After winning first two matches against New Zealand in the ongoing series, Mahmudullah led the country to 12 T20Is win that made him the most successful captain for Bangladesh in this format. Mahmudullah earlier was in top spot with 10 T20I wins as captain.
Mahmudullah will also become only the eighth player in this world to play 100 matches in this shortest format of cricket if he plays tomorrow’s match as Bangladesh gear up to wrap up the series.
Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (116) and Mohammad Hafeez (113) India’s Rohit Sharma (111), England’s Eoin Morgan (107), Ireland’s Kevin O'Brien (103) and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (102) and Ross Taylor (102) were the other seven to complete century of T20I matches.
Mahmudullah’s T20I cricket career began on 1 September, 2007 against Kenya. Since his debut, Bangladesh played 108 matches in this format and Mahmudullah was in 99 matches. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan have played 88 and 86 matches respectively for the country.
Mahmudullah's record with the bat is also enviable. As a lower middle order batsman, he had to go after the bowlers right after coming to the crease but he did that job well and scored 1702 runs with a strike rate of 120.9. He is so far the second highest run-getter for Bangladesh in this format after Shakib Al Hasan’s 1755.
Bangladesh also got some memorable victories, thanks to his powerful batting. His six was catalyst in Bangladesh’s win against Pakistan in Asia Cup T20I in 2016 and he also played a magnificent knock in Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka to take the side to the final.