Leading from the front

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 16 Jul 2017, 20:31:29
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Leading from the front

Mashrafe-bin-Mortaza, the limited-over captain of the Bangladesh cricket team has completed 15 years in his professional career. His career experienced a roller-coaster ride as well. Mashrafe got injured many times during his career and had to undergo several surgeries in both knees.

But each time he came back strong on the field and managed to perform at the top level. Many people wrote him off after each injury but every time Mashrafe proved them wrong and regained his form.

Had it been anyone other than Mashrafe, he would perhaps have considered quitting the game, but not the "Narail Express". However it was anything but an easy ride for the inspirational leader. He bowls with both his legs in bandage and it has been a common scene in the domestic cricket. As an all-rounder Mashrafe did not just have to fight against other batsmen or bowlers for a place in the side but had to overcome his injuries too.

There are so many stories about him. But most importantly it is Mashrafe, the man and the leader who has won millions of hearts and set an example for others to emulate his feats.

Mashrafe is not the fastest bowler of the world or the finest all-rounder in recent times. But as a cricketer and as a captain, he has set an example to follow. That is why hundreds of cricketers in Bangladesh who play in the domestic arena have categorized Mashrafe as their idol.

Montaseruzzaman

East West University

montasirsabi@gmail.com
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