Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s impressive career has been a tale of his constant fight with injuries, and heroic comebacks.
The Bangladesh skipper was overwhelmed with emotion while reminiscing those days of struggle on Monday.
The occasion was the launch of his biography written by sports journalist and writer Debabrata Mukherjee.
The book, titled Mashrafe, sketches the fast bowler’s early life in Narail, where he grew up, his tryst with Chitra River, arrival of the ‘Narail Express’ in Bangladesh cricket, and the ups and downs of his career.
This is the first book written on his life.
It was released at the team hotel in Khulna on Monday, where the entire Bangladesh squad for Zimbabwe series and coaching staff were present.
A “unique” press conference was the highlight of the programme where Mashrafe’s teammates fired an array of questions at their captain.
National Team Coach Chandika Hathurusingha got on to the stage and jokingly remarked: “Mashrafe is so popular in Bangladesh that if he wants, he can join politics.”
The coach even enacted how Mashrafe walks around with a limp before a match. But he quickly added that Mashrafe gives not 100 percent but 200 percent on the field, forgetting about his injuries.
The book has been published by the Bangladesh Cricket Supporters Association (BCSA). It is rare for a supporters’ association to publish the biography of a player.
Mashrafe was moved by this unprecedented show of respect and affection.