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Full name Khondokar Mohammad Rajin Saleh Alam
Born November 20, 1983, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Current age 29 years 185 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, East Zone (Bangladesh), Sylhet Division
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi, Aug 20-24, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v New Zealand at Dhaka, Oct 25-29, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Bangladesh at Multan, Sep 9, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Jaipur, Oct 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||East Zone (Bangladesh) v South Zone (Bangladesh) at Dhaka, Jan 2-5, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Rajshahi Division v Sylhet Division at Bogra, Nov 2, 2010 scorecard|
|Only Twenty20||Rajshahi Division v Sylhet Division at Bogra, Apr 23, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|11||Sylhet Div||v Rajshahi Div||Bogra||23 Apr 2013||T20|
|7, 38||East Z (BD)||v South Z (BD)||Dhaka||2 Jan 2013||FC|
|23||East Z (BD)||v North Z (BD)||Bogra||27 Dec 2012||FC|
|0/4, 15, 0||Sylhet Div||v Dhaka Metro||Rangpur||7 Dec 2012||FC|
|17, 3||Sylhet Div||v Rajshahi Div||Savar||1 Dec 2012||FC|
|0, 31||Sylhet Div||v Khulna Div||Rangpur||23 Nov 2012||FC|
|15, 0||Sylhet Div||v Barisal Div||Barisal||16 Nov 2012||FC|
|132||Sylhet Div||v Dhaka Div||Sylhet||9 Nov 2012||FC|
|0/20, 32||Sylhet Div||v Chittagong D||Savar||2 Nov 2012||FC|
|6, 0/11||Sylhet Div||v Rangpur Div||Rangpur||20 Oct 2012||FC|
He may not have been the prettiest stroke-maker in the country, but no one could deny Rajin Saleh's resilience as a cricketer. Apart from a decent technique and temperament that let him bat for long hours, he had the gumption to take blows to the body while batting and when fielding near the bat. He was athletic, could do the hard yards, and like Khaled Mashud, taught Bangladeshi cricketers about the need of optimum fitness to last in international cricket.
Rajin was in the forefront of Bangladesh's maiden Test win when he added 119 with Habibul Bashar, before shepherding the innings past the 300-mark, a rare occurrence in those days. He also scored a match-saving fifty in the next Test, securing the series for his team. Two seasons later he struck two Test fifties against Australia at home. He also made a gutsy half-century on debut against Pakistan in 2003 - 60 runs coming in five hours - to keep Bangladesh in the game for five more hours.
Born in Sylhet, he was always the rock behind the district or divisional side's batting which was always colored by Alok Kapali's strokeplay. Rajin was a star in the age-group competitions which prompted him to be asked to field as a substitute in Bangladesh's inaugural Test in 2000. He would make it a memorable occasion by catching Sachin Tendulkar at short-leg.
He would also go on to captain Bangladesh in the 2004 Champions Trophy in England after regular captain Habibul Bashar broke a thumb.
He, however, lost his place frequently afterwards for failing to capture an ODI spot. He struck his only century in 2006, 108 against Kenya, and was in the 2007 World Cup squad but after the successful tournament, Rajin played only seven more Tests in which he struck a fifty against Sri Lanka and took a screamer against India.
He continues to play domestic cricket in the Dhaka club scene as well as for his beloved Sylhet, where he has opened a cricket academy.
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