Bangladesh became the first team to be knocked out of the 2022 Asian Cup on Thursday after losing a humdinger to Sri Lanka by two wickets. Despite posting over 180 points, Sri Lanka chased their target as an erratic Bangladeshi unit conceded far too many extras, including four without balls. Four batters from Bangladesh started but none could convert him into a big one. Innings from Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain took Bangladesh to 183/7 in 20 overs but Sri Lanka’s batters chased it down with Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka playing vital shots and the 3- ball 10 from Asitha Fernando providing the final touch.
One of Bangladesh’s disappointments was Mushfiqur Rahim, who was sent off for 4 out of five balls after getting caught behind Chamika Karunaratne’s bowling alley. However, it was a funny exchange between on-air commentators Athar Ali Khan and Wasim Akram that became the main attraction of Rahim’s stay at the fold. When Rahim went out to bat at the fall of the wicket of Mehidy Hasan, the broadcaster showed the Bangladeshi wicketkeeper’s screen stats which really impressed Khan.
“It’s the experience of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-Al-Hasan that could work well for Bangladesh. Take a look at these stats. Over 100 games, closing in on 1500 runs and a strike rate of 115” , Khan said on air, emphasizing that last detail of Rahim’s stick.
However, Akram, the former Pakistani captain disagreed with what Khan had to say and believes Rahim’s strike rate is not on par with some of the best players in the world. Acknowledging the fact that Rahim is a good cricketer with a lot of experience behind him, Akram contrary to Khan’s opinion pointed out how the 35-year-old needs to work on his strike rate.
“He’s not the best strike rate, I have to say. He’s an experienced campaigner. He really is, but this format, if you see the strike rate of the best players in the world, he has to be at my opinion, more than 130. Ideally, in this format.”
During his short stay, Rahim made 1500 runs in T20I cricket for Bangladesh.