Mithun’s versatility impresses Helmot

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 10,2018 | Updated: 00:29, Sep 10,2018

 
 

Bangladeshi cricketers (from left to right) – Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain, Mohmmad Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain and Nazmul Islam are seen at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport prior to their departure for Asia Cup on Sunday. — BCB photo

Simon Helmot, the head coach of High Performance Unit of Bangladesh Cricket Board on Sunday said the versatility of batsman Mohammad Mithun could fit him in any spot of the national team during the forthcoming Asia Cup, scheduled from September 15.
Helmot, who was in charge of the Bangladesh A team during their last away series against Ireland counterparts, was highly impressed with the 27-year old cricketer, who had an outstanding series with the second string Bangladeshi side.
‘[I was] pleased with fellow like Mohammad Mithun, who did so well [during the Ireland series] and find himself in the Asia Cup squad,’ said Helmot.
‘He [Mithun] can bat anywhere between one and seven for sure. I think he is versatile cricketer. He plays well against spin and pace,’ he added.
During the five-match one-day series, the wicketkeeper-batsman struck 191 runs at an average of 63.67 against a strong Irish side including a brilliant 80 off 39 balls in the series-deciding final Twenty20 match to prove his ability in the white ball cricket.
Mithun, who represented Bangladesh in three ODIs and 13 Twenty20 internationals, got the immediate result of great performances as he was picked for the national side for the upcoming Asia Cup.
Mithun, who mostly played as a middle-order batsman in that series, got promoted as an opener during the third and final Twenty20 where Bangladesh were chasing a target of 184 runs in 18 overs.
The right-hander used the best of the opportunity to hit seven fours and six sixes with a blazing strike rate of over 200, guided Bangladesh A to a thumping victory to lift the series with seven balls to spare.
The Tigers, who left Dhaka for UAE on Sunday to participate in the 12th edition of the tournament, were struggling with some injury concerns as their top-order batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Sakib al Hasan and middle-order batsman Nazmul Hossain were recovering from some finger injuries.
Lower middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman’s exclusion from the national team could also give Mithun a chance at that position for his long time experience in domestic cricket and power-hitting ability.
However, Mithun’s recent performances in these spots were giving Bangladesh high hopes of getting a suitable player to deliver solid performances in the tournament.
‘He [Mithun] also plays well from back foot and front foot, so he is versatile cricketer and he keeps it as well,’ Helmot added.
Bangladesh’s Asia Cup campaign will kick off on September 15 when they will take on Sri Lanka in their first Group B match in Dubai.
Bangladesh will face Afghanistan on September 20 in Abu Dhabi in their final group stage match while top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super Four round.

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