Though Mahmudullah has not yet made an official announcement of his retirement, rumors are circulating that he has expressed his desire to his teammates on the third day of the Test. Giving ‘Guard of Honor’ is a reflection of the rumor coming true. TV commentators also confirmed that the 35-year-old cricketer is bidding farewell to Test cricket.
After almost a year and a half, With this match he returned to Test cricket. he played a remarkable innings of 150 runs. It was said to be the rebirth of his Test career. But with this match he wrote the epitaph of white clothes. His 50th Test was the last Test of his career.
Dropping, returning, scoring a century and retiring, all together, became the last part of his career. He was dropped from the team after being bowled out for a bad shot in the Rawalpindi Test during a tour of Pakistan in February last year. There was no fifty in the previous 8 innings of that innings. Later, he lost the central contract of BCB in longer format.
After 18 months, this time the opportunity came before the tour of Zimbabwe. His name was not in the Test squad when it was first announced. However, Mahmudullah was included in the squad due to the injuries of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. He then got a chance in the Harare Test as the eighth batsman.
When he went to the wicket on the first day of the Test, Bangladesh was trembling after losing 6 wickets for 132 runs. He played a big role in rescuing the team from that situation. He brought the team a big score in the best 150-run innings of his career.
Then, when he was about to gain new momentum in his Test career, he stopped it. The career that started with the spark of bowling in July 2009, ended in July after another decade in batting fame.
Mahmudullah ended his career by scoring 150 runs in the return Test. Mahmudullah ended his career by scoring 150 runs in the return Test. However, his Test career remained incomplete. He started his ODI and T20 career for Bangladesh in 2006. Two years later, he got the Test cap on the West Indies tour. Although he did not bat well in his debut Test, he took 3 wickets in the first innings and 5 in the second innings. It is still the best bowling record for Bangladesh outside the country. He also took 4 wickets in the next Test.
Then he was a perfect all-rounder. Batting at number 7, with bowling. Didn’t have to wait too long for batting success. In the third Test of his career, he saw the first fifty against India in Chittagong. He played a great innings of 96 runs in the next Test. Seeing his batting in that series, Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar called him the best No. 6 batsman in the world.
He scored his first Test century in the next series in Hamilton on the New Zealand tour. It promotes his batting order that year. He didn’t make a bad start even after getting up at five. He made two fifties in two Tests against England.
Since then, there has not been much continuity. Occasionally a couple of fifties, getting settled and out again and again. Questions also arose about the place. Especially in the period from 2015 to 2016, his fifty was only 3 in 23 innings. Still, with a little batting, a little bowling and a good performance in limited overs, he survived in the team.
Then he went to the exit door a couple of times. Survive well at the last minute every time. After 6 years of drought, he finally got his second Test century in November 2016. The best time of his Test career since then. He scored three centuries in four Tests.
He scored a century in Hamilton on the New Zealand tour in 2019 and fifty in Wellington in the next Test. Then came the series of failures, the shots in the Rawalpindi Test in Pakistan, the omission and this time the return, and the farewell.
In all, he has scored 5 centuries in 50 Tests and 2,914 runs in 18 fifties at an average of 33.49. Before the last day, 43 wickets in bowling, that bowling in the debut Test is only 5 wickets.
These statistics say his Test career is not very rich. In the reality of Bangladesh though not very bad. But the impressions he had at the beginning, the expectations that have grown over time, or the heights he may have wanted to see in himself, did not match the demands at one point.