IPL 2016: Moises Henriques hails ‘little genius’ Mustafizur Rahman

first_imgIndia, who toured Bangladesh in 2015, were jolted by a young left-arm pacer in the opening match. Chasing a 308-run target, MS Dhoni and Co. were bundled out for 228. Thanks to Mustafizur Rahman who shone on debut with a five-wicket haul. The lanky pacer didn’t stop there. Two days hence, he came up with a six-wicket haul and led his team to a historic series win. This time his victim-list included the Indian skipper. Mustafizur was celebrated by the cricket world and he just needed two matches to become Bangladesh’s new national hero. (Full IPL coverage)  The 20-year-old left-armer impressed on his Test debut also. He scalped a four-for against South Africa at home.  As expected the Indian Premier League franchises were willing to spend big money on Mustafizur during the IPL auctions.  Eventually, Sunrisers Hyderabad added him to their pace armoury at Rs 1.4 crore.Undeterred by what was happening around him, Mustafizur kept doing what he does the best. At the recently concluded World T20, he stole the show with nine wickets from three matches at a staggering average of 9.55.And in the IPL, he is already making heads turn with his game-changing bowling performances. Mustafizur has taken seven wickets from five appearances and has an impressive economy of 5.75 in the tournament that is known for the big-hitting and small grounds.On Saturday, Mustafizur was named the Man of the Match for his four-over spell against Kings XI Punjab in which he took two wickets and conceded only nine runs. The Bangladesh star put the brakes on Punjab’s scoring rate by bowling 16 dot balls.’Special talent’advertisementDavid Warner, the skipper of Sunrisers, was elated with the performance of his pacer. “Mustafizur Rahman is a special talent, Bangladesh should be privileged to have him. His change of pace and execution is brilliant,” he said. (Also read: Ecstatic David Warner praises ‘special talent’ Mustafizur Rahman) “It is early on in the tournament but hopefully he can keep continuing his form. His change of pace and knowledge of the game is very good,” he added.Warner also said Mustafizur felt a little nervous at the post-match ceremonies as the Bangladesh pacer is not being able to speak English.”He always says to me ‘bowling no problem, but speaking and batting problem’,” Warner said.Asked how he was communicating with Mustafizur, Warner jokingly said: “It comes before the game: Google Translate. And I’ve got a friend at home who speaks Bangla, so I get him to text me a little bit.”The Australian opener praised Mustafizur saying the pacer knew what he wanted to do on the field and was able to set his own fields. “But when you’re out on the field he knows what he’s got to do and he sets his field. If I disagree with one of his field placements, it’s pretty easy to communicate.”‘Little genius’Warner’s Australian teammate Moises Henriques, who is also plying his trade with Sunrisers this season, was equally overwhelmed by Mustafizur’s show on Saturday.”The little genius was at it again tonight at the death,” he said.”We know if we can keep the pressure on up front he’ll do the job for us at the end. It’d be interesting to go back (in history) and see a bowler who’s bowled three of the last six overs and still only gone for eight or nine runs in their four,” Henriques, who removed David Miller and Glenn Maxwell in the same over on Saturday, said.last_img

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