RISING WITH ‘FIZZ’
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