New Delhi: Bangladesh cricket team captain Mashrafe Mortaza said that highly skilled pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman only concentrates on what he knows best.
Ahead of the crucial opening tie of the Asia Cup T20 opener against India, Mortaza said batsmen's homework against Mustafizur might not work.
"Mustafiz (that's how Mashrafe refers to him) has many variations of his slow cutters. It is only important as to how confident he is about the execution part. He does he not focus on opposition batsmen and only concentrates on what he knows best. You can do your homework against Mustafiz but it might not work," Mashrafe told mediapersons here today,” said Mortaza.
Mustafizur had an amazing debut against India last year, and was pivotal for the Tigers' ODI series win at home against the fancied Indian team.
Mortaza said that it is easier for him to guide the youngster who has no inclination towards what all is said about him.
"Mustafiz doesn't think about all things like what all is said about him. So, as a captain, it is easier for me to guide a boy who has no inclination towards all these external factors. And since he does not really care, it does not put him under any sort of pressure. I think Mustafiz is diametrically opposite of what people perceive him to be as he has got so much success so early in his career. What he does is to go out there and play and come back.”
Bangladesh will hope their young left-arm pacer impresses once again against India in Mirpur on Wednesday. Mortaza went on to laud the bowler and said he is capable of doing something others may not be able to do.
"But, at the same time, what he is capable of is something others may not be capable of. He is scared of only one thing when I am bowling from the opposite end," the skipper said.
The opening T20 tie between Bangladesh and India starts at 7:00 pm in Mirpur on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)