RIS­ING WITH ‘FIZZ’

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games - Bo­ria Ma­jum­dar

When does a cap­tain speak to his bowler the most in T-20 cricket? Dur­ing the death overs, right? That’s when the bowler is un­der the pump. How­ever, with the Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad this isn’t the norm. They have one of the best cap­tains in David Warner and then they have one of the bet­ter death over bowlers in world in Mustafizur Rehman. But be­lieve it or not there is no com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Mustafizur doesn’t un­der­stand ei­ther English or Hindi and Warner does not speak Ben­gali!

“It is a chal­lenge for sure. He doesn’t do English or Hindi and its real funny at times how we com­mu­ni­cate. But he is an ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent and that takes care of the prob­lem on most oc­ca­sions”, says a smil­ing Warner.

Mustafizur, nick­named ‘Fizz’ in the dress­ing room is a real prankster. He has names for ev­ery player and is for­ever on the but­ton with some­thing or the other. Great friends with Barinder Sran and Trent Boult, Fizz is a favourite of the skip­per. “He is ex­tremely tal­ented. As a 20 year old the ma­tu­rity he is show­ing is ex­tra­or­di­nary. And the vari­a­tions he has makes him a real as­set to any T-20 team”, Warner adds. So how does com­mu­ni­ca­tion hap­pen off the field? Or does it hap­pen it all? Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran, coach of the Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad re­veals the se­cret. “Google trans­la­tor is the so­lu­tion. Mustafiz uses it to un­der­stand what all we are say­ing and that’s how we com­mu­ni­cate with him.” Mu­rali also went on to ex­plain what makes Mustafizur spe­cial. “It is al­ways about the change of pace. Why spin­ners do well is be­cause the pace on the ball is dif­fer­ent. In Mustafizur’s case he can bowl the slower ball with­out any sig­nif­i­cant change in his ac­tion mak­ing it very dif- fi­cult for the bats­man to pick up the vari­a­tion. This is a real skill.”

That he has im­pressed one and all is be­yond doubt. Spells of 4 overs for 9 runs is un­be­liev­able in T-20 cricket and for a man

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