Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is celebrating his 250th wicket in ODI. Photo: ICC
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the most successful Bangladeshi bowler fulfilled his 250 wickets dream in ODI cricket in the ongoing Asia cup against Afghanistan.
The right-arm fast-medium bowler is the first ever Bangladeshi to reach the 250-wicket milestone by taking two wickets against Afghanistan, superseding ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who picked up 243 wickets.
To reach the peak, Mashrafe, aged 34, started his ODI career on Nov 23, 2001, against Zimbabwe, played 194 matches.
Mashrafee also left world fastest Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar behind, who picked up 247 wickets in ODI cricket before the Afghanistan match.
Mashrafe, Bangladesh captain, entered in the 22nd place in the 250-wicket-takers list by taking two wickets in the last match.
In 1997, Pakistan’s fast bowler Waqar Younis was the first owner of 250 wickets in ODI.
Earlier, Bangladesh got a nail-biting three runs victory in the last ball against Afghanistan in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup at Abu Dhabi to keep the hope alive of playing final.