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Finisher Mahmudullah’s reign of ‘Finish’ Miller

Finisher Mahmudullah’s reign of ‘Finish’ Miller

After the Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka in September 2022, a big question mark was added to Mahmudullah Riyad’s name. Will the experienced batsman in the mid-thirties be seen playing in the international T20?

Even though Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim retired, Mahmudullah did not follow that path. But that did not prevent him from being dropped from the team. Mahmudullah was a spectator at the 2022 T20 World Cup. He was also left out of the ODI team.

Issues like form, fitness or team combination have come up again and again. He silently accepted everything. But did not give up. Prepared himself for a lonely fight and returned again proving his ability. He was the team’s best performer in the last ODI World Cup in seven innings. After performing well in BPL, he returned to the T20 team as well.

Against Sri Lanka, who was once thought to be his last, his return to T20 was in front of the Lankans. After 17 months Neme explained his needs. Chasing 206 runs, Bangladesh lost three top-order batsmen for just 30 runs.

In such a situation, Mahmudullah played an innings of 54 runs off 31 balls. His name has come up in a great record. The Bangladeshi batsman now owns the highest number of runs in T20 Internationals by batting five or less.

Kal started the innings with a huge six off Angelo Mathews on the first ball. The 38-year-old batsman did not spare anyone who came to bowl after that. Fifty off 27 balls.

Mahmudullah has batted after five or more 103 times in 114 innings so far in international T20. After yesterday in the role of ‘finisher’ he scored 1895 runs at 23.10. Surpassed South Africa’s star batsman David Miller. Miller’s run after 84 innings after five or less is 1877. However, the Protea batsman is ahead in average and strikerate. Mahmudullah’s strike rate 118 against Miller’s strike rate 143, average 34.75!

Not only as a finisher, but as a run, Mahmudullah is the second most successful batsman for Bangladesh in T20. The batsman scored 2176 runs in all positions in 114 innings. On the other hand, Shakib Al Hasan tops all with 2382 runs in 115 innings at an average of 23.82 with 122 strikerates. With Shakib not playing in the Sri Lanka series, Mahmudullah has a chance to close the gap.