IPL helps Mustafizur to play well at the international level
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Wed Aug 18 2021
Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman believes a good performance in the Indian Premier League in the UAE will boost his confidence ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. Therefore, IPL helps Mustafizur to play well at the international level.
The left-arm pacer looked quite unbeatable in the recently concluded series against Australia, cleverly using his versatility, and wants to keep publications like this for New Zealand as well as for the rest of the IPL. Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan are expected to get NOCs for the IPL while England’s tour of Bangladesh is rescheduled.
Mustafizur Rahman told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (August 17) that he is happy with his current form and wants to continue it. “Naturally (I believe) for the upcoming series against New Zealand, IPL, and ICC T20 World Cup because I am in good detail now and look forward to continuing it. It will help internationally. It does because you will be playing against the best there and I think if you can do well there (IPL) as compared to international cricket then it becomes a lot easier.
“The best players in the world compete in this tournament and if you are successful, it will definitely boost your confidence. IPL helps Mustafizur to play well at the international level, I am sure it will happen to me as well. Will happen because if I do well in IPL then definitely. Believe in me from World Cup,” he said.
Rahman had little in terms of career before the IPL, but it looked like he was getting closer to his former self at the time of his stint with the Rajasthan Royals, picking up eight wickets in the tournament, which was one of the best matches of the COVID-19 pandemic. Were in the grip – it was suddenly stopped due to 19 reasons. If his IPL performance had instilled some self-confidence in him, and he is thankful to the Royals’ coaching staff, especially batting coach Sid Lahiri, they helped him.
“There was a coach named Sid Lahiri and he helped me a lot in the camps in Rajasthan. In fact, not only he but everyone did small good deeds and felt great too. In fact, I was always eager to learn. Some little advice like whether I need to do this in certain situations to help me better critique things when I’m in the middle.”
The 25-year-old, who was instrumental in Bangladesh’s success in the home T20I series against Australia, was taking advantage of his bowling prowess – such as the cutter and the slower ball.
“It was not a wicket where you can experiment a lot and so I didn’t try too many things and just try to follow the basics,” Mustafizur said. More accurate delivery after trying it in recent days.
“I need to work slow (delivery) on my backhand. I have a lot of control over it but need to speed it up,” Rahman said.