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Mushfiq enjoys pressure at the top level

  • Published at 10:19 pm May 28th, 2021
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim attempts a scoop shot during their third ODI against Sri Lanka in Mirpur last month AFP

Mushfiq finished as the man of the series for his magnificent 237 runs, boosted with one century and a half century, in the just concluded three-match ODI home series against Sri Lanka

Being around for more than 15 years of service and earning the name as Mr Dependable, Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim does not allow the pressure to pile up on him.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said he is rather driven when the opposition see him as a big name player in the Bangladesh line-up.

The right-handed batsman finished as the man of the series for his magnificent 237 runs, boosted with one century and a half century, in the just concluded three-match ODI home series against Sri Lanka. 

The middle-order batsman in the format since 2019 has scored the most as a Bangladeshi batsman, 412 runs in six matches at a staggering average of 82.4.

Hosts Bangladesh Friday lost the third and final ODI by 97 runs, but had already secured the series 2-1 by winning the first two games where Mushfiq had been the key.

In the first two matches, Mushfiq, the two-down batsman, had to come early in the wicket following quick dismissals  but ensured carrying the innings to a defendable total scoring 84 in the first game and a 127-ball 125 in the second.

Mushfiq poses with the player of the series award AFP

There was trouble for Bangladesh with the bat in the third game too, but Mushfiq on the day could produce only 28.

“For international cricket and playing 15-plus years, you need to contribute more for the team and country. So that is what I look to do in each and every game and luckily I played well against Sri Lanka. But they are not easy side to play. They never give up and they always come hard at us. I was really happy the way I batted in this series and would try to continue more when I get the next opportunity,” said Mushfiq at the post-match presentation at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Friday.

“No, I enjoy it. Whenever there is some pressure or expectation on me I really try to cope with that pressure and stay calm. The opponent also see me as a big player and that encourages me to do well. I really enjoy that pressure,” he said.

Mushfiq is delighted for the team as they finally came out of the streak of defeats faced in the past few months.

Winning the first game of the series against Sri Lanka Sunday, Bangladesh broke their 10 defeats in a row across all formats.

“We had worked really hard for this series. It is probably that we have not played our best cricket in the last couple of months but luckily we have been able to come up with a good plan and executed well in the first two matches. Unfortunately we could not finish on a high note,” said Mushfiq.

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