The shortest format in cricket, T20, on most occasions, is a bowler's nightmare, where batsmen go hammer and tongs from ball one. The current IPL 2016 has witnessed star bowlers go for huge runs, but Sunrisers Hyderabad's Mustafizur Rahman has been spot on with his line and length, while his various variations have made life difficult for the batsmen.
Mustafizur was the only Bangladesh player picked in the IPL 2016 Player Auction in February, when he went to SRH for Rs 1.4 crores ($210,000). It seems to have been one of the best buys so far, with the Bangladesh bowler scalping seven wickets in IPL 2016. It is his economy rate of 5.75, which has caught the eye most.
The seamer had the objective of making a mark in the IPL, and he has been able to do that with some sensational performances. Thanks to the form of the 20-year-old, SRH have also been impressive in IPL 2016, winning three games so far.
"I think it has to do with my belief and desire to do well at the top-level. I know I have to make use of the chances that come my way, wherever I am playing. Going into the IPL, I wanted to make a mark, worked hard at it, and it feels good that people are appreciating my performance," The Times of India quoted Mustafizur as saying.
The left-arm pacer has been so goo in IPL 2016 that, Trent Boult has not even featured for SRH in the competition this season.
Batsmen have not been able to read his off-cutters, which is his major weapon.
"I don't exactly know what the secret is, probably it comes naturally to me," Mustafizur said when asked about his potent off-cutters. "When I was growing up, one of my coaches told me to try it. I just gave it a try and it started coming out very well. Since then I have kept working on it and the results are showing,.
Mustafizur has been brilliant in IPL 2016, and if the bowler continues in same vein, SRH could go a long way in the tournament.