Mustafizur Rahman has become an overnight star in the cricketing arena. The teenaged pace sensation had a dream debut against India as he picked up a five for. He then performed even better in his second ODI as he bagged a six for. Bangladeshi cricket fans are simply in awe of the young prodigy. Well, if you single handedly annihilate the world’s most celebrated batting lineup, then you indeed deserve all the praise and acclaim.
However, Mustafizur is still in his infancy in international cricket. The left arm seamer needs to be taken care of and managed efficiently in the near future. There have been several names in the past, who despite having great introductions in cricket, have faded away. Heath Streak, the bowling coach of Bangladesh feels that managing the workload of Rahman will be critical for Bangladesh.
Streak in an interview was recently quoted saying, “I think that’s where as a coach you have to be careful not to over-coach and just help guide them along.” “When assistance is needed, you remind them. It is a very important part of coaching. Some people need more coaching than others. We have to be careful how we manage him.”
“He is still very young. We have to be careful. He has taken 11 wickets but we can’t expect him to take five wickets every time. He has shown his potential. If we look after him and support him, he will be a big match-winner for us. When Mashrafe started, he was looked after throughout his career,” said the former Zimbabwean bowler.
Streak also spoke about the arsenal which Rahman possessed and said, “For me, he has to execute (his skills) more regularly and consistently. When you are training with the guys on a regular basis, you can make their skills better. There’s no magic trick. It is making sure they are training at a high level for a long period of time.”
“We discussed some other options (after the first ODI) if he didn’t succeed with what he was doing in the first game, some variations that we might have to try to counteract it. India would have seen his video footage,” he said.
Streak admitted that the plan to play four pacers against India reaped great rewards. “I have to give some influence. I work closely with the head coach and we thought the Mirpur wicket does help the seamers,” Streak said. “Mustafizur has been bowling well. We fought hard to get him into the T20 squad against Pakistan and he showed what he is capable of. Since then it has been good to have Mustafizur, Taskin and Rubel who we know can perform.”
“Mashrafe has been a consistent performer for Bangladesh for a long time now. We have a good group and we felt India wouldn’t expect that. We knew that conditions, if we can prepare the wickets to suit our style of bowling, would play into our hands.”
The Bangladeshi bowling coach also lavished praises on Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed. “We are starting to see Taskin and Rubel show a lot more experience and putting that into practice. In the first two games their spells were under-rated. Rubel’s wicket yesterday was at an important time for us. Taskin got Dhawan and Kohli in the first game, it was fantastic for us. Big positive so we must take our hats off to those guys,” concluded Streak.