy when Sakib was sacked and Mushy replaced him, but that was a very good decision by the board. :up:

PS: Mushy is really good in (making) history

:up::up::up:

yes - forgot about his education. He is a role model with his work ethics on and off the field.

Zunaid
March 11, 2013, 07:11 PM
RabZ - check your PM for a modified version of your post that we would like to publish.

cricket_pagol
March 11, 2013, 07:27 PM
he might not be the best tactician as a captain but we can't deny the team has been playing very well under him. this double century should set a new standard for the batsmen in BD, he showed what a batsman can do if they apply themselves for a long period of time, they got to see it with their own eye's from one of their own, specifically their captain. this should inspire, energize and motivate them.

He is quite professional about learning, so i am sure he will get better with tactics. He deserves a lot of credit for the way he united the team, under shakib the team cohesion was falling apart (even though he was tactically better). This is a huge milestone for bangladesh. We can now look forward to a more brighter future.

Gowza
March 11, 2013, 07:29 PM
He is quite professional about learning, so i am sure he will get better with tactics. He deserves a lot of credit for the way he united the team, under shakib the team cohesion was falling apart (even though he was tactically better). This is a huge milestone for bangladesh. We can now look forward to a more brighter future.

for sure, mushy has united the team terrifically, and that's been a big part of the better performance.

Naimul_Hd
March 11, 2013, 08:14 PM
Now when he tells Tamim to go play a big knock, he wouldnt have to hear "what would you know of big knocks mate ? How many you have ? I atleast have a blistering 150 something. You know who my uncle is ? You wanna see my fingers ? ". Shakib can't tell him "Don't tell me what to do, you know who am I ? Ash can't tell him, "You know what, If I sing, the whole world dances with me, its just that I have a soar throat every other day".


Lol...exactly my thoughts too :)

Max100
March 11, 2013, 09:32 PM
after this 200, he will have command like clarke--so happy for mushy

Tiger Manc
March 11, 2013, 09:36 PM
Good read. It was important that we got over the psychological barrier of scoring 200. Since getting the captaincy he's improved leaps and bounds. I feel he can lead the team to bigger heights.

Fazal
March 11, 2013, 09:42 PM
If Rahim need to motivate other players (specially the senior ones), then we have a bigger problem in our team i.e. wrong type of players in the team. At this level nobody need to be motivated to score more runs for themselves.

In terms of Rahim getting more solid ground that will help him providing leadership with more confidence, I agree.


Also Rahim set the standard higher, he doesn't need to say anyone anything. The right type of players will by themselves will try to break that standard. Who are they ? Sakib and Nasir are some of those type of players. There may be few more, we have to wait and see who are the rest....

zman
March 11, 2013, 09:44 PM
Nice read - totally agree with the message of the post. Nobody deserved this more than Mushy.

Now I just can't wait for the next few home series'. Watch out heavy weights of world cricket. I can totally see us putting up monster totals at home no matter who the opposition is (esp against India/SL/WI/NZ/Zim).

Rifat
March 11, 2013, 10:41 PM
wonderful post Robiul bhai :) agree 100%

Max100
March 11, 2013, 10:54 PM
it will help new comers like anamul, mominul, marshall--- when u have some one in the team as a captain and perform like this, plus best allrounder in the team, one of the most dangerous opening batsman (tamim) in the team--- they dont have to look for rolemodel outside of their dressing room.

Its definitely the best moment of our cricket. hopefully we will be able to draw this match. hopefully no accident

Maysun
March 11, 2013, 11:02 PM
A lovely read, Rabz bhai! :)

Roey Haque
March 11, 2013, 11:18 PM
Very well written.

But strategy over everything else. How long are we going to wait for Mushy's wicket keeping skills to ripen? You cannot let the performances detract you from the overall strategy and direction of the team.
He really is a much better batsmen today then when he had started, and I admire his persistent vocal presence when keeping. But what shall we do about the countless dropped catches?

Again, excellent article by Rabz, but please BCB, strategy over everything else. 200 doesn't mean a lifetime guaranteed spot in the squad.

But this thread is titled "the significance of Mushy's double ton", and yes it is very significant and I'm happy for him.

al Furqaan
March 11, 2013, 11:24 PM
Great post...it certainly raises the bar for himself and every other player in the side. Hopefully Ashraful will himself aspire to cross the mark. If he was complacent that he held the Bangladesh record for close to a decade, now he should have that fire to go at least 11 better to regain it.

