It has been almost a year when i met Mahmudullah Riad at the Academy of BCB. I asked him, ‘ How can you manage all this, brother? ‘ He smiled and took a selfie for my request but did not reply answer.
The very next day, we saw each other while praying inside BCB. After praying, He smiled again starting at me and told, ‘ This is the only way how i manage ‘. I felt good more by seeing his simplicity. After making 150* in his fairwell test he showed the same attitude.
The man, Mahmudullah Riad who has been named by legendary Bangladesh player Mashrafe as Crisis man of Bangladesh is waiting for a different ‘double century’
Mahmudullah Riad, who made his ODI debut on Sri Lankan soil in 2006, is looking forward to playing his 200th ODI after going through many ups and downs in his nearly 14-year long international career.
Riad will touch the milestone of playing 200 ODIs as the fifth Bangladeshi cricketer to play in the third ODI against Zimbabwe tomorrow. The other four cricketers who have touched this milestone before are Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortuza.
Mushfiqur Rahim holds the record for the highest number of 228 ODIs for the country, followed by Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortuza with 217 ODIs; Shakib Al Hasan has played 214 ODIs. Mahmudullah Riad’s current number of ODIs is 199, meaning he will be the fifth cricketer to complete 200 ODIs tomorrow.
Mahmudullah Riad, who played 199 ODIs till yesterday, scored 4469 runs with the bat and took 6 wickets, the fourth highest for Bangladesh in ODIs in terms of runs; Seventh highest in terms of wickets, but Mahmudullah Riad is the highest in terms of catches; He has taken 69 catches in 199 matches.
Mahmudullah Riad is also in the top five in terms of winning the highest number of matches for Bangladesh, he has won 92 matches in 199 ODIs; 4 cricketers have won more ODIs than him. However, in a way, Riad is the first, he is the only one, that is the first centurion Mahmudullah Riad in any global tournament for Bangladesh.
Riad scored two centuries in the 2015 World Cup, the record for the highest century by a Bangladeshi cricketer in a particular global tournament. Outside of these figures, Mahmudullah Riad has a distinct identity, the Silent Killer.
He has taken the helm of the team many times as a savior at the moment of crisis, but most of the time he has remained out of the discussion.Congratulations!