Athletic

Cricket is not bigger than life but bigger part of life: Mashrafe

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza further demonstrated his passion for cricket as he played his side Dhaka Platoon's crucial Eliminator game against Chattogram Challengers with 14 stitches in his hands.

He could have easily skipped the match, given the gravity of his injury

that he incurred during his side's last group match against Khulna Tigers

while stopping a ball from powerful shots of Rilee Rossouw.

But the importance of the game made him desperate to play it, without

giving the injury a thought. Dhaka couldn't win the game despite Mashrafe's

earnest endeavor as Chattogram beat them by seven wickets and eliminated them

from the race of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) final.

However, the courageous decision of the cricketers further hogged the

limelight as he took the field, despite knowing that further injury could

have made the situation worse.

Mashrafe's philosophy was very simple as he said he believes that cricket

is a big part of his life if not bigger than his life.

Cricket is not bigger than life but obviously bigger part of my life he

said while his attention was drawn to why he played with such serious injury.

Mashrafe is unarguably the only sportsman in the history who has still been

playing the game of cricket with seven operations on his two knees apart from

going under knife several times for other injuries.

The doctor in different parts of the world warned him about the risk of

keeping him engaged with the game after such operations, but he paid little

heed to it and still continues the game he loves.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)