Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Mirpur December 5, 2010

'I need time to get my rhythm back' - Mortaza

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh allrounder, has reacted to criticism about his performance in the first two ODIs against Zimbabwe by calling for more match practice following his return to the national team from injury. Mortaza is yet to take a wicket in the series, and has bowled nine overs for 53 in two games that have been dominated by spinners.

"True, it's not ideal conditions for pace bowlers, but still we could not bowl on the right areas," Mortaza told reporters in Dhaka on the eve of the third ODI. "Actually our bowling is totally spin oriented in the series as the Zimbabwean batsmen have a weakness against the slower bowlers.

"I hardly got any chance to play in the last 17 months due to injuries one after another, so I need some time to get my rhythm back and I believe things will get better only if I keep playing matches. I'm very confident about my comeback."

Mortaza said the over reliance on spinners could not continue for long. "I also believe that the scenario will be totally different when we play against the big teams because you can't depend only on the spinners against them."

Mortaza was out of action for a while due to an ankle injury that ruled him out of the series against New Zealand, which Bangladesh won 4-0. Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, admitted Mortaza had been below-par on his comeback. "He was rusty and looked a bit down. He could not bowl according to his capability and I think he needs some more matches. He will come back."

Ian Pont, the Bangladesh bowling coach, was confident about Mortaza as well. "In the nets, everything looks good; but in matches, it's not so. But it's always difficult [making a comeback], because as a fast bowler you lose your rhythm and timing. Sometimes you lose a bit of confidence, and you can have two thousand nets, but that does not always mean that you will do well in the middle.

"I think Mash will be disappointed with himself. I think he's admitted that he is a bit disappointed. But he will come back strong, he's been a great bowler for Bangladesh, and he has a lot of talent, he's very clever, and he's one of our better fast bowlers."

The five-match series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is currently tied 1-1.

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  • sharif on December 10, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    10-1-20-1 is a good figure in any cricket.. But if we see the match condition. abdur razzak has done the damage. zimbewe bats man were not likely to take risk that moment. Mashrafee has bowled good as 3rd simmer as selim malik in pakistan used to do.he was allowed to bowl in slog overs because match was not that close.Team captain was not confident enough to use him as pacer in first two ODI in slog over because match was much closer.we reqr a pacer to face the big team in world cup .that time we reqr pace, speed, aggressiveness and accuracy. i believe that will not come back before world cup for mashrafee.only controlled line, length and sweing does not suffice for a pacer. which Rubel hossen already proved that he is the better choice.. If we want to do better in WC BD team has to be come up as a team. If mashrafe will not prove some one will play in world cup. Why not to give him opportunity to prepare himself.

  • sharif on December 6, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    He was a great bowler. Best pacer in bangladesh history. but oneday cricket should not be his practice match. Some match can be arranged.I am afraid about his comeback before world cup.The pacer will play that time he need to get opportunity. Rubel hossen is my choice. he should get opportunity to play. If shafiul can get wicket. Rubel would have done much better. BCB should arrange match for him. Not oneday international. Hope he come back before world cup. Make standard of pacer and competitive.But hard fact is when A pacer become a simmer , he cannot comeback soon..

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Mash already got his rhythm back. Today on the 3rd ODI his bowling figure is : 10-1-20-1. Econ is only 2. He has got only one wicket but he was unreadable today to the Zim batsman. Congrats Mash.

  • Mohammad on December 6, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.................................................................. Mash is a good pace bowler - no doubt about it ......................................... He has bowled well in 3rd ODI ............................................................. By the way too much dependency on slow & spin wicket is NOT good for our future cricket. Youngster will lose interest in becoming pace / fast bowler ------- What will happen when we will tour SA, WI, AUS, ENG etc............................. Our players should also play in some pacy / bouncy / swing wickets.................. Cricket management should pay attention in this regard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarfin on December 6, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Mash is undoubtedly the best fast bowler Bangladesh had ever produced. Most of the time he bowled in tough condition without the assistance of a good bowling partner. He also struggled against injury through out his career. Anybody who had seen him in his early days would agree that, he was more aggressive and fast. Yet he has maintained a good average and economy rate. For Bangladesh, he is a legend. Whatever happens in the future, we'll always remember you as the pioneer of Bangladeshi pace attack.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Mashrafe back in form again.....congratulation from me.......

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    finally mash does well..a real gud match for mashrafe.. 10-1-20-1....even the great figure doesn't show it all.. could have easily get a few more wickets... but as a fan, im really happy with the way mashrafe bowled today.. keep going captain... proud of u...

  • Allan on December 6, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Mashrafe is the greatest pace bowler bangladesh has EVER produced. period.

  • Nurul on December 6, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Mr Norail Express ! is the proudy name of Mortaza. He is the only player who is renown speedy in bolls. It is normal to get the rhythm back for a first bowler for some times.Important issue is a first bowler should back his form in home play like first division,club cricket and home league not in a international match.Mortaza should take rest from national team for few days and play in home cricket.Many players and new talented are waiting to get in national team and they should entire in team specially in home series. Mortaza should take the step from himself to take rest for some days.In our country some time our selectors select players as various pressures.If we look other team like Australia, England India we see players want to take rest and in the mean time they make themselves fit for play. Morataza is one of the founder player who lead the Bangladesh team as this level. Playing more matches is not only the symbol of great player,take rest and think next generation.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Mashrafe is a genuine player...he plays with heart and soul. There is no doubt on him getting his rhythm back.

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