Trying to make Mustafizur bowl from close to the wicket – Walsh

Trying to make Mustafizur bowl from close to the wicket - Walsh

Courtney Walsh, Bangladesh’s bowling coach, believes that pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman will return to his best given that he is responding well in the training program designed for him.

After his return though, Mustafizur played all his matches overseas and only managed to pick 13 wickets in 18 One-Day Internationals, eight wickets in two Tests and five in four Twenty20 games – a testament to his dip in form, given that he had 26 wickets in nine ODIs along with 22 in 13 Twenty20s and four wickets in two Tests, before surgery.

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According to coaches who he had watched his rise, change of action after the rehabilitation program and bowling from a different angle were hugely responsible for diminishing his bowling edge. The major change that he had made in the last few days was opting to bowl away from the wicket, though it was not his forte as he was used to bowling close to the wicket and was successful. It, however, was missing during the last couple of series.

“It is too early to say anything apart from the fact that he is responding very well in the training sessions,” Walsh told Cricbuzz after the completion of his session with Mustafizur. “We are trying to make him bowl (from) close to the wicket but that is not the only thing as we are trying some other stuff as well,” he said.

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