Mustafizur Rahman – 4th player to receive 2 Man of the Match awards in his first 2 ODIs

Bharath Seervi
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Mustafizur has created history

It would be difficult for any Indian fan to digest the fact that a teenager who made his debut immediately becomes the reason for an ODI series loss for their national team in Bangladesh. But it is true. Mustafizur Rahman is more than two months short of his 20th birthday. And he has destroyed the batting order of the Indian team containing few of the so said best batsmen at present.

5/50 in his first ODI and 6/43 in the second were enough to hand over India losses by 79 runs and 6 wickets and he ended up winning the Man of the Match award in both these games. No surprises. He has set a World record by picking up 5 wickets in his first game and 6 in his second. Thus 11 wickets in career’s first 2 ODI matches. Only other bowler to have taken two five-wicket hauls in his first two ODIs is Brian Vitori for Zimbabwe. He took 10 wickets in his first 2 matches.

Mustafizur Rahman became only the fourth player to be awarded Man of the Match in both of his first two ODI matches, a remarkable feat. The others to have achieved this are listed below.

2 Man of the Match awards in career’s first 2 ODIs

Player

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Against

Venue

Date

John Edrich (England)

82

-

-

Australia

MCG

05-Jan-71

90

-

-

India

Leeds

13-Jul-74

Tom Cooper (Netherlands)

80*

-

-

Scotland

Rotterdam

15-Jun-10

87

1/50

-

Scotland

Rotterdam

01-Jul-10

Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe)

-

5/30

-

Bangladesh

Harare

12-Aug-11

-

5/20

-

Bangladesh

Harare

14-Aug-11

Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

0*

5/50

-

India

Dhaka

18-Jun-15

-

6/43

-

India

Dhaka

21-Jun-15

 

  • John Edrich was Man of the Match in the first ever ODI match on 5th of January 1971 between Australia and England. He wasn’t selected in the next seven ODIs for England. But in his next inclusion, he was again Man of the Match.
  • Top Cooper got 3 Man of the Match awards in his first 5 ODIs and 4 in his first 7 ODIs.
  • Brian Vitori was also adjudged Man of the Match in his first two matches courtesy of those 5-wicket hauls. 

Only four have got consecutive Man of the Match awards in their first two ODIs, but there are 56 others (including associate teams) who got Man of the Match on their ODI debut. Let’s list them, team-wise.

Australia (8)

Player

Year

Merv Hughes

1988

Brendon Julian

1993

Stuart MacGill

2000

Mark Cosgrove

2006

Shaun Marsh

2008

George Bailey

2012

Matthew Wade

2012

Philip Hughes

2013

 

Bangladesh (3)

Player

Year

Sohag Gazi

2012

Taijul Islam

2014

Mustafizur Rahman

2015

 

England (13)

Player

Year

John Edrich

1971

Dennis Amiss

1972

Barry Wood

1972

Mike Denness

1973

Chris Tavare

1980

Kim Barnett

1988

Devon Malcolm

1990

Peter Martin

1995

Jeremy Snape

2001

Ian Bell

2004

Alex Wharf

2004

Jonny Bairstow

2011

Stephen Parry

2014

 

India (2)

Player

Year

Sandeep Patil

1980

Mohit Sharma

2013

 

New Zealand (1)

Player

Year

Rob Nicol

2011

Pakistan (9)

Player

Year

Abdul Qadir

1983

Manzoor Elahi

1984

Zakir Khan

1984

Saleem Elahi

1995

Shadab Kabir

1996

Shahid Anwar

1996

Shahid Nazir

1996

Nasir Jamshed

2008

Anwar Ali

2013

 

South Africa (5)

Player

Year

Alan Donald

1991

Mike Rindel

1994

Shaun Pollock

1996

Colin Ingram

2010

Merchant de Lange

2012

 

Sri Lanka (2)      

Player

Year

Shaul Karnain

1984

Dilhara Fernando

2001

 

West Indies (3)

Player

Year

Desmond Haynes

1978

Hendy Bryan

1999

Fidel Edwards

2003

 

Zimbabwe (5)

Player

Year

Duncan Fletcher

1983

Andy Flower

1992

Bryan Strang

1995

Terry Duffin

2006

Brian Vitori

2011

 

For Associate teams

Player

Team

Year

Austin Codrington

Canada

2003

Dean Minors

Bermuda

2006

Eoin Morgan

Ireland

2006

Alex Cusack

Ireland

2007

Chris Foggo

Bermuda

2008

Karun Jethi

Canada

2008

Mohammad Nabi

Afghanistan

2009

Tom Cooper

Netherlands

2010

Usman Ghani

Afghanistan

2014

 

Totally 60 players have got Man of the Match award on their ODI debut – 51 for full member teams and 9 for associate teams.

 

Originally published on Sportskeeda.com here