Date of Birth01-10-1990
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Salma Khatun has been at the forefront of the growth of Bangladesh as a real force to reckon with since being given ODI status in 2011. Having been handed the reins at the very start, Salma Khatun has seen the team through a great deal, leading them to a silver medal in the Asian Games in China in 2010. After that, there was no looking back for the team or their captain, as they continued to show improvement over the years.
A wily off-spinner and highly underrated batter, Khatun is Bangladesh’s most successful bowling in T20Is. She often takes the new ball in T20Is, bowling tight lines, not afraid to toss the ball up and more often than not, picking up the early wicket. Not only is Khatun able to get the ball to drift away and spin in sharply, but she also has a wonderful arm ball, that is tough to pick – it’s one of her main weapons with the news ball.
Her tricks with the ball aside, Salma Khatun is also a more than useful batter as indicated by her career-best score of 75 not out against India in 2013. Having started off a top-order batter, the right-hander has pushed herself lower down, of late, giving priority to her bowling. However, whenever she gets a chance to showcase her skills with the bat, her front foot drives point to the strong technical base of a highly accomplished player.
The veteran was at the helm when Bangladesh clinched their maiden Asia Cup title, toppling India in the final in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. The team backed that up with another impressive performance in the T20 World Cup Qualifier where Khatun was the team’s joint-highest wicket-taker with six scalps. She subsequently led Bangladesh to the title in the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifiers and followed it up with a gold-medal effort in the South Asian games where Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in the final in Pokhara.
Salma Khatun continued her splendid run with the ball in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, taking six wickets in four games included a best of 3 for 7 against New Zealand.
- June 20, 2020
The trajectory of Bangladesh women’s cricket has definitely risen, but a lot of time, investment and hard work are needed to touch the graph which the men have attained.
- May 22, 2020
Rumana Ahmed said that few support women's cricket in Bangladesh, while talking about her own struggles at the beginning.
- May 10, 2020
Nigar Sultana Joty recollects Bangladesh's maiden Asia Cup title win in 2018 in a chat with S. Sudarshanan. She top-scored for them with 27.
- May 7, 2020
Jahanara Alam, Salma Khatun and Fahima Khatun have taken to various activities to keep themselves engaged during the current lockdown.