Cutter master Mustafizur Rahman was instrumental in bringing down Zimbabwe batting line-up in the first match of the Tri Nation Series. Bangladesh National Cricket Team assistant coach Richard Halsall highly praised Mustafizur’s persistence to return to his former glory.
Halsall expressed his elation at the hardworking spirit of the fizz during a post-practice press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Tuesday.
The man with the golden arm who is credited for being the catalyst of some of the biggest success of Bangladesh National Cricket Team in international cricket is looking all set to stage a comeback with his effective performance against Zimbabwe after a prolonged rough patch.
Richard Halsall being part of the coaching staff have witnessed Mustafizur’s struggle to attain his lost glory from a first person point of view which awarded him access to the chronicles of sleepless nights and sweat-drenched days of Mustafizur Rahman as the cutter-master prepared himself for the future triumph.
“It is really great to see that Mustafizur working hard to produce this amazing performance. He was toiled on his skills regularly. We are used to seeing Tamim and Mushfiqur in the nets every session but it was very inspiring to see Mustafizur running in at the nets every practice session,” said Halsall.
Bangladesh assistant coach likened Mustafizur’s journey to that of the pitchers of baseball. Both pitchers and fast bowlers face similar types of injury and have to go through the same procedures to regain their former speed.
“If you observe baseball pitchers, you will find that this type injury is prevalent among them. Pitchers can bowl with speeds of 90 mph and once they are injured it takes them up to 2 years to regain their former speed. It has been 18 month since Mustafizur has made his comeback. He is now bowling cutters and starting to bowl with speeds of around 85 mph. That’s why his cutters were so effective,” said Halsall.
Richard also hinted that Mustafizur is making continual progression and might exceed himself if goes on with this frame of mind.
“His pace is increasing by a couple miles every other week. This extra yard of pace was instrumental to make his cutter all the more effective,” opined Richard.
Meanwhile Halsall was very optimistic about the capability of his squad as he prized Bangladesh for having a competitive dugout.
“We have a lot of options for each position now a days. There is a capable alternative for every spot. Even a talented off-spinner like Mehedi Hasan Miraz has to warm the benches. The situation is equally competitive for pace bowlers as Saif, Raju are waiting for opportunity. For batsmen, the competition for a spot in the best eleven is even fiercer,” stated Halsall.
Bangladesh will face Chandika Hathurusinga’s Sri Lanka in their next match of the tri-nation series. Halsall seemed confident that his boys will be able to down their former coach’s side.
“Sri Lanka is a great team. We know their style of cricket. They have some quality players like Matthews and Lakmal along with a great coach like Chandika Hathurusingha. But our team can beat any side,” concluded Halsall.