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Dhaka Tribune

Fortune favours the brave, says captain Mashrafe

Update : 18 Jun 2015, 09:11 PM

Mustafizur Rahman’s dream debut was just the icing on the emphatic 79-run victory Bangladesh achieved over India yesterday. The rookie seamer bagged five wickets for 50 runs as Bangladesh’s four-man pace attack took the world champions down in the first match of the series.

19-year old Mustafiz arrived at the post-match conference yesterday flanked by his skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who later revealed that it was not a hunch but he was “confident” of the left-arm pacer doing well in this sort of wicket.

Mustafiz, who idolises Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamer, might have been a brave man out in the field but international cricket is still new to him and thus, he was more shy than anyone expected him to be.

“It was my first one-day and I was very happy that it was against a big team like India. I took five wickets and all were very satisfying,” said Mustafizur.

He thanked his elder brother (third among four) without whom yesterday’s achievement would not have been possible.

“I lived in Satkhira and the place where I practised was 44km away from the practice venue. Everyday at 7pm, my elder brother, Mokhlesur Rahman, used to take me there and it is due to him that I came thus far.”

Mustafiz made the Indian world-class batsmen dance with his “cutter” deliveries, which Mashrafe described, “spun more than the spinners.”

“One day at the nets during our Under-19 practice, [Anamul Haque] Bijoy bhai asked me whether I can bowl cutters.

I said I never tried but I definitely can. That very day, I tried to bowl cutters and it went very well. Even Bijoy bhai was getting out off my cutters.”

Mashrafe said they planned on playing Mustafiz and he gave away the new ball to him believing he would do well. The four-man pace attack was a really planned combination as he also felt that Arafat Sunny was unlucky in missing out.

“Sunny is a really good bowler, especially in these conditions. He was unlucky to be left out to be honest. Since I became the captain I always preferred three pace bowlers and this time, as I said, Mustafiz is a bit of a different bowler. He has variations and his stock ball is very difficult to play in these conditions.

“It was a big decision, but fortune favours the brave,” Mashrafe added. 

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