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Mujeeb Ur Rahman becomes first 21st-century born cricketer to play Tests

Sports Desk: Afghanistan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman became the first 21st century born cricketer to feature in the longer format of the game. Mujeeb, who was born on 28 March 2001, created the record while playing for his country against India in a historic one-off Test match played at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

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Interestingly, Mujeeb became the sixth player since 1900 to make his first-class debut in a Test match. Meanwhile, the other players who made their first-class debut in a Test match are as follows.

  • Graham Vivian (NZ) 1964-65
  • Ujesh Ranchod (Zim) 1992-93
  • Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban) 2001-02
  • Yasir Ali (Pak) 2003-04
  • Nazmul Hossain (Ban) 2004-05
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Mujeeb also had a successful Indian Premier League season playing for the Kings XI Punjab. He picked 14 wickets in 11 matches before he got injured in the cash-rich league. The youngster was bought by the Punjab franchise for a whopping price of INR 4 crores.

The 17-year-old had also become the first International player to be born in the 21st century earlier when he played for his national team in limited-overs format.



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