Mustafizur a ‘difficult customer’ with ‘incredible skill’, admits Agar

    Mustafizur a ‘difficult customer’ with ‘incredible skill’, admits Agar


    Mustafizur Rahman fires Australian Captain Matthew Wade. Photo: Firoz Ahmed



    Mustafizur Rahman fires Australian Captain Matthew Wade. Photo: Firoz Ahmed

    Australian spinner Ashton Agar said Bangladeshi Mustafizur Rahman’s skill set was unbelievable and admitted he had a hard time picking up the slowest balls on his left arm.

    “Man, he’s a tough customer,” was Agar’s reaction when asked about Mustafizur during a press conference following Bangladesh’s five-game win over the Aussies in the second T20I yesterday in Mirpur.

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    “He is very good. His ability to throw the slowest ball [is very good]. If you watch it in slow motion, [you will see] he does it almost with his wrist and fingers. It’s an incredible, incredible ability. “Amazing revolution,” added Agar.

    Mustafizur was instrumental in helping Bangladesh reduce Australia to sub-121 for seven in yesterday’s game. The ace-left arm pacemaker remained the choice of bowlers for the Tigers with his figures of three for 23 in four overs.

    First he made Australian opener Josh Philippe fool himself with a Mustafizur brand slower delivery. Philippe read the entire pace and length of the ball as he moved on the backs to play on the side of his foot but only saw his foot get stuck.

    Mustafizur then ousted Australian Governor Matthew Wade in much the same way before tricking Agar with a slower clipping that completely surprised the left-hander, leading him to put it back in the wicketkeeper.

    And it is no surprise that Agar, who was Mustafizur’s last victim in yesterday’s game, was stunned by the variety that the left-handed sailor can bring to his game.

    “It is also a much slower ball because it is not very slow and it has a lot of revolution. It can kick a lot from the surface, it can fall low, it may or may not turn a lot. It is extremely variable. And it gives itself the opportunity to put [variations] “as much as he can on the ball,” said Agar.

    Mustafizur was also instrumental in the Tigers’ first T20I victory over the Aussies on Tuesday, as he carved two wickets for just 16 runs in four overs in this game.

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