Over-thinking is blocking Mushfiqur’s form: Bangladesh coach

Bengaluru, March 20 (IANS) Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha thinks Mushfiqur Rahim’s mindset is getting in his way of returning to form.

It has not been long since Mushfiqur was Bangladesh’s best batsman, but his form has dipped recently. Still considered a batting pillar for Bangladesh in Tests and One-Day Internationals, Mushfiqur is yet to emulate those achievements in Twenty20s.

He has played 14 T20 Internationals since scoring 47 against Australia in the last World T20 two years ago in Bangladesh. In those matches, he scored 20 or more only twice.

In his last seven innings, stretching from the Asia Cup to the World T20, Mushfiqur has managed to score only 58 runs.

“The thing about Mushfiq is that if something goes wrong, he becomes too worried. It over-complicates his thoughts,” Hathurusingha told bdnews24.com.

But the coach was optimistic about the 27-year old wicketkeeper-batsman after the training session on Saturday.

“Confidence is very important in T20 cricket. Mushy is running low in confidence at the moment. A good innings will fix that. He had a very good net session today, he batted really well. Hopefully he will soon be among runs.”

Bangladesh lost their first group match in the Super 10 stage of the World T20 against Pakistan by a big margin on Wednesday at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

Bangladesh will take on Australia on Monday and India on Wednesday. The team will return to Kolkata for their last match in Group 2 against New Zealand.

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