Sabbir Rahman © Getty Images
Sabbir Rahman made his T20I debut earlier this year © Getty Images (File Photo)

Debutant Sabbir Rahman played a valuable knock of 44 not out as Bangladesh trumped Zimbabwe by 87 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) played at Chittagong on Friday. Varun Arora finds out some interesting numbers from his innings.

Sabbir Rahman’s name propped up as Bangladesh took the field on Friday at Chittagong. He had earlier played five T20Is but was still looking for his opportunity in the 50-over format. His debut turned out to be quite lucky for Bangladesh as they won their first match of the year. Rahman came out all guns blazing, as he fired 44 unbeaten runs off just 25 balls which included three boundaries and three sixes.

Rahman was a part of the Bangladesh U-19 cricket team which played the World Cup in New Zealand in 2009. He is known for his aggressive style of batting which is why debuted in T20Is before playing his first ODI.

On Friday, Rahman came out to bat when Bangladesh lost centurion Shakib Al Hasan in the 44th over of the match. Bangladesh was 217 for four at that stage and looked to reach a respectable score.  Rahman launched the first six of his innings in the 49th over. He shimmied down the track to Tendai Chatara and connected well to hit the ball over the ropes. Rahman went on a blitzkrieg in the last over of the innings, bowled by Tinashe Panyangara as he collected 14 runs off the last three deliveries which included two sixes and one boundary.

Below is the list of players with highest strike-rate on debut:

Name

Team

Runs

SR

Thisara Perera

Sri Lanka

31

221.42

Jonny Bairstow

England

41*

195.23

Sabbir Rahman

Bangladesh

44*

176

Lance Cairns

New Zealand

30*

166.66

Noor Ali Zadran

Afghanistan

45

160.71

Rahman didn’t get much of an opportunity with the ball later as he bowled only one over which went for six runs. However, his handy innings with the bat is a good sign for Bangladeshi cricket. The 23-year-old youngster could become a useful cricketer in their limited overs team. With an eye on the ICC World Cup 2015, he will be keen to keep up the good work and carry on in similar fashion.

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)