IPL 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pace-ace Mustafizur Rahman’s biggest fears revealed
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Bangladesh and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman troubles the batsmen world over with his cutters, fast yorkers and subtle variations. Playing in his maiden season of Indian Premier League (IPL), he has managed to terrorise the best in the business, taking 16 wickets in the process. However, the wiry bowler has his own fears too. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni do not intimidate Mustafizur Rahman.

Recently, his SRH team-mate Ricky Bhui, who was a part of India’s Under-19 squads for the 2014 and 2016 U-19 World Cups, revealed Mustafizur’s biggest fears — batting and speaking in English. Bhui, who is the only player in the squad with Bangla background, bonded well with Mustafizur as the IPL progressed. In fact, he played the role of translator for the Bangladeshi bowler and helped him understand the strategies during the team meetings.

“Mera aur Mustafizur ka achchha banta tha [Mustafizur and I get along very well],” Bhui told ESPNcricinfo in the interview. “Because he couldn’t speak English he couldn’t have many conversations with others in the team. He would talk to me and so there is good bonding between us”, said Bhui, who and Mustafizur go back a decent way, as the two played the 2014 U-19 World Cup for their respective sides. ALSO READ: IPL 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner taking Bangla lessons for Mustafizur Rahman.

“The role he would be required to play in the first 10 overs or the latter half, what he had to bowl to each batsman and which field he had to bowl to needed to be explained to him,” Bhui said. “During the strategic time-out I would go and translate [David] Warner‘s instructions and the field set for him.”

Bhui also revealed that Mustafizur mostly communicates using “sign language” on the field. “Slower one daalna hai toh aise haath ghumate hain, bouncer hai to sar pe ishaara karte hain [if he’s going to bowl a slower one, he rotates his wrist, and if it’s a bouncer he points to the head],” he said. “He says only two words – problem and no problem. Not just on the ground but everywhere – be it a press conference or sponsor event or when he speaks to the manager. If he says ‘problem’ he is totally clueless, if he says ‘no problem’ then he knows what to do”, he added.

A homesick Mustafizur mostly stays reserved to his hotel room and chats with his brothers on skype. “Mujhe batting kabhi nahi karna aur English nahin bolna hai. Hamesha wohi bolta hai [He always keeps saying he doesn’t want to bat or speak English],” Bhui concluded. Though Bhui has not played a part in SRH’s IPL 9 campaign, Mustafizur has been a revelation. Franchise’s fans will hope the lanky pacer does what he knows best against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the eliminator on Wednesday.