Bangladeshi all-rounder Mahmudullah returned to full bowling capacity for Dhaka Metropolis after a prolonged sabbatical due to injury to the Chittagong Division in the 2019 National Cricket League.
Mahmudullah had suffered an old shoulder injury at the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton when he dived in the field. Subsequent scans on his shoulder before the ICC Men’s 2019 Cricket World Championship resulted in a Class 3 rift that prevented him from turning his back on the 50-over event.
He then played in the ODI series with three games against Sri Lanka after the tournament and in the subsequent one-time test against Afghanistan, but not with full intensity. That happened during the NCL, where he bowled over 39 over two innings and scored six wickets for 80 runs.
“I could not bowl for seven months because of my shoulder injury, so I tried to bowl a few overs in the middle,” Mahmudullah told reporters after the game ended on Sunday, October 13th. “I had a good bowling workout when I tried to throw as many overs as possible because that was my goal, my bowling always gives me some confidence in my beating.
“We were told we had to play two or three games [at the NCL], and our coach Russell Domingo told us so everyone was focused and everyone was trying their best.
“We have the India series ahead of us, it’s a big series, and every national player is trying to perform and get a chance in the squad.”
Mahmudullah had a good outing as he also scored 63 in the only innings in which Dhaka fought, which brought them to 354 and led the first innings in response to Chittagong’s 290.
He entered at 66/2 when captain Marshall Ayub did not retire and put together a half-century estate with Shamsur Rahman, 55. Wickets crashed when the partnership was cut short, but he kept going and added another 47 with wicketkeeper Zabid Hossain, who finished ninth with 85 points before being dismissed as the sixth man with 186 points.
“I would have been happier if I had a hundred points,” Mahmudullah said. “The bowlers got help on the second or even the third day, so I probably scored two or three runs in the first 30-40 deliveries because I wanted to stay on the wicket and score when my opportunity came.”