SCA Women’s U23 captain Riddhi finally meets ‘crush’ Mushfiqur

The long wait for Suarashtra Cricket

Association's U-23 women's team captain Riddhi Ruparel is finally over as his

crush Mushfiqur Rahim gives her the chance to take a picture with him.

As Bangladesh landed in India for a full bilateral series, Riddhi is

waiting when Mushfiqur would come in Rajkot as she was keen to meet him, whom

she describes as her childhood crush.

Mushfiqur Rahim didn't disappoint even though his epic 43 ball-60 that

scripted Bangladesh's seven-wicket win over India in the first T20 came

against her country.

But she is over the moon to get a chance to have a picture with her

childhood crush Mushfiqur Rahim.

The women's U-23 were present at the ground watching the Bangladesh

team's practice at Rajkot's Suharashtra Cricket Stadium.

Riddhi was waiting by the sidelines watching her favourite cricketer


I have been following him for two years. Last time I went to Bangladesh

and wanted to meet him and Shakib Al Hasan but they were in some of the

tournaments so I wasn't able to meet them. I represented Kalabagan [Krira

Chakra] in Bangladesh's league. Ridhi told reporters at the ground on


I idolize him because I am a wicket-keeper and a top-order batsman so

the way he played in the last game I feel like I also play like that.

Initially he took time but suddenly he changed the game. Even after the catch

was dropped, he was positive in his approach. He said 'I will make my team

win'. I idolize him and also want to play like him,' she said adding his

height played a part behind this adoration.

I think he is the smallest in international cricket and I am the

smallest in domestic cricket. Height doesn't matter as even short players can

make the team win, the small-statured cricketer said.

I idolize him and also Indian cricketers like [MS] Dhoni but their game

is totally different [to mine] so I idolize Mushfiqur because he has a

similar game to me.

The spirited cricketer's comments led to a discussion and Mushfiqur was

finally approached by a BCCI personnel who arranged for Riddhi to meet her


The shy but captivation Riddhi smiled from ear to ear when meeting her

idol. Mushfiqur was impressed when he heard that her fan is representing the

national U-23 side as well.

He agreed to a photo with his young fan. Good luck, Mushy told her

before leaving for the dressing room.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)