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Watch: Mushfiqur Rahim achieves a unique record as he becomes first Bangladeshi batter dismissed for handling the ball.

Published at :December 6, 2023 at 2:39 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:13 AM
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Saurabh Anand


Mushfiqur Rahim has played 87 test matches for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh senior middle-order batter Mushfiqur Rahim has joined the rarest of rare cricketers in international cricket. Rahim was dismissed for handling the ball against New Zealand in the second test. New Zealand have made a great comeback in the first innings at Mirpur.

Mushfiqur Rahim joined the elite list of Mohinder Amarnath, Mohsin Khan and Michael Vaughan who also got out obstructing the field with handling the ball.

Mushfiqur Rahim given out on handling the ball

In the 41st over of the game, Mushfiqur Rahim played a defensive push to pacer Kyle Jamieson. Right after playing the shot he pushed the ball away deliberately with his hand. Kiwis went up in appeal and the third umpire ruled the batter out for obstructing the field. It was kind of a brain fade moment for Bangladesh middle-order batter Mushfiqur Rahim. The ball was no way near to the stumps or approaching the stumps.

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Zimbabwean Chamu Chibhabha was the last man given out in that fashion against Afghanistan in 2015. He also became the first ever Bangladesh batter to be given out in such a fashion. Rahim was batting well in the innings and scored 35 runs in 83 balls. He was having a great stand along with Shahadat Hussain for the 5th wicket. Both of them added 57 runs for the fifth wicket but Rahim’s wicket allowed NZ to grip the game.

According to MCC rulebook in Cricket, “Either batsman is out Handled the ball if he wilfully touches the ball while in play with a hand or hands not holding the bat unless he does so with the consent of a fielder. (b) Either batsman is out under this Law if, while the ball is in play, and without the consent of a fielder, he uses his hand or hands not holding the bat to return the ball to any fielder.” Rahim’s movement was deliberate.

In the 2nd Test of the New Zealand tour of Bangladesh, Bangladesh chose to bat first in Mirpur. At the end of Day 1, Session 3, they posted 171/9 in 65.6 overs with a run rate of 2.59. Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Zakir Hasan started cautiously, but New Zealand’s bowlers, especially Mitchell Santner (3/64) and Glenn Phillips (3/31), created breakthroughs. Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 35, while Patel and Santner shared wickets. Bangladesh faced batting struggles, losing wickets at regular intervals. New Zealand’s disciplined bowling limited them, leaving the match poised for an intriguing Day 2.

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