Monday, 29 November, 2021

Mustafiz lacks planning

Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman seems to be lacking proper planning in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup and paying for it.

 Mustafizur, who had a noteworthy outing in the Indian Premier League, hardly managed to come close to his expectation in the six matches played in the ICC World T20.

Mustafizur, who troubled most of the batsmen in the IPL by bowling wide outside the off-stump, seems not interested to take the same route during the ongoing campaign of Tigers in the ICC World T20.

Instead, the left-arm pace bowler intended to bowl into the pads of Nicholas Pooran and paid the price for not going with the tried and tested path.

Whether IPL workload is taking a toll on the bowler is discussed in the cricketing arena.

Nazmul Abedin, Bangladesh one of the most experienced coaches, feels that more than anything else the left-arm pace bowler is lacking proper plans in place.

“I am not sure whether he (Mustafiz) is overburdened or not due to IPL because I am not sure but it looks like he doesn’t have any plan and he doesn’t know what to do,” Nazmul told The Daily Sun recently.

“You can bowl stumps to stumps with the new ball when a new batsman comes to the crease because they will be a little bit careful to face new ball swing but if you ball the same length at the death it can make problems,” he said.

“I don’t know whether his plan is clear or not. Is his plan clear about how he wants to make the batsmen play? He looked almost indisciplined. This is wrong that he is thinking batsmen will hit his ball if he will bowl in a good zone,” he added.

“He needs to ball with specific line and length according to plan and field set up to make the batsmen play,” he further added.

The 26-year old pacer claimed eight wickets from six matches so far in the global tournament but the major concern seems to be his economy rate as he is leaking runs quite regularly, 8.63 to be precise.

Mustafiz was posing a problem for most batsmen in the death overs but that seemed to be the case in the World Cup considering batsmen are going after him and managing to get big overs quite regularly.

“I think he had some problem with confidence at that time. He knows he is failing to live up to the expectations and he knows he had to bowl the last over despite he is not at his best and I think this is pressure,” Nazmul