Batsman Mushfiqur Rahim on Monday expressed his delight at proving his ability to play aggressive cricket, which helped Bangladesh complete a turnaround in their recent performance in international cricket.
Mushfiq struck a sensational unbeaten innings of 72 off 35 deliveries that propelled to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka chasing a target of 215 runs – the fourth highest successful chase in Twenty20 internationals – in Colombo on Saturday.
The 30-year old batsman smashed four sixes and five fours in highest successful run-chase by an
Asian team, a feat that surprisingly came as a surprise to Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan.
Nazmul told reporters in Colombo on Sunday that he was unaware of Mushfiq’s ability to hit sixes.
Mushfiq, who struck 22 sixes in Twenty20 internationals before this contest, however, took no offence in his comments.
‘Alhamdulillah, after the innings he [Nazmul Hasan] may think that I can
also play in such way,’ Mushfiq told reporters in Colombo.
‘He may have seen me playing in different way. In last two to three months, we worked really hard and it’s great to feel that it paid off. He might not have seen the practice. But it worked in the match,’ he added.
Despite hitting 117 sixes for Bangladesh in international cricket - the second highest by a
Bangladeshi behind Tamim’s 140 – Mushfiq’s ability of clearing the boundary got unnoticed by the BCB boss, which came as shock to Bangladesh cricket fans.
A day after Bangladesh’s ground-breaking win over the hosts in the Nidahas Trophy, Nazmul told reporters that he was unfamiliar with Mushfiq’s hitting big sixes as he just knew that only Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar had such power of smashing sixes.
Mushfiq was unable to justify his name in the shortest format of cricket earlier this year despite being country’s one of the finest batsmen with nearly 10,000 international runs, only behind Tamim and mercurial Sakib al Hasan.
But this year the former skipper seemed to have made a fresh start to his Twenty20, already hitting two fifties in two months, double than his record in past 12 years when he had just one fifty.
Mushfiq claimed that he always had the belief in himself to deliver his best in the format and was happy to perform in a crucial moment for the Tigers which gave them a thrilling victory.
‘You have to keep faith in yourself. If you don’t have the trust, you can’t do well. The wicket was great for batting. It’s quite normal that any of the batsmen would play such innings. I am happy that I could do that,’ he added.
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