The wonder kid of Bangladesh cricket, 19 year old Mustafizur Rahman called his former coach Ranadeb Bose after his dream Test debut against South Africa in Chittagong.
Mustafizur took four wickets in the rain marred draw Test. As the Test got over, he called his former mentor Ranadeb Bose, the former Bengal Ranji cricketer, who was very close to India selection in the year 2007, but lost the selection call for Australia tour to Ishant Sharma.
Ranadeb Bose, who was famous in Bengal for his swing and cutters, confirmed Mustafizur’s call. He said, “During my tenure with BNCA I understood that he has high potential to excel in international cricket. But, I never thought that a shy teenager will blossom into a sensation in international cricket in short a time.”
Bose was the bowling coach at the Bangladesh national academy between 2012-14 when he included Mustafizur among his group of trainees. “I was asked to choose 10 bowlers and Mustafizur was third on my list. I was immensely impressed by him in the training sessions and wanted him in the group,” Bose said after Mustafizur’s dream ODI debut agansit India last month.
Mustafizur did not forget his master in the awake of massive publicity that he has been enjoying after making his debut against India last month.
Satkhira boy Mustafizur once called Bose after the series clincher against India, but Bose was not available that time.
This time Bose and Mustafizur had a long conversation. An emotional Bose later said, “I am delighted since he did not forget me.”
“One day he will be big star in international cricket.”
“I have weakness for him as being a village boy it is always difficult for him to make a footmark in international cricket,” the former Bengal medium pacer asserted.
India and Bangladesh may be two different countries, but the emotional attachment is still tangible. Former Bengal medium pacer “Sir” Ranadeb Bose and his star student Mustafizur Rahman are also no different.