Mashrafe Mortaza Biography
Mashrafe Mortaza was perhaps the best-ever pace bowler Bangladesh had produced till the advent of the young pacers like Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed. When he first came onto the scene, he was a genuine quick bowler, but a number of injuries have hampered his career, and turned him into a medium-pacer with the ability to move the ball both ways. He is still best in the business in Bangladesh, which says a lot about the amount of talent he possesses.
As a young bowler Mortaza was trained at the MRF Pace Foundation under Dennis Lillee. He first came into the limelight in 2004 when his economical spell of two for 36 in 10 overs helped Bangladesh beat India for the first time in ODIs. Unarguably his most famous performance came when humiliated India in the ICC World Cup 2007 with a famous spell of four for 36, which scripted a a famous victory. Mortaza is also one of the few Bangladeshi cricketers apart from Abdur Razzak, Tamim Iqbal, and Shakib-Al-Hasan to play the lucrative IPL.
Mortaza was selected as the captain of Bangladesh during the tour of West Indies in 2009. He got injured just before starting his captaincy career, and eventually the role went to Shakib, as the visitors defeated a depleted West Indies side. That victorious campaign made Shakib the full-time leader of the team.
However, Mortaza was again handed over the captaincy duties in 2014, just before the home series against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh finished a clinical clean-sweep of that series, and ultimately Mortaza was given the responsibility to lead Bangladesh in the ICC 2015 World Cup in Down Under. He did a commendable job, leading Bangladesh to the quarter-final. He then proceeded to lead Bangladesh to maiden ODI series wins against Pakistan and India.