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Mashrafe: Mithun provides balance in middle-order

  • Published at 10:20 pm October 25th, 2018
Mohammad Mithun

Mithun scored 37 in the first ODI against Zimbabwe and remained not out on 24 when he struck the winning six in the second match

Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza believes Mohammad Mithun has given the side a balance and he believes the middle-order batsman has to understand his value to improve himself in the international arena. 

Mithun, the 27-year old, who is yet to play any Test match, got a call-up for the first time yesterday in the Test squad for the two-match series against Zimbabwe that starts from next week. 

Mithun, who made his debut in both the shorter formats back in 2014, has been a disappointment in T20Is as he has made just 90 runs in 13 matches at an average of 10 but he rejuvenated his career in ODIs through two fifties against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Asia Cup in the UAE, and continued the form in the ongoing home series against Zimbabwe. 

“He has given us a balance. Now he has to understand his value in the team and need to perform regularly,” said Mashrafe to media Thursday ahead of the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe. 

The skipper also informed that he has seen talent in the right-handed batsman and asked him to accentuate his skill by following some technical advices. 

“When I saw him playing in the NCL for Rangpur, then I thought his batting is positive. Since then I have discussed with him about how he can improve his batting. I told him to prepare himself by discussing his batting with a technical coach. When he got the chance, we could not give him his original batting position. But this time we managed to give him batting position,” said Mashrafe. 

Mithun scored 37 in the first ODI against Zimbabwe and remained not out on 24 when he struck the winning six in the second match. 

Mashrafe thought the batman could have prolonged his innings in the first game but the skipper was happy with his current form.  

“Now he is very confident and playing well. He needs to keep doing hard work to maintain his good form. In the first ODI, if he could have extend his fifty into a bigger score then it might have been good for the team as well. But anyways he is playing well now. It’s definitely positive for the team,” added the captain.


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