Saifuddin is our special bowler: Mashrafe
When Al-Amin Hossain and Shafiul Islam were hitting for boundaries after boundaries in the second ODI against Zimbabwe, there was a lack of Mohammad Saifuddin. In the death overs, the young man had been a huge impact for Bangladesh in recent years.
But Saifuddin was rested for the match. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza thought that decision was right. According to the Bangladesh captain, Saifuddin, with great potential, has to be maintained with much care.
Saifuddin returned to international cricket after 5 months with this series after suffering a back problem. The pace bowling all-rounder had a great performance in the first match.
Saifuddin was laid to rest on Tuesday in the second match. Mustafizur Rahman also got rest. Al-Amin and Shafiul got the chance in their place. Zimbabwe almost matched the target after getting 77 runs in last 5 overs of the match by Al-Amin and Shafiul. Al-Amin conceded 85 runs in 10 overs and Shafiul conceded 76 runs in 9 overs.
If Saifuddin might have been in the match, there would be a bit more difficult for Zimbabwean batsmen. Mashrafe too believed that. However, after the match, the captain said the night dew had troubled the two pacers at a cost.
“Saifuddin is our special bowler, especially in death bowling. The two played well, they have a good record. Recently played well in T20I. Due to dew, their work was difficult. At the beginning, a catch was dropped in Al-Amin’s bowling. It could have been something else if it was caught. But Saifuddin is certainly good at death bowling.”
Mashrafe believed that his decision was to rest Saifuddin’s was right for his career and future, even though the team was in danger.
“Saifuddin is one of the great resources and prospects of this team. I think he will serve Bangladesh cricket for 10-11-12 years more. Not played today, because he just returned from injury like a stress fracture. It’s too risky to give pressure on him,” Mashrafe said.
“Stress fracture is such an injury that, if it comes back, it can go out for a year and a half. He has to be very careful. Even if we lost the match, I would say that it was a good decision to rest him.”