Mushfiqur Rahim enjoying his new role in the Bangladesh side

Mushfiqur Rahim has given up his wicket keeping role in the side.

Mushfiqur Rahim | AP

Bangladesh’s top-order batsman –Mushfiqur Rahim, on Tuesday, said he is currently enjoying and happy with his new role in the national side –only as a batsman.

Mushfiqur, who was ousted from Test captaincy role in December last year after their humiliating defeat in South Africa, is well aware about his wicket-keeping role in the national side, as he is well convinced that he is no more the only choice for the role in the longest format of the game.

During the drawn first Test against Sri Lanka, Rahim came to bat at No.4 and cracked 92 in the first innings, sounding well with his sole role in the side. Though, he failed to do well in the second innings, but want to get the most out of him and perform on a regular basis as a batsman to stay on the side.

According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, Mushfiqur Rahim said, “There was always pressure but as a captain, I was an automatic choice. Now as a top-order batsman, I have to perform. I tried to give my best in the last game. I was unlucky in the second innings, the ball wasn't that great. I will keep trying, and get more runs in the next game.”

He further added, “I had three jobs and now I have one job. I always try to perform my responsibilities to the best of my ability. I scored while being the captain and wicketkeeper and I even got out for a duck. I have to face whatever comes in front of me and go forward. I am enjoying it.”

Although, Mushfiqur admitted that he misses wicketkeeping, which allowed him to have a closer look at the pitch, but believes Liton Das is a good choice for the glove work and he can serve Bangladesh cricket for 8-10 years. He signed off by saying, “I always enjoy fielding. Keeping wicket, of course, gives you a better perspective, especially about the wicket. But I am happy. Liton is batting and keeping well and I think he can give serve Bangladesh cricket for eight to 10 years.”

By Rashmi Nanda - 07 Feb, 2018

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