Monday, October 18

Heroic return for Mustafiz welcome at home



Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman returned home yesterday night after completing his maiden IPL mission with a great success as his team Sunrisers Hyderabad lifted the coveted title for the first time on Sunday.

An overwhelmed but shy Mustafiz, wearing a rose made crown, arrived on a flight that landed at Hazrat Shahjal International Airport at 10.45 pm. He was received by Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy and BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury Sujon at the airport.

They garlanded the cricket prodigy and offered him sweets. Mohammedan Sporting Club official Wasim Khan and some relatives of Mustafiz were also present to greet him. The deputy sports minister informed the proud cricketer that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dubbed him a ‘National Hero’ and congratulated him for his heroic performance in the IPL.

Mustafiz, in his reaction to media, said, “First of all I would like to express my gratitude to the prime minister, Bangladesh Cricket Board and also to all the cricket fans of the country for their support and prayers for me. Definitely, I am very happy to do something that made the nation proud,”

“I thought of my parents all the time and I think it is their prayers also that helped me achieve the feat in India. Almost everyday I talked with my family members and they inspired me at every match,” said the left-arm pacer

Replying to a query he said, “I will meet BCB officials tomorrow and also meet the team physio before deciding on my future plan whether I will play in England or in domestic league as I have a little injury in my leg,” said Mustafiz.

A shy Mustafiz said he knows the English language a little, but has acquired cricketing English words which were enough to communicate with teammates. “But I really enjoy when the cricketers of other nations come to me to learn some Bangla words,” Mustafiz said.

Earlier the ace Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman was voted the Emerging Player of IPL 2016 to complement his team Sunrisers Hyderabad’s maiden title.

It was the remarkable achievement for the young mystery pacer who has just completed his one year into the international cricket.

Even though his good performance was somewhat expected, no one thought that world class batsmen in the IPL will fail to read his bowling. He indeed left the IPL, without being decoded.

In a nerve-wrecking high-scoring final on Sunday night, Hyderabad sealed an eight-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore who put up a valiant effort in their own backyard, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The 20-year-old seamer returned figures with 37 for one which complemented a total of 17 wickets from 16 matches at a incredible economy rate of 6.90 – the lowest among bowlers who bowled at least 20 overs.

Mustafizur grabbed the award after winning a landslide 83.2 percent of the votes in the poll on the tournament’s official website –

‘The Fizz’, as he is fondly called by fans, has been an important cog in the Hyderabad bowling unit, consistently fooling the batsmen with his variations at the death overs. His slower and cutter was usually puzzling but he made remarkable progress in honing the Yorker deliveries which he used to good effect in the death overs.