I don't worry about Shakib, beyond prioritizing BPL over our national duties. But Tamim needs to work hard to regain fitness. We finally have the makings to make a really solid batting lineup. Bowling is another story all together. But we can at least draw matches now, even in overseas Tests and without our 2 best players.

crikss
March 12, 2013, 12:11 AM
Very nicely written post Rabz bhai. I always knew Mushy has the ability to make it big in international arena and hopefully many more good innings will come from his bat. But the only thing now I want from Mushy, He should improve his captaincy skill.

ahnaf
March 12, 2013, 01:49 AM
great post rabz bhai.. :)

Rabz
March 12, 2013, 04:03 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words !! :)

Equinox
March 12, 2013, 07:44 AM
Nice read. However from my observation Mushfiq has always been a leader within the team. Look back at some of the highlights of matches when Shakib was captain and you'll find numerous instances of Mushy setting the field. Even Tamim is very respectful towards Mushy and I think this goes back to the BKSP/U19 days when Mushy was their senior and captain. In the Asia Cup I also noticed Mash, after making a minor change in the field when bowling, double-checking with Mushy to see if its alright. Certainly as an ex-captain and with his experience he doesn't need to do that. But I definitely agree with the essence of the article and think this is indeed a turning point in Mushy's captaincy. From now on he'll be regarded as a performing captain and this innings will have erased all doubts on whether he is captain on merit. This knock should also give a mental boost to Mushfiq himself and provide him with the self-assurance he may implicitly be seeking.

al Furqaan
March 12, 2013, 07:52 AM
Often times results are maginified by their psychological ramifications which happen long after the fact and by people completely unrelated to the original first cause.

For so long we were bounded by 158 as the upper human limit for us, and that a partnership of 100 or maybe 125 runs. Partnerships in excess of 150 were rare. Mushy (and Ash) have finally shattered those pyschological limitations. We are already seeing that 150+ run parterships are the norm for us now, not an exceptional thing. I predict we will see a few more individual scores past 150 and perhaps even past 200 in the 2-3 years to come.

beshideshi
March 12, 2013, 07:54 AM
Beautifully written. Somewhere in my heart, I wanted Mushy to score a 200 before Ashraful. Ashraful, as many has said is flamboyant and "once in a blue moon" type of player. Sure, a 200 by Ashraful would have turned many heads, but those heads know this isn't likely to happen every day.
I am not saying Mushy will score a double hundred everyday, but what he relies on is his determination, grit and concentration more than his talent. And makes him a likelier candidate to score 100s than someone who relies on talent more, ie. Ashraful, Tamim, Shakib. Mushfique scoring a double century also sends a message to all the cricketers in Bangladesh and outside Bangladesh, that no matter what your talent set is, if you keep trying, if you keep giving your 100%, you can be the very best.

Good luck to Mushy.

Zunaid
March 12, 2013, 06:08 PM
It is fitting that this shall become a BC article. Go have a read. We have tweaked it a bit - you'll enjoy RabZ article once again:

The significance of Mushfiq's double century
Rabiul Alam

The Golden Boy did it. Pocket dynamo and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahman Rahim becomes the first Bangladeshi cricketer to have scored a double century in Test Cricket. BanglaCricket's own Rabiul Alam pens a fitting tribute to Mushfiq and why this is more than a cricketing milestone.

Read article ยป (http://www.banglacricket.com/html/features/article.php?item=583)

Rifat
March 12, 2013, 10:26 PM
^^ I am sick and tired of everyone calling him Mushfiqur Rahman...it is Mushfiqur Rahim!

The Golden Boy did it. Pocket dynamo and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahman becomes the first Bangladeshi cricketer to have scored a double century in Test Cricket.

Zunaid
March 12, 2013, 10:32 PM
Rafit - be gracious when people make typos. It was not intentional.

Ajfar
March 12, 2013, 10:47 PM
^ Doc I found another typo. The paragraph where Rabz bhai talked about what different players might say, Can't is misspelled after Ashraful.

Good read Rabz bhai.

Zunaid
March 12, 2013, 11:00 PM
^ Doc I found another typo. The paragraph where Rabz bhai talked about what different players might say, Can't is misspelled after Ashraful.

Good read Rabz bhai.

Thanks Afjar.

Ajfar
March 12, 2013, 11:04 PM
^ People actually call me that all the time. One time a mystery shopper went as far as calling me 'Ajax' in his report.

Zunaid
March 12, 2013, 11:05 PM
^ People actually call me that all the time. One time a mystery shopper went as far as calling me 'Ajax' in his report.

Ajax is cool. I shall call you that from now on.

Rifat
March 12, 2013, 11:06 PM
I have been called Rafit/Reifeer many times in middle/high school :)

Zunaid
March 12, 2013, 11:10 PM
I have been called Rafit/Reifeer many times in middle/high school :)

Reefer, eh? Did you inhale?

Rifat
March 12, 2013, 11:14 PM
Reefer, eh? Did you inhale?

some people thought i was cool for some reason, that's why they gave the name(also the inability to pronounce it correctly might be too..)

Zeeshan
March 12, 2013, 11:22 PM
Note he is not denying it....

Zunaid
March 12, 2013, 11:23 PM
Note he is not denying it....

He moves up in my estimation then.

WarWolf
March 13, 2013, 01:54 AM
This Rabz guy can write.

Top post Robiul bhai. :)