Mustafizur became the second bowler in ODIs to bag five wickets or more in each of his first two games. Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori was the first bowler to register five-wicket hauls in his first two games – five for 30 on August 12, 2011 and five for 20 on August 14, 2011 – both against #bangladesh at Harare.
The wiry 19-year-old paceman became only the third Bangladeshi bowler – after skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain – to take six wickets in an innings in ODIs. While Mortaza (six for 26) achieved the feat against Kenya at Nairobi on August 15, 2006, Hossain’s six for 26 came against New Zealand at Mirpur on October 29, 2013.
Mustafizur also became the first bowler to bag eleven wickets (ave.8.45) in his first two ODIs.
Nineteen-year-old Mustafizur Rahman grabbed attention during India’s tour of Bangladesh when he became the second bowler in ODI history after Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori to pick up two five-wicket hauls in his first two matches. In fact, he is the only bowler to take a total of 11 wickets in his first two games.
Rahman, who has been playing #cricket from a very young age, was first spotted by scouts from Satkhira and picked him up to play in the Under-17 tournaments before calling him up for pace bowling camps in Dhaka. His obvious talent did not take long to get noticed and before he knew it he became a regular part of Bangladesh’s Under-19 squad. He represented Bangladesh in the Under-19 World Cup in 2014 and picked up 9 wickets in six matches. His first-class debut came in the 2013-14 season as well for Khulna and he started giving commendable performances, thus sealing his spot in the team. He finished the first-class season with 26 wickets at an average of 19.08.
Mustafizur made his international debut in a one-off T20 match against Pakistan and picked up two wickets, that of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez.
He was handed the ODI cap in the series against India and instantly impressed with his accuracy and variations.