The southpaw, who leaked 84 runs against the same opponents last week, felt he was gradually acclimatizing with the conditions.
The form of Mustafizur Rahman was becoming a major concern for Bangladesh but he seemed to be back on rhythm as he bowled brilliantly to pick up four wickets to be adjudged man of the match against West Indies in their tri-series match at Malahide Cricket Club on Monday.
Mustafiz, who is regarded as the chief weapon for the forthcoming World Cup, conceded 187 runs off 20 overs in his last two ODIs but he conceded only 43 runs including a maiden and more importantly, seemed to be in flow.
The southpaw, who leaked 84 runs against the same opponents last week, felt he was gradually acclimatizing with the condition.
“I have tried to perform better in this match. The condition is much colder here. Generally, in our country we bowl in 32-33 degree temperatures. Here I have to bowl in 7-8 degrees. So it is relatively tough to bowl here suddenly. I find some difficulties while bowling in the cold. But now I am trying to adapt to the condition,” said Mustafiz after the match on Monday.
“When you perform well it gives you confidence. I did not perform well in the first match, but I bowled well in this match. It’s good for me. It will give me confidence for the upcoming matches. I will try to perform consistently,” he added.
Mustafiz gave credit to his fellow bowlers as they restricted West Indies to a below-par total once again, and secured a spot in the final.
“Every bowler performed well today. Our start was not up to the mark as we conceded some runs. But we came back quickly and bowled in good areas in the middle part. So credit goes to the whole bowling unit,” he said.
In his first two years in international cricket, Mustafiz was known for his economical bowling along with amazing wicket taking prowess. But with frequent injuries, he seemed to lose his edge and often underperformed. Bangladesh still wrests hope on him and he said he is working hard to overcome his shortcomings.
“I always bowl in slog overs. It a habit to me. Ups and downs in performance are quite natural for a player. It’s also part of the game. When a player is new in the international arena, opponents might not have a chance to analyze him. But for me, I have played for a few years. So opponents are likely to know my strengths. But I am trying to improve my skills and will definitely try to perform better,” he concluded.
Bangladesh will play their next match against Ireland on Wednesday before facing West Indies in the final of the series on Friday.