Mustafizur Rahman may win Purple Cap soon in IPL

The Bangladeshi left arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman doesn’t have the purple cap in the Indian Premier League at the moment, nor is he in top 5 in the wicket taking list, but, there is no bowler in the whole tournament that has been as impactful as him.

He bowls the 19th over for Hyderabad and the 19th over is the most important in tight games, even more than the 20th because it’s an over which sets the game up and as a team, you don’t want the momentum to go against you by leaking runs in that over.

But, rarely does Mustafizur go for more than ten runs in the 19th over and he always ensures the bowler coming on to bowl the last over has lesser pressure on him than the batsman.

And not only the penultimate over, Mustafizur is called upon by David warner whenever Hyderabad is under pressure, at any stage.

Warner doesn’t start the bowling with him, but, if there is hitting from the opposition early on, Mustafizur is his banker and the leftie almost always produces a tight over, giving away just 3 or 4 runs.

An over like that does not always find space in the highlights package because it is a sort of non-event. But, impact wise, any such over is huge.
You see the economy of Mustafizur, it is not even 7 in the whole tournament.

T20 is still arguable due to Boundaries Variations

It’s really arguable how fair it is to play Twenty 20 Cricket on small grounds with 60-metre boundaries.

Yes, to say that the Twenty 20 format is for sheer entertainment is a valid point and it is also acceptable that the main source of entertainment in Cricket is fours and sixes.

But, at the same time, you want the skill factor to remain in the game as well and don’t want the mishits to carry to the fence which they often do at most of the venues these days.

Also, from the bowlers’ point of view, it’s so harsh. The game is already unfairly tilted against them with the rules and a lot of other things which include the flat pitches and massive bats and now, to have the boundaries so short as well, it’s like demoralizing them.

Yesterday in Bangalore in the first qualifier game of the Indian Premier League 2016, the batsmen were defeated so many times with spin and bounce, but, still the splices or the half hits as they call them, they all flew over the ropes and there was a smile on the bowlers’ face every time it happened because it was ridiculous.

Ideally, the game should always be balanced where every player can feel he will get the rewards of executing his skills well.

Chris Morris is quickly becoming the all rounder that South Africa had been searching for a long time

Chris Morris is quickly becoming the all rounder that South Africa had been searching for a long time.
Morris, at a young age itself, was identified as someone who could take the place of Jacques Kallis as the genuine all rounder in the South African line up.
But, he couldn’t quite convert his batting potential into performances in the early stages of his international career.
However, recently, the manner in which he has finished a couple of games for South Africa batting at no. 8, it would have given a lot of encouragement to the team management.
If he had not been there, South Africa would probably have lost the One Day International series against England.
In the 4th game which was a must-win for them, the Proteas had got only two wickets left in the shed and they were still 50 odd runs short of the target.
It was almost all over for them, but, only for Morris to come up with an absolute master class from nowhere and just run away with the chase.
And, that innings was special because it was played in tricky conditions.
The ball was seaming around that night in Centurion and hitting through the line was not the easiest job in the world.
And, to prove those people wrong who were of the view that the Centurion knock was a mere fluke from Morris, the 28-year old did it again in the first twenty 20 game against England in Cape Town.

Mashrafe Mortaza made Bangladesh more Stronger

Since the time Mashrafe Mortaza has been appointed the captain of the Bangladesh limited over teams, the Tigers have gone from strength to strength.
There were quite a few who had dismissed the World Cup showing of Bangladesh as a mere fluke, but, in the ongoing home season, Mortaza’s boys have shown that they have actually raised their game and they deserve each and every win that they have secured in the recent times.

After clean sweeping Pakistan, they downed India 1-2 and that too quite dominatingly.

Now, they are up against South Africa and though, South Africa is a better team than Pakistan and India at the moment, they might as well end up rolling over them.

Mortaza has actually made these young Bangladeshi players believe that they are good enough to fight against any team in the World.
The Bangladeshis always had talent, but, what they lacked was the self belief.

They did not have an aggressive and thoughtful leader who would ask them to think about victory every single time.

The way Mortaza’s field settings and bowling changes have been, it has impressed everyone.

In the games against India, at times, he had 7 fielders in the 30-yard circle. He was not ready to give the batsmen easy singles at all and was virtually challenging them to go over the top if they could.

Also, the all pace attack that he went with, India would surely have not expected that.

Bangladesh’s strength has always been spin bowling and it was assumed Mortaza would go with three-one combination with himself, Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed as the three seamers and Arafat Sunny the spinner.

But, the 31-year old brought in the surprise package Mustafizur Rahman and that guy made all the difference at the end.

Mortaza, the bowler, might be on decline, but, Mortaza, the captain, is certainly on the rise and he is taking the Bangladeshi team to another level.

Aussies might have been much higher in the test rankings than Bangladesh

The Aussies might have been much higher in the test rankings than Bangladesh, but, they must be ready to face some challenges on their coming tour to the subcontinent nation.

The Bangladeshi side has improved immensely in the last couple of years in all formats of the game.

They are no longer a side whom you believe you would just turn up and sink.

Towards the end of the last season, they beat the likes of India and South Africa in One Day Internationals.

They had South Africa under huge pressure in one of the test matches as well and had it not been for rain, they perhaps would have emerged winners.

So, they have been giving big teams a run for their money and there’s no reason why they wouldn’t be able to push Australia to the limits.

Especially, at this point of time when the kangaroos have to go through a bit of a transition following the retirements of their prominent faces.

The heroes of Australia’s 2013 Ashes win i.e. Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson have all retired and the batting line up is far from being settled.

David Warner will also not be there in Bangladesh as he fractured his thumb during the England One Day Internationals and has been ruled out of Cricket for a couple of months.