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17 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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‘The value of extra practice’

Mushfiq applies it correctly
Sports Reporter
‘The value of extra practice’
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (L) hugs his hero Mushfiqur Rahim after winning the ACC Asia Cup ODI match against Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Saturday. BCB Photo

When the scorching heat and nasty humidity in Dubai was unbearable for every player engaged in the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Saturday night, one man stood tall defying the environmental adversities and he was not even fully fit—Mushfiqur Rahim had the injury concern prior to the match as he experienced pain in rib. But he was the burning example of how a tough practice and agonizing training session could help a player to put the extreme condition and niggles out of the equation.

In an interview with The Independent recently he revealed his practice method to conquer the UAE heat and much to his delight, his practice method paid him the rich dividends.

“To be honest I am a big preparation player. I try to make as much preparation as I can. I keep practising until I am satisfied personally. Every player has different preparation processes. For some, it’s just one or two session of practice and they get prepared, but I can’t do that. I take more time. The more practice doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed to be successful in a match but, at least, it gives me confidence,” he told in that interview.

He also said that most of the time he trained under burning sun to make him adjusted with the Dubai condition. There was no denying fact that Mushfiqur is one of the immensely gifted players Bangladesh have ever seen but still he is the hardest working member of Bangladesh team  as he believed only practice could guarantee that your talent won’t be wasted. Those who are the regular at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium saw Mushfiqur training hard always even when there was no cricket and prior to the Asia Cup everyone saw how he invested some three or four hours in scorching heat despite the regular practice session ended. The 144, his sixth ODI century indeed was the result of that extra three or four hours practice.

As Bangladesh were reeling to three for three effectively with Tamim being retired with broken wrist, Mushfiqur unarguably played the most valuable knock the country has ever seen, beating the extreme humidity and heat. He smashed 144 off  150 in Bangladesh’s 261 all with three balls being unused, meaning he alone contributed 56 percent run of the innings. Sri Lanka even couldn’t come close to Mushfiqur, let alone Bangladesh as they were bowled out for 124 to loss the game by 137 runs, giving Bangladesh their highest margin victory outside the home.

His 144-run knock, which contained 11 fours and four sixes was probably the best of his career.

“Probably the best I've batted because it's difficult to concentrate with the heat and the running between the wickets as well,” he said after the match. But he also lauded the effort of opener Tamim Iqbal.

Mushfiqur Rahim was stranded at 112 when Mustafizur Rahim fell to a rather silly run out. Mushfiqur’s face fell, knowing that it was the last wicket since Tamim Iqbal had already gone off the field with a fractured hand.

Sri Lanka were already celebrating what they thought was the last Bangladesh wicket when Tamim Iqbal caught everyone by surprise and decided to come out to bat again at No. 11. Tamim faced up to Suranga Lakmal with a broken wrist and fended off a short-length delivery with just the top hand.

Mushfiqur managed to add 32 more runs on the board after Tamim came in. At the post-match ceremony, the right-handed batsman paid tribute to Tamim. The left-hander’s dedication to the team’s cause, ignited the fire inside Mushfiqur, who played some blistering shots to go along with some rather inventive and cheeky efforts.

“(I was) really surprised to see Tamim come to bat, it’s a great gesture,” said Rahim after being declared Player of the Match. “When I saw him, it boosted me to do something for him and for my country.”

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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