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19 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Fizz happy to prove him in vital moment

The unsung hero of Bangladesh
BSS, Dhaka
Fizz happy to prove him in vital moment
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (C) rushes to congratulate Mustafizur Rahman (R) after taking the wicket of West Indies’ Andre Russell (L) during the CWC 2019 match at The County Ground in Taunton on Monday. AFP Photo

Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman was not fazed by the criticism of the people who have come down on him recently for his inconsistent performance.

Mustafizur leaked runs in abundance and he lost his pace as well as he is not effective in the pitch which is not helpful to his stock weapon ‘cutters’, which critics pointed out to lash out at him.

“I really don’t care what people said of me and what their opinion about me is. When I am good everything is good.”

And Mustafizur, adorably called as The Fizz proved how good he can be on his day.

Shakib Al Hasan may hog the limelight with his sublime ton but the unsung hero of the match should be Mustafizur Rahman, considering the fact that he literally prevented West Indies from propelling the score past 400.

Someone who didn’t watch the match could be surprised by the fact of 400 but it was on the cards when Shimron Hetmyer was batting with brutal force. And as Andre Russell, unarguably the biggest hitter of the world at the moment was set to come, Bangladesh were left think how they would stop this juggernaut.

With Shai Hope playing with assured hands, Shimron Heymyer just killed Bangladesh’s bowling and at one phase West Indies was milking runs at 14 per over. Mustafizur himself was taken in disdain by Shai Hope who took 19 runs from his one over.

But he refused to give up hopes as Mashrafe put faith on him and gave the ball. He made the ball talking and dealt a double to take out Hetmyer and Rusell in four balls to put end to West Indies hope making any big scores.

That Bangladesh got a chase-able target of 322 in batting paradise is only for Mustafizur magical over. It shouldn’t be exaggerated as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza himself pointed out this over of Mustafizur as the turning point of the game.

Mustafizur finished with 9-0-59-3. So how Mustafizur nailed this-the soft spoken man however just casually said, “They were hitting big in that time. The skipper gave me ball and I tried my best.” And it was Mustafizur indeed.

But what he said latter was unlike Mustafizur.

“I got the wicket of Russel many times before, not only today. I think, Russell feels a little shy against me, I wanted to use that.” He said they were not worried even though they got big target.

“Everyone was saying that the wicket is good. Except me everyone can bat well, including Mashrafe.”

“Winning every match is important and if we play well we can go into the semis.” He said he feels good with new and old ball and he sees no difference in it.

“From the time of my debut, I have been bowling in the death over. I still feel the same, no difference.”

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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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