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Mahmudullah

'I just couldn't feel anything the day I debuted'

Mahmudullah on meeting his hero, reacting to sledges, and dancing the Gangnam

Interview by Mohammad Isam

September 1, 2013

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Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim lead Gangnam Style celebrations, Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur, December 8, 2012
No numbness when it comes to celebrating series wins © AFP
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First time I met a hero
I was in class seven when I met [former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud] Sujon bhai. He came to play for Siraj Memorial Club in Mymensingh, where I found him during one of the matches and took his autograph. I didn't really talk to him.

First international match
It was against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in 2007. I just couldn't feel anything that day, I was very nervous. You can say I was numb. We bowled first, and it was a delayed start, so the nervousness didn't go away. I took two wickets for 28, one of which was a great catch that Tamim Iqbal took near the midwicket boundary. Later I scored 36 off 54 balls, coming in at No. 7. I am thankful to my brother Emdadullah, who taught me a lot of things. I am indebted to him for coming so far.

First memorable sledge
I usually don't sledge but I do remember the time I got into a bit of a verbal with Brendan Taylor in Dhaka. I told him to be quiet, because I think he didn't score many in that game and was getting a bit chirpy when I came out to bat. I have seen it on Youtube, but I don't really know if it is a popular video.

First hundred at the international level
It was against New Zealand in early 2010. I played very positively, and was prepared for that game. I played my shots, played my natural game. I have always thought back to the innings, and feel happy about it.

First time I danced after a win
After we beat West Indies in the fifth ODI in Mirpur last year. We won the series 3-2, and before the match I told the boys in the dressing room that we should do the Gangnam if we win. Everyone agreed to do it, but we didn't practise it, as was reported. But it was fun doing it in the end.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by siponus2007 on (September 3, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

my favorite player in bangladesh, i always felt he is the best batsman in bangladesh team , but he couldnt show all his abilities cz too many times his battign order has been changed , averaging 55+ in last nearly 10 matches proves his capabilitites , cricket is just not about talent u also need a strength and power adn strong , thats what riad has where most of the other bangladeshi players dont

Posted by Bangladesh5 on (September 2, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

Riyad has come a long way from being a bits and pieces player to a solid all rounder at the international level. Something to note here, since the 2011 WC, Riyad's average is 50 with a SR of an 82 with 5 fifties. This shows how key he has been for us in ODIs. In Tests, however, since 2011 WC, his avg has been only an 18. This is why I'm reluctant to put him in with the class of Tamim, Shakib, Mushy, and Nasir. He's on his way of getting there but he needs to make sure he performs better as a Test player in order to get more respect from the BD fans and the cricket world. I have confidence though that he'll only get better from here.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

i like him very much, he is a cool customer. i found him as a best at number seven n a quality finisher ever in bd cricket history, keep do it man i wish u all the best, thanx mr writer for a realy nice article of a real tiger

Posted by Abrar_10 on (September 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Such a fantastic personality Riad vai is! This guy will go a long way with Bangladesh team. He should bat a little high in the order to be more successful. Our best wishes are always with you Riad vai. May Allah bless you.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (September 1, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

He is very cool,Make him BD captain He will bring victory

Posted by Biggus on (September 1, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

I like this guy. The BD fans seem to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with him but from what I've seen of him (admittedly not ALL that much) he's a very useful player with some promising leadership qualities and I think if he works on them a bit more his offies could become a little better than change bowler stuff too.

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