Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman believes that his the slower balls and the cutters will be his best ally for the World Cup in England in May later this year.
Mustafizur rose to prominence with his trademark fast off-cutters, troubling the best batsmen in the world, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the best white-ball bowlers. But now, having seen his rise stunted somewhat, with injuries playing their part, the pacer is hoping to stick to his strengths at the all-important World Cup.
In a statement to Cricbuzz he said:”I don’t have many things apart from slower balls and cutters. For me, those [slower balls and cutter] are very important deliveries and I am hoping to stick with it. But I am trying to learn new variations. The wicket will be good for batting (in England) but I will try to give my best.”
Mustafizur said that he is not in a hurry to make a comeback immediately and is rather looking forward to completing the rehabilitation program as planned. “It’s normal to feel the pain. But there is no need to hurry because there are many days to go. There are breaks between the matches. I hope there won’t be any problem. Injuries are uncertain. You can get injured at any time.”
When asked whether he is aware of the expectations in the upcoming World Cup, Mustafizur said that he is coping with it since his debut. “I played in Twenty20 World Cup before but this is going to be my first ODI World Cup. I always had extra responsibility. Everyone expects from me so I always have more responsibilities. I always try to give my best because everyone has expectation from me.”