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Mushfiq distances himself from ‘360 degree batsman’ comment

  • Published at 02:45 pm December 21st, 2019
Khulna Tigers' Mushfiqur Rahim plays a hook shot during their BBPL match against Rajshahi Royals in Chittagong Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Right-handed batsman Mushfiq has been in good form lately, which prompted Foster to give him the moniker, usually reserved for South African batsman AB de Villiers

The tag of “360 degree batsman” given to wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim by Khulna Tigers head coach James Foster did not go down well with the former.

The former Bangladesh captain insisted that it only takes a couple of innings to become “zero degree” from “360 degree”.

Right-handed batsman Mushfiq has been in good form lately, which prompted Foster to give him the moniker, usually reserved for South African batsman AB de Villiers.

Foster heaped praise on Mushfiq following his match-winning 96-run innings off 51 balls against Rajshahi Royals in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Tuesday.

“Mushy is a highly skillful player. He assesses the condition and situation and what’s required against the bowlers that he comes up against. He has got options, he’s a 360 degree player. Last few years having played against him when I was with Khulna Titans, he is very difficult to bowl at. Very powerful as well but he has got a touch game, he is a complete package,” Foster had told the media.

Mushfiq however, differed with Foster’s comment.

“It doesn’t take long to become zero degree from 360 degree. I never believe that I am a 360 degree player. Do not think myself as that kind of a player. I always try to improve my game day by day. The wickets are good [in the BBPL],” said Mushfiq to the media in the port city yesterday.

“I think it is possible to play all parts of the field if you play freely and you can take your chance on these type of wickets. Credit is due to them [the pitch curators]. I am trying to play consistent and hope that (consistency) comes back in my next game,” Mushfiq explained.

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