Bangladesh National Team ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza reached 250-wicket mark in One Day Internationals during their Super Four match of Asia Cup against Afghanistan on Sunday night.
Tigers’ ODI skipper has become the first Bangladeshi cricketer to bag 250 wickets in the 50-over format after bagging two wickets in the Sunday’s game.Mashrafe’s 250 wickets came from 194 matches allowing 7753 runs at a strike rate of 38.60 and an economy rate of 4.81. His best bowling figure remains the 6 for 26 attained against Kenya at Nairobi.
The ‘Narail Express’ famed Mashrafe made his ODI debut in 2001 against Zimbabwe. In 2006, Mortaza was the world’s highest wicket taker in ODIs, collecting 49 wickets. The haul was the most ever in a calendar year by a Bangladeshi, and 17th most for anyone.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is the only one amongst the Tigers’ bowlers to be in touching distance of the paceman’s record. Shakib has 244 wickets under his belt in ODIs.
Mashrafe has led his team to ODI series wins against Pakistan (3-0) and India (2-1) at home after the 2015 World Cup. These results sealed a place for Bangladesh in the eight-nation tournament, the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy in England where Bangladesh reached the semi-finals..