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Mushfiq hits back at critics

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mushfiq hits back at critics
Bangladesh’s Mohammad Naim (left) gestures to his teammate Mushfiqur Rahim during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday. –AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim said on Sunday that he was determined to prove his worth in the shortest format after receiving huge criticism for his form.

 Mushfiqur returned to form with a blistering unbeaten knock of 57 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup to brush aside all kinds of doubts regarding his credential in the shortest format.

Although Bangladesh conceded defeat against Sri Lanka by five wickets in a feisty clash, Mushfiq’s effort which was supported well by Mohammad Naim (62 runs) helped the Tigers post 171-4 in their innings.

Mushfiqur’s place in the playing XI was never in doubt across formats since his debut in international cricket as he hardly went through a prolonged slump.

However, it was not the case in T20Is in the recent past considering he was not among runs for quite some time, making his last T20 half-century in 2019 against India before coming up with this knock.

“T20 format is such that it is difficult to score runs on a consistent basis when you are playing at four or down the batting order. At times you are getting in during the fifth over and at times you are going in the 17th over so it’s very difficult,’’ Mushfiqur told reporters after the match.

“I am not like Pollard or Russell that I will go and slog right away. I can make it in two, four or six balls. I need some time and I have my own strengths and weaknesses so I am trying to improve.

“It’s right what I feel is that I’m not among runs for a couple of matches but what I feel after hearing all the things is that I’m not among runs for the last five to six years.

“What I feel is that this (criticism of not scoring runs in T20Is) motivated me and I will try to contribute for the team and it can be 10, 80 or hundred,” he said, adding that critics need to see their own face in the mirror considering they are extremely committed towards cricket.

“There will be a lot of things off the field. As a cricketer if you do well everyone will appreciate it and if you play bad everyone will treat you badly this is the rule. And this is not my first world cup. I have been watching all these things for the last 16 years.

“And those who blame us should look their face in the mirror because they don’t play for Bangladesh. We are playing for the country.  We all try to give our best. Someday we click, someday not,” he added.

Mushfiqur also informed that their batsmen needed to make sure whenever they got the start they capitalized like their Sri Lankan counterparts in the coming games.

Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 80 not out off 49 balls and 53 off 31 balls respectively and put up an 86-run stand for the fifth wicket which propelled their side to victory against Bangladesh.