Bangladesh’s ODI skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza has already attained legendary status in the crazy cricket nation. He has been on the international circuit since 2001.
He played a massive role in transforming Bangladesh from a minnow status to one of the most entertaining sides in international cricket over the past decade. The 34-year old had been the backbone of Bangladesh bowling for the bulk of his career.
However, like all good things, Mortaza also could be playing his last world cup next summer in England. He had so far managed an impressive 238 wickets for Bangladesh.
To manage his work balance, he had already retired from both Test cricket and T20 Internationals.
His sole focus is primarily on the World Cup next summer and is looking in fine form. His recent heroics in Dhaka Premier League had helped his side Abahani Limited reach the title.
Mortaza inspired from Broad’s action
With modern cricket changing so fast, there is always room for learning. Mortaza who had almost been an international cricketer for two decades realises this.
He is making subtle changes to his bowling like his wrist position and seam position to improve his skills. The veteran speedster is absolutely keen to perform well on flat wickets.
“I have tried to bowl in a semi-cross seam position much like England’s Stuart Broad. I worked with my wrist position like the way I always do. But for me, the focal point was to learn some new tricks that would help me get a better result in flat wickets,” Mashrafe quoted.
His primary focus is to bowl well on flat wickets, as he expects flat wickets in the upcoming global event. The Bangladesh team did quite well in the Champions Trophy last summer. They managed to reach semifinals albeit many results going their way.
“It was a flat wicket during the Champions Trophy, and it would be the same in the next World Cup so felt that something new should be tried. I could grip the ball with seam-up and cross seam, but this time I opted to see how it goes with a semi-cross seam,” he noted.
Mortaza is keen to play a major role in the world cup and had already started his preparations to be best adaptable to the conditions in England.
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