The Bangladesh wicketkeeper-bat Mushfiqur Rahim has been practising in the nets with an aggressive mindset in preparation for the forthcoming Asia Cup, which will begin on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates.
Mushfiqur last played a T20I against Afghanistan in March of this year. He is now making a comeback to the national T20 setup. Though a definitive choice will be made following the arrival of head coach Russell Domingo, who is anticipated to arrive on Friday, there is a chance that he may be seen in a different capacity as the team management considers whether to open the innings with Mushfiqur in the Asia Cup (August 19).
Mushfiqur, however, has been observed practising with a distinct mindset on the days of individual practise sessions of national cricketers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The senior batter was spotted hitting all of the balls off of the ground right away, in contrast to how he often takes some time to practise his power strokes.
His experience will undoubtedly be helpful, and Mushfiqur can open in T20s if necessary, according to Nazmul, who spoke to reporters after the practise. “He is a middle-order batsman now, and opening the innings is a challenge. I’m not sure how much he can prepare himself (for opening), but his experience will naturally help him,” Nazmul said.
“I watched Mushfiqur trying to hit big sixes, which we haven’t seen before because he batted according to his pace and prepared differently at that moment, but now there is a change (in his preparation).