Perhaps, the Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim has been one of the most underrated batsmen n the game of cricket. He made his debut at a very young age and ever since he has been one of the crucial players for the Tigers. Recently, he once again registered his name to the record book as he scored a scintillating double century while playing a Test match against Zimbabwe.
On Monday, Rahim has made the second Test of the series a memorable one for him with a stunning double ton. The flamboyant knock also made him the first wicketkeeper-batsman to register two double centuries in Test cricket. Apart from his knock, 18 years after Aminul Islam’s 535-minute innings against India in their first-ever Test, Mushfiqur Rahim breaks the record for the longest Test innings for Bangladesh, batting for 589 minutes.
Previously, Imtiaz Ahmed (Pakistan) scored 209 in 1955, Taslim Arif (Pakistan) made 210 in 1980, Brendon Kuruppu (Sri Lanka) hit 201 in 1987, Andy Flower (Zimbabwe) blasted 232 in 2000, Adam Gilchrist (Australia) hammered 204 in 2002, Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) scored 230 in 2002 and MS Dhoni (India) made 224 in 2013 as wicketkeeper-batsman in Tests.
Though Sangakkara has got 11 double centuries to his name, he scored only one century, as the wicketkeeping-batsman. Meanwhile, Andy Flower is the other cricketer, who came pretty close to the record by scoring 199 in his second attempt.
Initially, it was Bangladesh, who won the toss and chose to bat first. However, the decision didn’t favor them earlier in the innings as they were reduced to 26/3, but Mominul Haque’s 161-run knock and Mushfiqur’s incredible unbeaten 219* put them on the driver seat.
Kyle Jarvis was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe as he picked up a five-wicket haul to his name. In reply to the massive 522-run total, Zimbabwe lost their skipper Hamilton Maskadza, who scored 16 runs to his name.