Mirpur, Feb 24: As India and Bangladesh are going to lock horns in the Asia Cup Twenty20 opening game at here today (Feb 24), focus shifts towards Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman and India's Jasprit Bumrah.
The highly talented 20-year-old left-arm medium pacer's dream debut against India, last summer, made the frail left-arm seamer a bowling sensation overnight.
Rahman, with his variations decimated the Indian batting line-up, helping Bangladesh register their first ever ODI series win against India.
Mortaza reminds about Mustafizur's form against India:
Even, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza termed the Indian batting line-up as one of the best in the world but said his highly skilled pacer Mustafizur Rahman can upset any kind of homework done by the visiting batsmen.
"Mustafiz (that's how Mashrafe refers to him) has many variations of his slow cutters. It is only important as to how confident he is about the execution part. He does he not focus on opposition batsmen and only concentrates on what he knows best. You can do your homework against Mustafiz but it might not work," Mashrafe told mediapersons on Tuesday.
The Bangladesh skipper also assured that Mustafizur's feet are rooted to the ground firmly.
"Mustafiz doesn't think about all things like what all is said about him. So, as a captain, it is easier for me to guide a boy who has no inclination towards all these external factors. And since he does not really care, it does not put him under any sort of pressure. I think Mustafiz is diametrically opposite of what people perceive him to be as he has got so much success so early in his career. What he does is to go out there and play and come back. But, at the same time, what he is capable of is something others may not be capable of," the skipper said.
India's focus will be on young Jasprit Bumrah:
If Bangladesh sees a future star in Mustafizur, India too has a young pacer in Jasprit Bumrah who impressed the likes of Wasim Akram with his exceptional bowling performance against Australia and Sri Lanka.
Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as one of the best death over bowlers for the Indian side in recent times and his ability to bowl yorkers 'at will' helped him grab everyone's attention.
Unique thing about Bumrah is that he is a mature bowler at such an early age and this helped him earn skipper MS Dhoni's trust. His induction in the team has infused a new life in the dull looking Indian pace-battery. The Mumbai Indians pacer puts in a lot of effort and bowls with a lot of confidence.
Praising the young lad India's Test skipper Virat Kohli told media persons, "Jasprit, as MS said, was the biggest find in the Australian series. He has come on board and bowled with a lot of heart and a lot of confidence. When he runs in to bowl, you can sense where he wants to get the batsman out. Not just get him out, he know exactly where he wants to get the batsman out. He has a proper plan when he bowls. That's very heartening to see - a bowler who can rush the batsman also, who can bowl yorkers at will, he's got a good slower one also, he has a different action too, which people are finding hard to pick at this stage."
Presence of a veteran pacer like Ashish Nehra in the dressing room has helped Bumrah, for Nehra too has been in sublime form in the T20 series against Australia and Sri Lanka. The left-arm veteran pacer is known for his potential to bowl with new and old ball. Nehra's presence has certainly helped a youngster like Bumrah, who shows promising signs of becoming a future star for the Indian side.
Thus, it will be interesting to see how these young guns explode in the Asia Cup T20.