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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The significance of Mushfiq's double century

Rabiul Alam
 

Congratulations Captain!

You have done yourself, your fans, and your country proud!

Mushfiqur RahimI could not have been more happier that it came from none other than you, my captain. This is true leading from the front and I am sure this will certainly inspire the rest of your team to follow suit.

However, the most important aspect of this double ton will be its lasting legacy and that it will allow you to consolidate your authority and respect within the team.

When you were handed the leadership role after a period of musical chairs with captains, you were handed the rudder to lead a broken ship to a safer shore.

You are a good, honest, and hardworking man much beloved by all. Part of this is due to your no nonsense attitude and a part, of course, is due to your cute boyish good looks. But in order to lead, you needed to earn the respect from and authority over your team members.

Let’s face it. You are not as flamboyant like Tamim of the Khan family. You are not as enigmatically talented as Ashraful. Nor are you the supremely capable superman Shakib. Neither are you the popular yet pagla Mashrafe. In other words, you were never the best batsmen, nor the bets bowler, nor the best allrounder. You were just this stolid wicketkeeping batsman who could score 30-40 runs, keep decently, and chatter a lot.

But with the passage of time, you became this pocket dynamo, who could, sometimes and now more often than not, punch way above your weight.

But it does take more than this to earn your peers’ respect and keep the heavy hitters in check and under control. With this record breaking and history making innings, you have ensured just that.

Under your leadership, you have now taken Bangladesh to heights never seen before.

Now when you tell Tamim to play a big knock, you don’t have to hear “what do you know about big knocks? How many do you have? I have a blistering 150 or something. Do you know who my uncle is? Do you wanna see my fingers?*”.  Shakib can’t tell you “don’t tell me what to do? Do you know that I am the world’s best allrounder?”.  Ashraful can’t  tell you “do you know, if I sing the world dances with me?”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not accusing any of the players of saying anything like that. I’m just illustrating how tough it is or for anyone else in his positions to tell the team heavyweights what to do.

Without being the best or the most fancied, you have achieved a feat that will only inspire the best in your team to challenge themselves and follow your footsteps.

Your unifying ability was already evident with the team's performance over the past year, but now it just seals your  position as the true leader of this team.

With this commanding double, you can now command authority and respect from you team.

Under your wings, you can now lead the team to soaring new heights.

Much more than a double century, this innings will have a far-reaching and positive impact on Bangladesh cricket for years to come.

Thank you.