Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has rated his match-winning knock of 144 off 150 balls as the best innings of his life till date. It was a timely knock from Rahim which took Bangladesh to a position of strength after the end of their innings.
Mushfiqur played his career-best innings of 144 runs in the Asia Cup 2018 opener against Sri Lanka in Dubai to help his team to beat Sri Lanka by 134-runs on Saturday (September 15).
Rahim stroked 11 fours and six sixes as he joined India captain Virat Kohli, former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan in the list of highest individual scorers in Asia Cup.
Rahim told Cricbuzz, “I can say at the moment this is the best innings of my life so far. Lot of people are saying it too [my best innings] but in future I can come up with a better innings than this one. But till date this is the batting of my career so far.”
Revealing the secrete behind his knock, he noted, "We practiced to be able to perform in this condition. Perhaps we did not have the chance to play in this kind of heat but the hard work that we put in on fitness purpose is often ignored by the media. We don't see you [media] when we start the running session at 7 or 8 in the morning because you usually arrive at 10 or 11. This is the reflection of the amount of dedication and hard work that we put in that [fitness] session. Perhaps I did it yesterday [despite heat] but anyone from us can do it. We all have the confidence that we can overcome any situation and this confidence was translated in the last match."
On being asked if he keeps tabs of those knocks, Rahim denied by saying that he just wants to win matches for his country and doesn't bother keeping a count of them.
He signed off by saying, “To be honest, I don't have any count of it [performances resulting in victory] and I don't want to keep any count of it. Basically, I want to win so many matches that I cannot keep any account of it. I will try to contribute more and more in our wins.”
Bangladesh next play Afghanistan on September 20 (Thursday) in the ongoing 2018 Asia Cup.