BANGLADESH all-rounder Mossadek Hossain acknowledged that he had never thought he could take five wickets in a T20 match.
On Sunday in Harare, Mossadek took his first five-wicket haul in a T20 contest against Zimbabwe, helping them tie the three-match series. Along the way, he dispelled any concerns about his qualifications as a bowler in the shorter format, and he appears to have a strong chance to keep his spot in the T20s even after the seniors return. In the format, Mosaddek recorded his finest results.
Mossadek, who made his international debut in the home series against Sri Lanka in 2022 after being dropped from the national team in 2019, paid back the selection committee’s faith in his abilities as a batsman and a four-over bowler in the shortest format.
Mossadek first made the team based on his strong achievements in the List A competition of the previous Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, where he scored 658 runs and claimed 16 wickets in 15 matches for Abahani Limited.
Mossadek expressed his happiness at picking up his first five-wicket haul and claimed that he is honored to share the best bowling stats record with none other than Shakib Al Hasan. Only Arafat Sunny and Mustafizur Rahman have taken five wickets in a T20 aside from the two.
Habibul Bashar, BCB’s selection panel member shares that they did not expect that he would get five wickets. Nonetheless everyone was confident that he can finish his four-over since he often bowls quite exceptionally. Despite not having much turn, the athlete knows his strength and can bowl in the same area without trying much.
”There is not much to say about Shakib bhai because everyone knows he is a legend. I am feeling fortunate that I have the same economy and five wickets like he has in T20s,” Mossadek told reporters after the game.
”It could have been 19 runs or 21 runs and all I wanted was to end it on a good note and it eventually happened. I am extremely happy with the team’s performance.”
”I did not bowl for five wickets and my only aim was to bowl dot balls. I am perhaps rewarded for bowling in the right areas. I am feeling extremely good and never felt that I will get five wickets. I just stuck to my plans. The management informed me that I will bowl at the start and we would begin our attack with spin bowling,
”I have said this before that when I am given the ball I don’t think of myself as an occasional bowler because all the time I want to take the responsibility and bowl like a main bowler. If you see you will find that there was not much help on the wicket for the bowlers.”
He then continues saying, ”When the captain gave me the ball all I was thinking was to stop the flow of the runs because in the previous game they scored over 200 runs so our plan was to restrict them to 160 to 170 runs and that was the only plan I was having because it would have been good for the team.”