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Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman not thinking about money, wants to do well in IPL

Mustafizur said that he would seek advice from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been been an admirar of his bowling, before he comes to India.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Mustafizur said that he would seek advice from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been been an admirar of his bowling, before he comes to India.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Mustafizur said that he would seek advice from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been been an admirar of his bowling, before he comes to India.

Hailing from a nondescript village in southern Bangladesh, rookie fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman didn't take too long to be the cynosure of world cricket.

Mustafizur took the world cricket by storm, claiming 11 wickets in his first two One-day internationals - a world record that would take some time to get eclipsed. His another claim to fame - he is the only cricketer in the world to win Man-of-the-Match awards in his debut Test and the ODI.

There weren’t a lot of debutant youngsters last season who came on the horizon as fast as Mustafizur. The medium fast bowler served the notice of his ability by guiding Bangladesh to some memorable wins over strong Test playing nations like India and South Africa. He ended up taking 26 wickets in 9 ODIs in 2015.

Recognition and awards followed in soon.

Mustafizur was selected for the ICC ODI Team of 2015. The calm, young boy soon emerged as a national hero and became a household name in Bangladesh.

Now as the new season triggers off, the shy 20-year-old from rural Bangladesh is geared up to scale new heights. His glory travelled faster than he thought and with barely one-year of experience he was picked by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.4 crore in the players' auction. He became just the sixth Bangladeshi to be drafted in IPL auction.

With such a tempted offer at his hand, Mustafizur can't wait to play in the IPL.

"I played well against India when they toured Bangladesh last year. A lot of people had told me then that I would get noticed by IPL franchises. Now, I am very excited to take part in the IPL. It is one of the biggest T20 tournaments in the world. I have heard a lot about IPL and I was hoping I would get the opportunity to play. It will be fun... it will be very good for me," an ecstatic Muztafizur told CricketNext from Bangladesh.

The youngster is not worried about the price tag and only hopes to do well.

"I am not thinking about the money. It doesn't bother me. I have come from a humble background and I just want to play well and give my best for the team. My family is very happy when it got the news. They have been a big part of my struggle and have always supported me. I would like to thank Allah for showering his grace on me," he said.

Mustafizur also said that he would seek advice from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been been an admirer of the former’s bowling, before he comes to India.

"I am very close to Mashrafe dada. He has helped me a lot and I try to learn from him. I will definitely seek his advice before the IPL," he said.

At the same time, Mustafizur said he would not get swayed by the hullabaloo and would concentrate on the next big tasks - the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20.

"Right now my focus is on the the Asia Cup at home and the WT20. Before anything else, I want to do well for my country in these two tournaments. I always look to give my 100 per cent and take my team to victory," he signed off.