Streak: We have to be careful with Rahman


Bangladesh fast bowling coach Heath Streak says exciting newcomer Mustafizur Rahman must be managed very carefully going forward.

Despite having only played two ODIs, Rahman has made the cricketing world sit up and take notice with his combined 11-wicket haul.

The 19-year-old took  5 for 50 in his first ODI against India, and followed that up with even more impressive figures of 6 for 43 in the following game.

Those combined figures beat Brian Vitori's previous record of 10 wickets in his first two ODIs.

Streak knows that Bangladesh have a the prospect of a serious talent on their hands, and that while it will be important to monitor him closely going forward, they would need to be careful not to overcoach him or tinker too much with his natural bowling action.

"I think that's where as a coach you have to be careful not to over-coach and just help guide them along," Streak said. "When assistance is needed, you remind them. It is a very important part of coaching. Some people need more coaching than others. We have to be careful how we manage him.

"He is still very young. We have to be careful. He has taken 11 wickets but we can't expect him to take five wickets every time. He has shown his potential. If we look after him and support him, he will be a big match-winner for us. When Mashrafe started, he was looked after throughout his career."

Streak first took notice of Mustafizur in May last year during Bangladesh A's tour to West Indies and was immediately impressed. 

His work with the pace bowler has mainly been along the lines of helping him develop some variations, in order to avoid batsmen figuring him out.

"For me, he has to execute (his skills) more regularly and consistently. When you are training with the guys on a regular basis, you can make their skills better. There's no magic trick. It is making sure they are training at a high level for a long period of time," said Streak.

"We discussed some other options (after the first ODI) if he didn't succeed with what he was doing in the first game, some variations that we might have to try to counteract it. India would have seen his video footage."

Streak said he worked with coach Chandika Hathurusingha in developing a surprise tactic against India, picking four specialist pace bowlers in sub-continent conditions.

It definitely did the trick.

"I have to give some influence. I work closely with the head coach and we thought the Mirpur wicket does help the seamers," Streak added. "Mustafizur has been bowling well. We fought hard to get him into the T20 squad against Pakistan and he showed what he is capable of. Since then it has been good to have Mustafizur, Taskin and Rubel who we know can perform.

"Mashrafe has been a consistent performer for Bangladesh for a long time now. We have a good group and we felt India wouldn't expect that. We knew that conditions, if we can prepare the wickets to suit our style of bowling, would play into our hands.