It is fair to say that Bangladesh cricket has not seen the likes of Mustafizur Rahman in its short history. It will be a little questionable to say the world has not seen a bowler like him in recent times.
Arguable but by no means unreasonable, because it is not only the media of Bangladesh has been going Fizz-crazy. The amount of rumors, 20-year-old from a small village in Satkhira created around the world of cricket hides the fact that he has been playing baseball and boxing for a little over a year.
The Mustafizur fever should not obscure the fact that Bangladesh has been lucky enough in its 16 year history in the top echelon of cricket to boast a cricketer caliber Shakib Al Hasan, who has been in or near the part superior test, tables ODI and T20I road over the past five years.
Shakib and Tamim Iqbal lesser extent, has been promoting the name of Bangladesh not only in international cricket, but also in various T20 leagues around the world.
The most lucrative and popular of all league, the Indian Premier League, where he has been plying his trade Shakib as a regular member of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Thus, Mustafizur playing in the IPL is nothing new for the people of Bangladesh.
But while with Shakib, the question before each Calcutta game often was whether he would be picked up on a computer on which were only allowed four foreign players, with the effervescence had the strange certainty even before this season IPL began to Sunrisers Hyderabad pick it up in every game from the beginning to the end, barring unforeseen circumstances.
Such was the impression he made in his debut year. Its success – is now fourth in the graphics window-makers’ in the IPL with the best economy rate among bowlers who have bowled more than 10 off – also predicted with a degree of certainty to stimulating and jarring of Bangladesh cricket fans once.
Enough of that now, by the way. There is a reason why most of the world of cricket has been predicting the greatness of Mustafizur. It is the nature of his bowling. The renowned sports journalist Barney Ronay, for whom is Mustafizur ‘undoubtedly my favorite player of international cricket at this time’, offered his analysis of the noise factor in an article for the British newspaper The Guardian blog in March.
“Mustafizur is not fast. He the ball is not swinging a lot or have a snort gorilla. He is, on the face of it, a statistically strange daily deep beginner medium pace. He, however, has its own superpower in the form a subtle variation of mystery and seemingly devastating.
“Blessed with a freakishly supple wrist that can be adjusted through 90 degrees at the point of release, Mustafizur has found that it can give the cue ball jump and stop alarmingly without any change of action once the brightness has scratched and there is a bit of grip around. it is a home skill, a cutter who learned networks while weaning himself from jumping out of the left foot. it works well. His highlight reel is already full of balls spooning batters unit length to cover before trudging off helplessly swinging his bat through the imaginary line a half volley.
Bangladesh forget the habit of self-congratulation when a foreign note notice anything positive about the country. Instead imagine the effect a bowler, then less than a year old at the cricket, he would have had to have to make a wax lyrical English writer.
He had, after all, has not even gone to England to show their wares, nor had played a lot of Test cricket, a format that British greatly valued in forming a judgment about the cricketers.
As welcome as a compliment Ronay was, it was a little vague when he said ‘Mustafizur is not fast’. This was before the IPL, in fact before the World Twenty20, which edition best figures of five for 22 against New Zealand was recorded.
But the man whose slower balls still have not been discovered completely despite scrutiny video certainly exhaustive recently demonstrated the ability to step up the pace to beyond the mark of 140 kilometers per hour, which is in every way ‘ fast’. This abrupt change of pace – their slower balls oscillate around 120-125kmph – makes him doubly dangerous.
But Ronay should give applause Early booking; He realized effervescence before making a splash on the global stage. Now that it has become the most talked about cricketer in the sacred IPL, which is open season and dare can say without rookie cricketer in recent times has attracted so much attention only for his exploits on the field .
Several media in India as well as some Australians, have been singing its praises. At least, this has temporarily ended the theories ‘Indian’ conspiracy abound in the most vicious and full-Troll of social networks in Bangladesh sections.
It has become a product in great demand in the international market for cricket. Sussex County Cricket Club Sunrisers followed him signing the English counterpart of IPL: the Natwest T20 Blast. Now they are at pains to convince the world and its supporters Mustafizur actually make the trip to England to appear on their colors.
Mustafizur But there is more than it seems. He seems to be a young fiercely individualistic and is autonomous – Hyderabad captain, Australian David Warner tea, has had to learn bits of Bangla from Google Translate to communicate with his trump card, and not the reverse.
It also establishes their own fields, and is needed by poor communication with their captain and team management, form their own tactics and strategies – a rarity among young players these days.
Mustafizur is also, like most children of Bangladesh, prone to bouts of homesickness when away for extended periods, so its restriction Sussex is by no means a foregone conclusion, but Sussex were having none of that, with the coach Mark Davis insists they are excited that he has “probably the best bowler in the world at this time” on your side this summer.
When the news of his possible nostalgia and fatigue at the end of a long season of IPL were making the rounds, Sussex captain Lucas Wright responded by saying that he can have a few days off after the IPL, but I want him appeared.
So who else is there? The Australian Big Bash League? speculative articles already abound about which side of Big Bash compete for Mustafizur services. According to an article NDTV, coach Tom Moody Hyderabad is also a director of Melbourne Renegades, so the noise could be heading that way.
The article also says that his teammate Moises Henriques Hyderabad called it a “little genius’, and as Henriques is the pattern Mustafizur Sydney Sixers could be bound for Sydney.
While no one is sure what will, undoubtedly has international languages in constant motion in a way that is completely unknown for any cricketer of Bangladesh to him, or for that matter the players more international cricket today.
Last but not least – there can be few better indicators that has made it big when a news agency makes an in-depth on you. That’s what France-Presse (AFP) did when he wrote an article entitled “ante-baby murderer of Bangladesh takes tournament by storm” about his exploits IPL.
It was an in-depth article that revealed, among other things, that his father went to the post office in Tetulia to stop female fan letters into because it was time that Mustafizur focus only on cricket.
There is a long way to go to Mustafizur to achieve something close to the greatness of lasting cricket, and he certainly has to prove himself in the longer version, making \ waves in Test cricket.
But like his father, his fans will hope that he keeps in him, and with his incredible talent, keen intellect and will to improve cricket, that hope is not a fool.