Despite finishing the Ongoing ICC World Cup with back-to-back five-wicket hauls, Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman is focused on improving his accuracy to become a more consistent bowler at the death overs. He claimed five wickets for 75 runs against Pakistan, to follow his 5 for 59 runs against India, and ended his campaign with 20 wickets at 24.20 but he has conceded the highest runs per over among the bowlers who have taken 15 or more wickets in this World Cup.
After the match against Pakistan, Mustafizur Rahman sat second to Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc's 24 wickets in eight matches, although Starc, Lockie Ferguson, Mark Wood, and Jofra Archer would have more opportunities to get past him in the rest of the tournament.
Significantly, he has not taken a single wicket in the first 30 overs of a game, having taken all of his wickets in the last 20 overs. 12 wickets have come in the last five overs, in which he has taken a wicket every 8.08 balls. Mustafizur Rahman said that he wants to further work on his yorkers and sees playing more T20s matches as an opportunity to develop that skill.
"You always remember five-wicket hauls, especially if it comes during a World Cup, the one against India was definitely a special one, and while everyone said that I have been able to prove myself at the big stage, I think I could have done a lot better. I think I need to improve on my variations. I have a cutter but my yorker is 50/50. I want to improve the accuracy of my yorker, particularly for the death overs. I think playing more T20s will help accuracy while bowling in the last ten overs of a one-day game," Mustafizur said.
Since his debut in 2015, he has the second most wickets (48) in the last 10 overs of a One Day International (ODI) innings, second only to Indian Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, and better than Rashid Khan. But it is a huge contrast in the first 20 overs where he averages 41.33, and it has developed into a situation where Bangladesh has lacked wickets in this phase throughout the World Cup, in which their main wicket-taker, Mashrafe Mortaza, have also struggled for form.