The off-cutters of Mustafizur Rahman have now become popular in county cricket in the United Kingdom as well. The crafty left-arm pace sensation from Bangladesh made his debut for Sussex on Thursday. It took him no time to become as deadly as he usually is with his line and length and his infamous cutters.
Mustafizur ended the match against Essex at the County Ground in Chelmsford with the figures of 4-0-23-4. He was also adjudged the man of the match for his performance against Essex in his debut match for Sussex.
Fizz, as he is popularly known, powered Sussex to their second win in eight games in this season. It is indeed surprising to see Mustafizur come out and bowl like that just the next day after he landed in the U.K. to play for Sussex.
Sussex skipper Luke Wright could not stop praising Mustafizur for his match-winning performance against Essex on Thursday.
"It has taken some hard work to get Rahman here, and a lot of people have worked hard to make it happen. Now we can see why he was worth so much time and effort. He is a very special bowler. He has put in a performance straight away that was very special to watch," Wright was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.
"It is so hard to pick what he is going to do. In the warm-up we were trying to work him out and we couldn't. Credit to our keeper Craig Cachopa who kept really well to him tonight — it is not easy when you've had no time to watch him before or to have faced him."
"He got a flight yesterday so he's come straight in and bowled like that. We have a very special talent on our hands. He had to wait for his UK visa to play for Sussex in county cricket."