Mohammad Saifuddin picked up three wickets to restrict the Zimbabwe run chase as the hosts romped to a seven-wicket win in the second ODI at Chittagong on Thursday. @ AFP
Mohammad Saifuddin picked up three wickets to restrict the Zimbabwe run chase as the hosts romped to a seven-wicket win in the second ODI at Chittagong on Thursday. @ AFP

Bangladesh pacer Mohammad Saifuddin justified his surprise inclusion picking up three wickets to restrict the Zimbabwe run chase as the hosts cantered to a seven-wicket win in the second ODI at Chittagong on Thursday.

Saifuddin, who made his debut in October last year against South Africa, was unimpressive, going for 46 in five overs without claiming any wickets. The 21-year-old bowling allrounder, who had scored a match-winning half century in the first ODI at Dhaka on October 21, said that he has consulted his seniors on how to work on the mental aspects of bowling.

“I worked on the mental aspects of bowling,” Saifuddin said on Wednesday.

“I have discussed it with the senior players on how to approach bowling in international cricket. I have been quite expensive at this level previously. I will try to keep up what I did today. There’s a long way left for me.

“I wanted Mash bhai [Mashrafe Mortaza] to bring me into the attack. I wanted to show something since I am playing in place of Rubel [Hossain] bhai. I wanted to do something different so that I get noticed.”

Saifuddin said that wants to support death overs specialist Mustafizur Rahman to keep the run rate in check. “I have been bowling in the death overs in the Under-15 and Under-17, while playing under Miraz,” Saifuddin said.

“I struggled in my early days in international cricket, but I always speak to Miraz [Mehidy Hasan Miraz] and Mustafizur, who is an experienced bowler. I tried to execute whatever I have learned.

“It was a batting track. Having conceded some runs in Mirpur during the same period of the innings, we wanted to keep them under 250. Mustafizur is a superb death bowler. I supported him by giving away five to seven runs.”

Saifuddin also feels his mother s advice paid off to get his bowling back on track.

“There will be some slips when you are trying to get success. My mother tells me that a baby may fall while taking his first steps, but does that mean he will not walk? I will get hit but I will learn from it,” he said.