Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has become the second Bangladeshi bowler to scalp 400 wickets in List A cricket, agencies report.
Bangladesh ODI captain touched new height, reaching the milestone when he claimed 3-40 for Abahani Limited in their crucial match against archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Super League phase of Dhaka Premier League (DPL) Wednesday.
Mashrafe’s bowling was key in Abahani’s 45-run win against Mohammedan as they remained firm in the race of clinching the coveted title.
The lanky fast bowler who will lead the side in upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, which is likely to be his last participation in the cricket’s biggest extravaganza, played 287 List A matches to reach the milestone.
Amongst the 400 wickets, he grabbed 259 wickets in 205 ODIs. For Bangladesh he however took 258 wickets in 203 matches while he played two matches for Asia XI and picked up one wicket.
After taking 2-48 against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in the group phase of DPL, he stood on 399 wickets but later failed to scalp any wicket in the last three matches. But the record is inevitable and he picked up the match, which is always termed as prestigious battle, to reach the new milestone.
Mashrafe is the second Bangladeshi bowler to take 400 List A wickets. His friend and veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, playing for Prime Bank Cricket Club, earlier last month reached 400 List A wickets milestone in this league. Razzak is also the first man to take 500 first class wickets for Bangladesh.
Before him, left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak also scalped 400 wickets in List-A cricket.
Mashrafe bagged his 400th List-A wicket when he scalped Irfan Sukkur of Mohammedan Sporting Club at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan. The right-arm pacer is playing in the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League for Abahani Limited.
The captain of the national ODI team completed 399 wickets three matches ago. Since then, he has been waiting to grab the 400th wicket. However, on Wednesday, his wait came to the end finally.
Mashrafe started the league with 389 wickets. He bagged two wickets in his first match of the season. But failed to take any wicket in next three matches. However, he returned to the form taking six wickets against Gazi Group Cricketers. In the next two matches, he scalped two wickets and reached 399.
Abdur Razzak took 269 matches to complete 400 wickets in List-A cricket. On the other hand, Mashrafe took 287 matches to touch the feat.