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Fizz wants to be remembered as a good human


Kolkata : Promising Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman — Fizz to friends — never lets success get to his head and says rather modestly that he would be happy to be remembered as a “good human being” if he does not make it to cricketing folklore, little realising he may have already reached there.

The shy, 21-year-old speedster who burst into limelight on debut in 2015 when India toured Bangladesh, is only the second player to have returned fivers in his first two ODI’s.

“I never let success get into my head. You guys keep asking me about being something big, great talent and so on… I am unfazed,” Mustafizur told IANS during a one-on-one while plying his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“If I cannot become a great cricketer, I will at least want to be remembered as a good human being,” the soft-spoken, Khulna-born 21-year-old said.

In the World T20 last year, Fizz displayed his variation of cutters in the Super 10 match against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens, returning 5-22.

“In this format of the game (T20), you need variations. Every bowler will have his stock ball. But you need to vary your deliveries in order to get success,” the off-cutter specialist said.

During Bangladesh’s last tour of Sri Lanka, Mustafizur scalped eight wickets in two Tests, six in three ODIs and four in two T20 games.

Picked in the auction last year by Sunrisers, Mustafizur is in his second season with the franchise. “I don’t have any target in mind. I always try to give my best and help my team win at the end of the day,” he signed off.