ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Mustafizur Rahman hopes famed off-cutters work against India

PTI, Jun, 13 2017

Birmingham: Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who tormented India's famed batting line-up two years ago, is eyeing an encore in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final clash provided his off-cutters start working in English conditions.

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Two years ago during India's tour of Bangladesh, Rahman rose to the limelight by bagging five-wicket hauls in two consecutive matches against the world champions. India and Bangladesh will square off in the Champions Trophy semi-final on Thursday.

But Rahman, who has picked up just one wicket from three games, is worried about the fact that his famed off-cutters are not working in England like they do in sub-continental conditions.

"There is no end to improving. My cutters are more effective back home. It is not working that well here, but I am still trying," Rahman was quoted as saying by Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper.

"We have reached the semi-finals...With a semi-final against India in the offing, everyone is in high spirits. I hope that something good will happen," he said.

"I always try to execute what I am thinking about and I try to give my best."

Rahman is optimistic about a good result against India but said the Tigers need to produce a collective effort for that to happen.

"We always believe in ourselves. If everyone has a good day, then I hope something good will happen," he said.

Published Date: Jun 13, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 13, 2017

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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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