'The way Mustafizur is bowling, he has become the big fish in this tournament'
Mustafizur Rahman is young and raring to go. On Sunday, Bangladesh’s rising star Mustafizur Rahman yet again devastated the famed Indian batting line up with a six- wicket haul and promised to put up a better show in the third and final One day Iinternational against the two-time World Champions.
The 19-year-old left-arm paceman took six wickets and became first cricketer in ODI history to take 11 wickets in his first two matches.
He is rightfully called the ‘golden boy’ of Bangladesh cricket, he became only the second bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in his first two one-day internationals, emulating Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori.
Riding on his shoulder Bangladesh bundled out India for a mere 200 and then overhauled the target easily to seal the three-match series.
"I will try to do even better than this. Please pray for me so that I can bring honours for the country," Mustafizur said when asked about his expectation from the third match on Wednesday.
"I am very happy that I have been able to do something for the team. I thank the crowd for braving the rain and staying to support us," he said about his stellar show.
Asked about his journey from a remote village to international cricket, the pacer said, "I owe it one of my elder brothers."
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was delighted with his team's show.
"That was great moment for us. To be playing in the Champions Trophy is a big achievement for us. Every time we were shaken someone took over. That is a big thing," he said.
"It has been very significant, and many series coming up, hopefully we can keep on performing like this," he said.
Mortaza had words of praise for young paceman Mutafizur.
"The way Mustafizur is bowling, he has become the big fish in this tournament."