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Full name Mohammad Mahmudullah
Born February 4, 1986, Mymensingh
Current age 29 years 52 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Central Zone (Bangladesh), Chittagong Kings, Dhaka Division
Also known as Riyad
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||West Indies v Bangladesh at Kingstown, Jul 9-13, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Nov 12-16, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Jul 25, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v India at Melbourne, Mar 19, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Kenya v Bangladesh at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 1, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v Bangladesh at Basseterre, Aug 27, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Zimbabwe A v Bangladesh A at Bulawayo, Feb 13-16, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Nov 12-16, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Zimbabwe A v Bangladesh A at Kwekwe, Mar 3, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Bangladesh v India at Melbourne, Mar 19, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kenya v Bangladesh at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 1, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||West Indies v Bangladesh at Basseterre, Aug 27, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/4, 21||Bangladesh||v India||Melbourne||19 Mar 2015||ODI # 3641|
|128*, 0/22||Bangladesh||v New Zealand||Hamilton||13 Mar 2015||ODI # 3634|
|103||Bangladesh||v England||Adelaide||9 Mar 2015||ODI # 3630|
|0/29, 62||Bangladesh||v Scotland||Nelson||5 Mar 2015||ODI # 3624|
|0/49, 28||Bangladesh||v Sri Lanka||Melbourne||26 Feb 2015||ODI # 3615|
|23, 1/31||Bangladesh||v Afghanistan||Canberra||18 Feb 2015||ODI # 3605|
|-||Bangladesh||v Ireland||Sydney||12 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|83, 1/17||Bangladesh||v Pakistan||Sydney||9 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|36, 1/14||Bangladeshis||v Aust XI||Brisbane||5 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|42, 0/10||Bangladeshis||v Aust XI||Brisbane||3 Feb 2015||Other OD|
An allrounder who bowls tidy offspin and bats in the middle order, Mahmudullah has spent the last three years figuring out how fickle form can be. In late 2012, he was the star who derailed West Indies to their first ODI series defeat in Bangladesh, and was a step away from captaincy. A poor season later, his place was continually questioned and he was even dropped for the 2014 Asia Cup. After another five months, Mahmudullah finally found form and became an automatic choice.
Born in Mymensingh, a district located 115km to the north of Dhaka, Mahmudullah learned his game in his hometown before coming to the capital to take part in the ACC U15 tournament in 2000. He played in the 2004 U19 World Cup at home, and the following year made his first-class debut for Bangladesh A. He also spent part of that year in the MCC Young Cricketers and became a regular club and first-class cricketer back home in the 2005-06 season.
He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2007 and was labeled a limited-overs specialist for some time and he delivered in short bursts, hardly setting the world on fire. But his eight-wicket haul on Test debut (including a five-for in the second innings) against West Indies in 2009 spurred him on as he suddenly averaged 193 with the bat in the ODI tri-series against India and Sri Lanka later that year.
It got better as he slammed his one and only international hundred, in a one-off Test against New Zealand in Hamilton. The crowd held their breath as he drove the fast bowlers imperiously through the covers, fleetingly drawing comparisons with India's VVS Laxman.
His most telling contribution so far has been the 159 runs he made against West Indies in the home ODI series in 2012. He was holding the innings together as well as playing the match-winning role. The next two years were a struggle, but after a reasonable performance against Zimbabwe in the 2014 winter, he confirmed his place in the 2015 World Cup squad.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.