Debutant Mosaddek Hossain became the first Bangladeshi to claim a wicket with his first delivery in ODIs during his side’s shock defeat to Afghanistan in Dhaka overnight.
Hossain, a part-time off-spinner who bats better than he bowls (he has already made seven hundreds in 18 first-class matches and is averaging a whopping 70), finished with figures of 2-30 from his 10 overs after removing middle-order pair Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Stanikzai.
But if history is anything to go by, the achievement is a poisoned chalice of sorts; Hossain is now the 24th bowler to take a wicket with his first ball in ODIs, and only four of those have kicked on to take 50-plus wickets.
Those four are West Indian Fidel Edwards, Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, Thilan Thushara of Sri Lanka and Indian Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Strangely, others on the list include West Indies legend Clive Lloyd and Pakistani great Inzamam-ul-Haq, who finished their ODI careers with eight and three wickets respectively.
However, if Hossain can follow that duo’s career path as batsmen, he’ll become his country’s finest.
The plaudits are already considerable for the 20-year-old, whose mature 45 not out last night came at a run a ball and with his side in trouble at 5-138, and showcased the potential that has many excited about his prospects.
As wickets fell regularly, the right-hander played with a composure beyond his years, hitting four fours and two sixes and earning himself another footnote in the history books; the highest score by a Bangladeshi No.7 on debut, and the sixth-highest from any Test-playing country.
In all likelihood, Hossain, who made his T20I debut in January against Zimbabwe, will eventually move higher up the order; his first two first-class hundreds, made in the summer of 2014-15, were scores of 250 and 282.
Bangladesh’s chief selector, Minhajul Abedin, said last week that performances in domestic competitions had earned the young allrounder his place, and it’s not difficult to see why – he made 622 runs at 77 and took 15 wickets to be a key performer in Abahani Limited’s successful Dhaka Premier League (50-over) campaign.
“Mosaddek has done very well in domestic cricket, which includes the longer-version tournaments, in the last two years,” Abedin said .
“He did well in the Dhaka Premier League and we feel he is ready.”