Young Afghanistan spin sensation Mujeeb Ur Rahman might be the youngest signee in the history of Big Bash League (BBL), but Brisbane Heat coach Daniel Vettori believes the 17-year-old has got so much experience in such a short period of time and he really understands his game, which makes him one of the highly successful bowlers in the shortest format.
The off-spinner came into the limelight while playing for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, where he consistently troubled the batsmen and made a name for himself in the world of cricket.
Mujeeb is all set to make his BBL debut with Brisbane Heat in the upcoming edition of the Australia T20 league, starting from Wednesday (December 19) at The Gabba.
Vettori told cricket.com.au on Wednesday (December 12), “The thing for him is since he's arrived on the international scene, he's performed wherever he's gone – and he's gone everywhere. He's played in most competitions around the world and he's been highly successful.”
Meanwhile, Mujeeb has already played 46 T20s, picking up 49 wickets at an economy rate of 6.91, featuring in Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League and most notably IPL, where he picked up 14 wickets in 11 matches for KXIP in the last season of the Indian T20 league.
While praising the young gun’s bowling, Vettori said, “He's got so much experience in such a short period of time that I think he really understands his game. I think that's true of all the Afghan players – they all feel like their self-coached, so, therefore, they really know what they're doing in any situation.”
He signed off by saying, “From what I've seen, he doesn't get flustered, the pressure's not an issue for him, and he just gets on with things, and particularly bowling at the Gabba, that's the mentality that you need. He's very tall, he bowls quick, and he bowls from a height that makes it difficult. His variations, while you won't see them as much on a wicket like the Gabba, his control of those variations set him apart.”
(With Cricket Australia Network Inputs)