Mustafizur Rahman may win Purple Cap soon in IPL

August 4, 2016

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.

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November 14, 2012

The former captain of Bangladesh cricket team, Shakib Al Hasan, has said that he enjoyed batting at no. 3 in the World T20 Championship and he would like to continue batting at the same position in the limited over formats of the game.

Shakib generally used to bat in the middle order in the ODI and T20 matches for Bangladesh. But, in the World T20 Championship, the Bangladesh team management decided to promote Shakib in the batting order. Shakib looked quite comfortable batting up the order and he played a brilliant knock of 84 runs in the group stage match against Pakistan.

When asked whether he is happy with his new batting position in the T20s, Shakib said, “Yes, I am happy with my promotion in the batting order. When you bat in the top order, you get a bit of time to settle down and then, you can play your shots in the death overs.”

When asked about his inning against Pakistan, Shakib said, “We needed to win the match by a big margin to qualify for the super 8 round. We lost some early wickets, but, we had to keep playing aggressive shots. It was very hard to go after Saeed Ajmal, so, I decided to attack the fast bowlers of Pakistan and they helped me by bowling some wayward deliveries.”

When asked about the overall performance of Bangladesh in the World T20 Championship, Shakib said, “The team should have played much better cricket.  Our spinners were out of nick in both the matches and that was the main reason why we didn’t do well in the competition.”

“Our fielding was also not good in the competition. We dropped quite a few catches and you can’t afford to do that when you are playing against the top international teams.”

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