I don’t come to bat with an intention of becoming a batsman: Mashrafe

Rangpur Riders skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been doing well with the ball so far in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), but he has also now started to shine with the bat too.

When the team was stuggling and the required run rate was climbing, Mashrafe came at one down out of no where and changed the complextion of the game after scoring 42 runs off just 17 balls including 4 fours and 3 massice sixes.

After the match in the press conference, Mashrafe told what was the reason behind coming up the order: “I came at three to slog. Runs were not coming at that time. In the last two matches, I thought of coming at one down too, but that didn’t happen. Today there was some dew, so I thought of trying and it worked. Actually sometimes if you don’t think out of the box then its difficult to win such matches.”

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When Mashrafe came at one down, runs were coming slowly at that time and the required run rate was climbing. When asked if he was feeling the pressure, the skipper said: “I had no pressure. Actually when I come to bat, everyone knows that my wicket has no value. I try to take that advantage. I try to score some runs fast. I don’t come to bat with an intention of becoming a batsman.”

Will Mashrafe be seen coming up the order in the future too?

“You never know. It depends on the situation. As I said, I come to bat with no expectations. In the future, it can go against me. Even today, it could have gone against me. I could have lost my wicket while playing shots and then again I can perform well too.”