Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Mustafizur's variations will be key for Tigers in United Kingdom

Rahman has lost a bit of pace, which makes him a little more predictable than earlier. And going into the 2019 Cricket World Cup, this is going to be Bangladesh’s prime concern. Over there, he is expected to take the new ball.

Sandipan Banerjee, May 02, 2019 21:02:35 IST

Nicknamed “Fizz”, Mustafizur Rahman will be spearheading the Bangladesh pace attack in the United Kingdom. Despite all his injury concerns and scratchy performances of late, Mustafizur, with all his variations will certainly play a crucial role in Bangladesh’s scheme of things in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The left-armer is leading the Bangladesh attack since his international debut right after ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. As a 19-year old, his back-to-back performances against Pakistan, India and South Africa in the 2015-16 home season made him almost an overnight superstar in his country. In the following year, he was a part of the championship winning Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League and took 17 wickets in 16 games, which helped him to bag the ”Emerging Player of the Year” award.

Mustafizur Rahman has gone for close to 10 runs per over in this series. Reuters

File image of Mustafizur Rahman. Reuters

In his early days, Mustafizur did not have much pace. So, in order to sustain on slow-low Bangladeshi pitches, he started to develop the left-armer's off-cutter. And later in his career, this particular variation became one of his trademarks.

Mustafizur’s international debut came in one-off T20I against Pakistan at Mirpur and he took 2/20, including the wicket of Shahid Afridi. From there, the southpaw never looked back.

Meanwhile, due his heavy workload for his country as well as various T20 leagues around the world, Mustafizur has suffered a lot of injury issues in the past few years. And it all started with a shoulder injury in 2016, during his stint with Sussex. The left-armer was out of the action for a while and later, after coming back, he was troubled by a hamstring problem.

But these injuries and frequent breaks from the game have taken a toll on Mustafizur’s bowling. He has lost a bit of pace, which makes him a little more predictable than earlier. And going into the 2019 Cricket World Cup, this is going to be Bangladesh’s prime concern. Over there, he is expected to take the new ball. But Mustafizur’s prime role will be in the death overs, where he is required to put all his experience of playing franchise-based T20 cricket around the world into play.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 13:44:25 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254