Mustafizur Rahman, the ‘cutter boy’ from Satkhira, has taken the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) by storm. With 13 wickets in 10 games along with a phenomenal economy rate of 6.18 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Bangladesh pacer, popularly known as “Fizz”, is nothing short of a revelation. Following his heroics in this event, young Mustafizur is currently the bowler to watch out for in world cricket.
Cricwizz decoded the success mantra of this left-armer and came up with five reasons for his success:
Fizz’s variations: From deceptive slower balls to lethal yorkers and the trademark cutters, this 20-year- old left- arm pacer seems to have everything in his armoury. His variations are ideal for T20 cricket and in this IPL, Mustafizur has used it exceptionally. Batsmen are yet to find an answer to his variations and this is the major reason behind his success.
David Warner’s handling of Fizz: The SRH skipper David Warner has handled him brilliantly. He hasn’t given the new ball to Mustafizur, instead has kept his overs for the crunch moments. The youngster also hasn’t let his skipper down with his performance.
Support from fellow bowlers: The other members of SRH bowling unit have also contributed to Mustafizur’s success by providing him the support at the other end. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Moises Henriques have bowled a tight line and length to keep the pressure on the batsmen, both in the starting overs and towards the end. This has forced the batters to take risk against Mustafizur.
The game awareness of Mustafizur: Having the variations is one thing, but knowing which one to bowl at what point in time is more important and, one must say, Mustafizur knows this. He is aware of when to bowl his cutters and when to use the toe-crushing yorker. In his short career so far, this boy has already developed an exceptional game awareness and this is one of the prime factors behind his success.
Encouragement from back home: Mustafizur is a product of the recent renaissance in Bangladesh cricket. He is carrying the flag of his country in this IPL. There has been a huge fan following for him back home. They all closely follow every move of Mustafizur in IPL. Even Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and national skipper Mashrafe Mortaza recently praised Mustafizur for his heroics in IPL. These encouragements from back home must have motivated him to give off his cent percent on the field.