Mustafizur was the main wicket taker of the recent Bangabandhu T20 Cup where he represented Mohammad Mithun’s Gazi group chattogram.
The 2021 IPL auction listing was released on February 11, and with less than a week left for the event, excitement levels are rising. A total of 292 players were included in the shortlist and 10 players signed up for the maximum base price of Rs. 2 crores including Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Harbhajan singh.
Mustafizur Rahman is among the 292 players on the final roster and he signed up for Rs. 1 crore. He will be part of the first round of fast bowlers and should draw some bidding. He was a key part of the team that won the SRH title in 2016 and even won the Emerging Player of the Year award this season. He has 24 wickets in 24 IPL games at a strike rate of 22.79 while conceding at 7.51.
Overall, he picked up 162 wickets in 121 T20 at an impressive strike rate of 16.7, and his save rate of 7.23 is excellent for someone who mainly bowls during tough overs. There are several teams that will be looking to purchase a stimulator on February 18th.
Here’s a look at 3 such teams that could take on Mustafizur Rahman in the IPL auction:
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB finished 4th last season, and that was largely down to their batting power. Their bowling was very irregular and Yuzvendra Chahal was their only bowler to have picked up more than 11 wickets. Chris Morris has also been pretty good for them in all 9 games he’s played, but they surprisingly released him.
They retained Kane Richardson after he was unavailable last season. The Royal Challengers also traded Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel from the Delhi capitals. However, none of their fast bowlers are capable of leading a bowling attack right now.
Mustafizur Rahman is one of the best options out there and in the absence of Starc the demand for him will only increase. Bowling of Death hasn’t been RCB’s strongest area and after freeing Morris they are definitely in need of backup. The ‘Fizz’ is excellent to death. He has a wide range of slower balls up his sleeve and plays a very good Yorker, and RCB should have him on his shortlist.