Mustafiz: Journey to ‘Cutter master’, a great fear to international batsmen’

Mustafiz: Journey to ‘Cutter master', a great fear to international batsmen’Cricketers of Bangladesh, commonly known as ‘Tigers’, have recently been a matter of fear for the old, famous and top ranked cricket playing nations in the world. Bangladesh is now known as ‘Tigers Den’.

Of the Tigers’s den, one of the youngest fears is Mustafizur Rahman who is literally from a village named Tetulia, close to Sundarbans, situated 45 kilometers away from Shatkhira District.

“Studies are not for me; please don’t force me to that. Cricket is my passion. Let me go for my passion”, he told his father once.

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And later on, he proved himself to be worth enough sticking to his passion. His father wished him to be an Engineer or a Doctor, but later after his great performance in international cricket, he expressed, “Today Mustafiz is not only my son, he is the asset of whole Bangladesh. It was a great decision to let him do what he wished to do.”

His bowling experience started from local cricket matches with normal tennis ball. showed great potentials and was sent to Shatkhira Government College ground for bowling test where he first took wooden ball but still got the attention of selectors.

Firstly he had faced the problem of line and length of newly taken new type of ball. His brother came ahead to support him and told him that he could. In next few balls he showed his hidden talent. His journey started from there.

His admirer, support and best friend was his elder brother Mokhlesur Rahman who inspired him much. Mustafiz used to go to Shatkhira on his brothers motorcycle early in the morning riding 45 kilometers long journey for practice or for any event. His brother fulfilled his demands and became the biggest support for him.

Almost seven years ago, he got chance in the team of district level and play divisional cricket tournament. He was in the team Shatkhira against Magura. In the first match he took two wickets and drew the attention of local coach Altaf Hossain.

He observed the hidden talent inside Mustafiz and had confidence on him. Altaf called Mustafiz’s brother Mokhles in the stadium and informed him about the potentials of Mustafiz.

Right then Mustafiz wished for a pair of sports shoe, Mokhlesur promised him if he could take three wickets in the next match he would bought him sports shoes. The young gun took three wickets against Kushtia and got a gift of a pair of shoe as promised.

Coach Altaf had always been beside Mustafiz to sharpen the edge of his bowling. Mustafiz used to practice locally in net at the ground of Bareya High School under the direct observation of Altaf. Later on he was nourished in district level by coach Mufassinul Islam.

He soon played in the divisional tournament and finally was sent to fast bowling trial in Sher E Bangla National Stadium supervised by national selectors. There he showed his talent and caught the attention of national selectors.

He made his position in under 19 cricket team. Not only that he played in under 16, 17 and 18 teams regularly.

The next stories are very well known to all. He is now one of the biggest fears of batsmen worldwide. He played in under 19 world cup in UAE and took 8 wickets there surprisingly and later on for his extra ordinary performance he was called for Bangladesh A team in West Indies.

He had his debut in ODI where in the first match he took five wickets and became the hero, a man of the match. In the next match he did even better, took six wickets and did a record.

In T20 international match he smashed team Pakistan and became a matter of surprise to the rest of the world. He did his excellent job in ODI, Test cricket, and T20 international cricket as well as in first class, list A and all the arena of cricket by the age of 21.

He is now the eighth icon player in BPL 2017 though he missed last BPL due to some injury and surgery in shoulder. Not only that he was picked up in IPL by Sunrisers Hyderabad followed by Sussex in English county cricket.

He is an exceptional type of bowler in the cricket history of Bangladesh. Initially he lacked speed but gradually he gained and now has an optimum speed according to the pitch condition. He is a left arm off cutter medium seam bowler.

As a left handed medium fast bowler he has played 5 Test matches having 12 wickets in an economy rate of 2.72. He has played 22 ODI having 44 wickets in the economy rate of 4.49 runs. And he played 17 T20Is having 27 wickets in the economy rate of 6.16 runs.

Internationally it’s an extra ordinary bowling figure. He has taken up the wickets of so many world famous hard hitter and specialist batsmen. He has always become a matter of research to the opposite team strategists.

Mustafiz was born in this day, 6th September, 1995. He is the youngest of four brothers in his family. He doesn’t have any nickname.

His brother Mokhlesur once told, “He doesn’t have a nickname, he has only one name on which the world will know him, Mustafiz”. His other brothers also had a cricketing background, they used to play locally.

His father is Abdul Kashem Gazi and mother Mahmuda Khatun. From his early childhood, Mustafiz has always been so polite and gentle. He has always obeyed his parents. A very calm and quite personality he holds. A handsome man with a gentle smile is the figure of him. He is always grateful to his parents, brothers, coaches and friends who used to be his support and still are.

Mustafiz has always become the inspiration for young generation. He, with his hard work and nourishment of talent, has become the youngest fear of bowling attack in the world.

Today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, second and series deciding Test match ended with Australia 377-9. Australia has now 72 runs lead with one wicket in hand.

Off the wickets in second innings of the match, Mustafizur got 3 so far and over all Bangladesh is now in a good position.
16 crore people of Bangladesh wish for his good, safe, long and successful career. He is wished to have a great “Happy Birthday”.

– Abu Sayem Dosar