The matter of light mood should not go with Mushfiqur Rahim. Not that he doesn’t laugh. But most of the time in practice, in games, in the dressing room, Mushfiqur’s image is like that of a good student in the class. All meditation in one’s own game. The chatter of his teammates doesn’t seem to attract him much. As long as he is on the field, Mushfiqur is more engrossed in his work.
Mushfiqur, who came to the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur today on the occasion of the practice of the Premier Cricket League, caught the ‘serious’ Mushfiqur in a slightly different form. He joined his wife Jannatul Kifayat and son Mohammad Shahroz Rahim in family cricket with bat, ball and stump. Mushfiqur, who is in such a light mood, is a little unfamiliar to the regular visitors to Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.
Now, of course, is the time for Mushfiqur to float in the air. The form is going well with the bat, and that is what has made him so dependent. In the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, he became the highest run-scorer with a century and also became the Man of the Series. He has scored 238 runs in three matches at an average of 69. After such a series, Mushfiqur will be a bit dependent on the atmosphere of the Premier League, that is normal.
Mushfiqur shadowed his son with a plastic cricket bat in the same wicket where he scored a century a few days ago. There was also a short running competition with the boy. Mushfiqur then placed a plastic stump on one side of the field and handed the bat to Shah Rukh. He picked up the plastic ball in his hand. Father-son bowling-batting went on for a while. Mushfiqur’s wife Jannatul Kifayat was the fielder in this family ‘match’. He also picked up the father-son cricket moments on his mobile phone.
Cricketers rarely get a chance to spend time with their families even if they are on the field all day. Today, Mushfiqur took the opportunity to give his wife and children some free air in the captive environment of Corona. But that is not for too long. Shortly afterwards, he went to the academy field next door and joined Abahani’s practice. The Dhaka Premier Cricket League is starting from tomorrow and Mushfiqur Abahani will be the captain there.
That means playing again, pressure again, again that ‘serious’ Mushfiq!