Mohammad Ashraful

Country: Bangladesh
Born: July 07, 1984, Dhaka
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak, Legbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Mohammad Ashraful Bio

Mohammad Ashraful, born on July 7, 1984, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a former professional cricket player who represented the national team. With his rise from a young prodigy to a troubled cricketer, Ashraful’s career has been a rollercoaster ride, filled with both exceptional performances and unfortunate controversies.

Known for his inconsistency as a batsman, Ashraful often left fans frustrated with his inability to produce consistent high scores. However, there were moments when he displayed his immense talent and potential, leaving a lasting impact on the cricketing world. One such highlight was his debut Test century in 2001, becoming the youngest player to achieve this feat. Ashraful’s unbeaten 158 against India in 2004 and his magnificent 100 against Australia in 2005 further solidified his reputation as a player capable of creating magic on the field.

One of his most notable performances came during the 2007 World Cup when he scored an innovative 87 against South Africa, helping Bangladesh secure a stunning victory. These moments of brilliance made Ashraful a figurehead for Bangladesh cricket, attracting attention and admiration from fans around the world.

However, Ashraful’s career was marred by inconsistency and his struggles with maintaining form. With a batting average and a 50+ score rate of approximately 15%, critics argue that he never fulfilled his immense potential. Although some critics label him as an underachiever, those who have interacted with him believe that his lack of confidence hindered him from reaching greater heights.

Ashraful’s journey in cricket began under the guidance of dedicated coach Wahidul Gani, at his academy in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. He made his club debut for Amorjyoti and subsequently caught the attention of selectors due to his promising talent and youthfulness. His inclusion in the national team in 2000-01 reflected the selectors’ focus on promoting young talent.

After his impressive performances in the 2007 World Cup, Ashraful was appointed as the captain of the Bangladesh team. However, his captaincy stint did not yield the expected results and affected his individual performance. Additionally, he faced allegations of willingness to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League, further tarnishing his image.

Ashraful’s captaincy was short-lived as he was stripped of the role and faced regular exclusion from the team due to a lack of impressive performances. Despite the setbacks, he made a comeback in March 2013 with a remarkable innings of 190 against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test. Many believed that this innings marked a turning point in his career, showcasing his evolved playing style and earning him praise.

Unfortunately, just as his career seemed to be on an upward trajectory, Ashraful was implicated in match-fixing and spot-fixing allegations during the Bangladesh Premier League. He eventually admitted to his involvement, leading to his suspension from all forms of cricket by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. This incident not only tarnished his reputation but also highlighted the dark side of cricket and the temptations players face.

Mohammad Ashraful’s legacy in Bangladesh cricket is complex. While he possessed exceptional talent and entertained cricket enthusiasts with his magical performances, his inconsistency and involvement in match-fixing tainted his career. As fans, critics, and the cricketing world reflect on his contributions, his story serves as a reminder of the challenges players face and the need for integrity in the game.

Mohammad Ashraful Career Stats

Mohammad Ashraful Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 61 119 5 2737 190 24 5940 46.07 6 8 335 22 25 0
T20Is 23 23 0 450 65 19.56 356 126.4 0 2 48 11 4 0
ODIs 177 169 13 3468 109 22.23 4947 70.1 3 20 354 29 35 0
FC 183 331 10 9192 263 28.63 - - 21 42 - - 87 0
List A 280 268 25 6185 141* 25.45 - - 11 31 - - 65 0
T20s 87 82 6 1694 103* 22.28 1477 114.69 1 5 182 36 24 0

Mohammad Ashraful Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 61 67 1733 1271 21 2/42 3/75 60.52 4.4 82.5 0 0 0
T20Is 23 8 138 210 8 3/42 3/42 26.25 9.13 17.2 0 0 0
ODIs 177 40 697 661 18 3/26 3/26 36.72 5.69 38.7 0 0 0
FC 183 - 12880 7487 214 7/99 - 34.98 3.48 60.1 - 7 0
List A 280 - 2669 2269 74 5/23 5/23 30.66 5.1 36 1 1 0
T20s 87 26 371 488 25 3/13 3/13 19.52 7.89 14.8 0 0 0

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