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Kohli believes Mustafizur will be a threat

  • Published at 06:18 pm November 13th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman bowls Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mustafizur Rahman is not in the best of rhythm after going wicketless in the recently concluded three-game T20I series

India captain Virat Kohli praised Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman and believes the left-arm pacer will be a threat for the Indians in the upcoming two-match Test series, which will start from Thursday at Solkar Stadium.

Mustafizur is not in the best of rhythm after going wicketless in the recently concluded three-game T20I series.

But Kohli said an experienced pace bowler like Mustafizur will still pose a strong threat in red-ball cricket.

“Mustafizur is a very good bowler. We’ve played against him quite a bit. But red ball…I think any left-arm seamer is a very different kind of bowler that we’re used to playing a lot. So yeah, it just requires extra focus because you don’t play left-arm seamers that regularly when you don’t have them in your team. So it’s a challenge, but we must look forward to those challenges,” said Kohli during the pre-match press conference in Indore Wednesday.  

“Not that we get bundled out against left-arm seam, but we’ve found it more difficult purely because we don’t play them on a regular basis. So he’s going to be a threat, he’s going to be a key player for Bangladesh. He’s an experienced bowler and he’s been around for a while, and he knows the Indian batsmen as well, having played the IPL and so on. But we’ve played against him a lot as well. So I think it will be about keeping focus and concentration against a good bowler and try to come out on top,” he added.

Mustafizur has played 13 Tests so far, and took 28 wickets with the best bowling figure of 4/37.