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17 January, 2018 01:09:07 AM
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Fizz gradually gets back lethal form

He can now bowls at average speed of 85mph
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Fizz gradually gets back lethal form
Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman (C) celebrates after the dismissal of Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor during the first ODI match of the tri-nations series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Monday. AFP photo

If his performance following his injury made the people apprehend about his sustainability in the top class cricket, Mustafizur Rahman’s bowling against Zimbabwe gave an indication that there is no necessity to show qualms right at the moment.

He returned a figure of 10-1-29-2 but more importantly he was the at his deadly best, using his cutters even in the dew affected pitch to precision and skidded the ball what the pitch demanded to strangle the batsmen.

While people were trying to write him off, his hard work at the nets paid the dividends in bringing up the best of him, according to assistant coach Richard Halsall who said they were not much used to see a fast bowler working such passionately to hone his skill and get back his best. Even though he is yet to get back the pace he needs, Halsall said he is very pleased to see his dedication.

“If you look at elite baseball, lots of their pitchers have a similar injury. Pitchers throw at 90 mph, but it takes them two years to throw at 90mph. I think Mustafiz is 18 months since his injury. He bowled the cutters and his pace is creeping back up to 85mph,” said Halsall.

“His cutter is brilliant as ever. His top-end is going up a mile an hour every week. It makes the cutter more effective. His confidence is coming back.”

“What is great to see is how hard he is working. He is constantly working at his skills. To see someone who is in love with his skill and passion, it is fantastic for everyone to see. We are used to seeing Tamim and Mushfiq in the nets, but to see a bowler behaving as he does in every training session, is very encouraging.”

Halsall at the same time reminded the performance of Rubel Hossain, who, according to him, did his job perfectly as the third seamer.

“We are trying to cover as many scenarios as possible. To have a third seamer, it allows your other bowlers to bowl in certain times. It is about moving people around, like a jigsaw,” he said.

“Rubel did a great job as a third seamer. He has to bowl when the batsmen are in, and unsettle them. He has to bowl in the death. Third seamer has a specific job, and Rubel has the skills to do that. He bowled some aggressive bouncers and then he bowls those yorkers in the end.”

While the performance of Mustafizur and Rubel was a pleasing experience, Halsall was in awe seeing the team depth that even a bowler like Mehidy Hasan Miraj had to be benched.

“I think we are very lucky with whichever way the experienced group of players the management decides to go, we have got the luxury of playing Miraz or Sunzamul. Bangladesh are blessed at the moment to go in different directions,” he opined.

And he stressed upon the needs of keeping the winning habit but of course not being complacent because of getting a facile victory over Zimbabwe.

“It is always important to win in international sport, because it reinforces what you think are the right processes. What we are doing in preparation – our talking, how the players conduct themselves, you spend a long time comparing. You only ever know you are doing okay when you play the match. Or you have to be mentally strong when you don’t win. Winning helps you reinforce good habits and helps you address things that you need to improve,” he remarked.

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