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Mustafizur Rahman’s star is starting to fizz out

Mustafizur Rahman’s star is starting to fizz out

For a long while, Bangladesh’s pacer Mustafizur has looked like a shadow of the player he was and was disappointed with his performances. The recently concluded T20I series against India was no different. He even struggled on the track in Delhi which was perfect for his skillset of bowling cutters and he ended the series without a single wicket and gave away runs at an economy rate of 9.51.

In his last 10 T20Is, he’s picked only nine wickets in 33.4 overs, conceding 315 runs at an economy rate of 9.35.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo and captain Mahmudullah backed Mustafizur right through the series but with a T20 World Cup due in less than 12 months, Mustafizur must find back form.

“He is a quality bowler. He is a match-winner and our most experienced bowler. We know that a big performance is just around the corner. Bowlers are under pressure in this format, particularly with a wet ball against top-quality batters on good wickets,” Domingo had said ahead of the series decider against India.

“I think in every cricketer’s life there comes a time when he fails to perform in 3, 4 or 5 games. But I think he is a champion bowler and we expect more from him,” said Mahmudullah after the defeat in Nagpur.

“He could not perform according to our expectations. But we shouldn’t rethink anything about him. We should all support him in times of struggle. And the way he is practicing, I think he is just one match away from his best.

“He is working hard and he is concerned about his lack of form and is talking with the coach as well. So it’s not like that if he takes a break or is dropped… [that it will solve the problem]. I don’t feel that way because you have to support a champion bowler. He is our match-winning bowler and when he will return to his full rhythm then Bangladesh will win more matches.”

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