Mahmudullah – Bangladesh number eight

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Number eights have played on our mind in recent months. At Cricinfo, we pointed out that there are some serious batsmen at eight these days. At The Wisden Cricketer, we identified Bangladesh as being a prime culprit in this regard.

Bangladesh’s number eights have averaged more than the batsmen who’ve come in at two, four and six so far in their short history. Mahmudullah has been responsible for this of late. He’s only in his fifth Test, but he now averages a gnat’s pube under 50 and has played all his innings at eight or lower.

We’re particularly fond of Mahmudullah for the fact that he doesn’t seem to use his first name, Mohammad. You’ve got to like someone who thinks: “I’m Bangladesh’s number eight batsman. The time is ripe to join Prince, Madonna and the first six Mughal emperors in mononymous glory.”

A word of warning though, Mahmudullah: for every Akbar (one of our heroes), there’s a Sting.


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  1. Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t Mohammad Mahmudullah
    mean Mohammad Mohammad of God?
    So good, they named him twice! Just like Kris Kristoffersen.

  2. One-namers are good. They can take surnames off the double-barrelled and restore the natural order.

  3. What, so you’d end up with Christoper Martin and Mahmudullah Jenkins? Is that how the natural order works?

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