Mushfiqur Rahim has leapfrogged Tamin Iqbal to become the first Bangladesh player ever in history to reach the milestone of 5,000 runs in Test Cricket. Mushfiq achieved this landmark in 81 matches.
It could have been a completely different story, if Tamin continued his batting without getting retired hurt. The south paw was just 19 runs shy of the landmark.
As one of the most prolific batsmen in Bangladesh cricket, Mushfiq reached 5,000 runs with a decent average of 36.77.
To get to this milestone, Mushfiq scored 7 centuries along with 26 fifties. Amazingly, he is the first and only wicketkeeper batsman in Test history to hit three double hundreds. His highest score remains 219 not out against Zimbabwe in November, 2018.
Mushfiq is also the second Bangladesh batsman to have reached 4,000 Test runs. After making his debut in 2005, he has been continuously delivering his best for Bangladesh cricket regardless of formats. Undoubtedly, he is the most consistent performer for Bangladesh cricket for many years now.
Compared to ODIs and T20s, Bangladesh had the least opportunity to play Test cricket. It would have been a better story, if Bangladesh had the chance to play as many Test matches as other Test playing nations.
Mister Consistent, as Mushfiq is fondly known, is the only Bangladesh player to win 150 international matches as well.