Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das -- the two Bangladeshi players who appeared for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last Indian Premier League, did not get into the draft for the upcoming IPL season.
Mustafizur was roped in by Delhi for his base price of INR two crores in the 2022 IPL auction.
There had been a lot of hype surrounding Bangladesh's pace-bowling unit ahead of the ICC World Cup, having made significant strides in the last few years.
From a team that only ever tried to ‘spin to win’, Bangladesh have now evolved into a pace-centric attack heading into the ICC World Cup in India.
When last the ODI World Cup was played in South Asia, in 2011, five of the top seven wicket-takers in that tournament were spin bowlers. In the recent Asia Cup, however, in which more matches were played in Colombo (a notoriously spin-friendly venue) than any other venue, five of the top seven wicket-takers were seam bowlers.
Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman might not be as mysterious as he was at the beginning of his career but the left-arm paceman managed to achieve a feat he can be happy about against India in Colombo yesterday.
Bangladesh are gearing up for the second ODI against Ireland in Chelmsford today after the first ODI was abandoned due to inclement weather and while rain remains a concern, the conditions allow the new ball to move quite a bit and provide extra bounce on the surface. Even if it proves difficult for the top-order, pacer Shoriful Islam was enjoying the experience and the challenge.
Mustafizur Rahman has found game time hard to come by in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The left-arm pacer, since joining his Delhi Capitals side on April 1, has only featured in two matches, remaining highly ineffective in both of those games.
Axar Patel starred with bat and bowl and impact sub Mukesh Kumar held his nerve as Delhi Capitals edged Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League battle on Monday.