Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain Saikat claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in T20Is against Zimbabwe to help them level the three-match series in Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Along the way he also brushed aside doubts regarding his credentials as a bowler in the shortest format and looks to be a prime candidate to retain his place even after the return of the seniors in the T20Is.
Bangladesh never have had a dearth of multi-utility players who have chipped in with useful contributions and have their second occupation strong enough to write bowling/batting all-rounder besides their name in their cricketing CVs and the latest addition to that rare category of Mossadek.
The right-arm off-spinner not only became the fourth cricketer in Bangladesh to pick a fifer in T20s after Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan but at the same time repaid the faith of the selectors for bringing him back into international cricket after being thrown into wilderness.
Mossadek made a return to the international scene in 2021 with the Test series against Sri Lanka after being dropped in 2019.
The all-rounder failed to make any notable performance that validated his selection though he was carried with the team across formats.
Mossadek chose Harare ground to announce his arrival with a brilliant bowling performance, picking 5-20 in his stipulated four overs.
“Obviously (it was a big achievement) and I was feeling fantastic about that,” Mossadek said in the post match press conference after the game.
“It was planned before that we will start the new ball with spin. Captain let me know before (that I will bowl with the new ball),” he said, adding that they did not talk much and were just concerned to play as a team.