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MUSHFIQUR PLACED A SPOT IN “Wisden’s Teenage Riot Test XI: A team of greats who started young’’

Bangladesh’s wicket-keeper batsman Mr.Dependable Mushfiqur Rahim has been named in the teenage riot test XI picked by Wisden,leading cricket magazine and called the “Bible of Cricket’’.


The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack – often labelled the “Bible of cricket’’ – is an annual publication founded in 1864.A prominent cricket of the mid-nineteenth century,John Wisden-a.k.a. “The Little Wonder’’ took ten wickets in an innings in a North vs South encounter at Lord’s .It remains a record in first-class cricket.


John Wisden sold sports equipment before from his London shop.He inaugurated Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 1864.It comprised just 112 pages-but at present it contains 1500 pages.


The team consists of the players who started their career as a test player at an early age for their own country.The team picked by Wisden is featured by great players from all over the world.the team is captained by the pakistan legend Imran Khan,Wasim Akram,Sachin Tendulkar,Garry Sobers.All the 9 players in the XI are retired from international cricket except 2 active players – Pat Cummins and Mushfiqur Rahim.


The Wisden said about the team in their website, “  Yes, it’s time to pick out a Test XI that features players who made their Test debut as teenagers. However, it’s worth throwing a couple of caveats in there too. The side should feature no more than two players from one country and we’re not focusing on how these players performed as teenagers, rather assessing how their overall careers panned out, or in the case of a couple, still going.’’


 The Wisden’s Teenage Riot Test XI:


1.Neil Harvey

About his inclusion in this team the Wisden wrote in their site,“An early confession: there aren’t any specialist openers in this XI, but with the illustrious names listed below, we’re sure you’ll forgive us. Neil Harvey spent most of his time at No.3, so a place up top doesn’t seem too out of line.’’The Australian started his career at only 19 in 1948.the left-handed batsman stroked a stunning hundred,153 runs in his second innings  against India at MCG.he also made his debut against England in Ashes in the forth test.


2.Sachin Tendulkar

No kind of attribution is enough for this greatest batsman in world cricket.The one of the greatest of all time made his debut in international test at only 19 and rest is the great history known by all over the world.His first test match was against the arch-rival Pakistan in 1989.He is the leading run scorer in world cricket.He played 200 matches with 53.79 average and scored 15921 runs.


3.Denis Compton

The one of the greatest of England started his career against New-zealand at The Oval .His made up century was in his second innings.he was named as Wisden Player of the year in 1939.He played 77 test matches with 45.37 and scored 5444 runs .


4.Martin Crowe

The New-Zealand great is one of the finest batsmen in world cricket.His test debut was against Australia in Basin reserve on Feb 26,1982.He retired from test cricket in 1995.


5.Graeme Pollock

The South African legend made his debut in test cricket against Australia at the Gabba in 1963.He made a wonderful century against Australia when he was just 19.He struck hundreds in his third and fourth Tests and finished with seven in total and an average of 60.97.


6.Garry Sobers

The West-Indies great is rated as the greatest player of all time to have played this game ever.He played his first test match against England in 1954.In a nutshell While Bradman’s status as the greatest batsman is increasingly under threat, no one raises an eyebrow at Garry Sobers being called the greatest allrounder. He broke the record for the highest Test score – 365 – at 21 and did 125 and 109 in consecutive innings against Pakistan.


7.Mushfiqur Rahim

About the inclusion of Bangladesh’s former test captain in this test XI,Wisden wrote,“ Still going strong at 33 years old, Mushfiqur Rahim already ranks as one of his country’s greatest cricketers. The diminutive, feisty wicketkeeper is the only gloveman to make more than one Test double hundred, and he has 60 percent of all 200-plus scores by Bangladeshis to his name.’’

Mushfiqur made his debut in a test match against England in the Lord’s in 2005.thsi wicket-keeper batsman has an average of 36.77 with 4413 runs in this format.The right-handed said he was ‘honoured’ to be named in the list .Mushfiq showed his gratitude posting on instagram, “Alhamdulillah. What a great feeling to be part of a team featuring so many legends! I am truly honored to be part of the Wisden’s Teenage Riot Test XI”.

8.Imran Khan

The Pakistan and world cricket’s legend and an extraordinary leader was the captain of the world cup champion Pakistan team.Wisden chose this great leader as their captain of this XI.This great all-rounder made his test debut against England in 1971 on Edgbaston. Undoubtedly the greatest cricketer to have braced Pakistan, Imran Khan’s excellence transcends statistics. It eclipses trophies, medals, and titles.

9.Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble, an unorthodox wrist spinner who didn’t turn the ball much, was  India’s greatest ever match-winner.No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble.The Wisden wrote about him,“Another to play only a solitary game before turning 20. With 619 Test wickets to his name, no one to start out as a teen has been more prolific with the ball.’’He made his test debut against England in Manchester in 1990.


10.Wasim Akram 

The Sultan of Swing,Pakistan great is one of the rare talents in world cricket for sure as he never played first class cricket before his international debut.he made his debut in Eden Park against New-Zealand in 1985.He ended his career with 514 test wickets and 5 times 10 wickets  in a test match.


11.Pat Cummins

Other than Musfiqur,another active player in this XI ,the Australian made his debut against South Africa in Wanderers Stadium in 2011.The fiery Australian is showing his class continuously in world cricket.His test bowling average is 21.52 with 153 wickets from only 32 matches.

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