The Daily Star – Bangladesh – When the team management announced on Monday night that the Bangladesh team would not have a full training session the following day, many guessed that one player would make the trek to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
- So as I said, preparation is a big deal for me,” said Mushfiqur Rahim on the evening of November 12, minutes after becoming the first Bangladeshi to hit a second double-century on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe.
- It was hardly a surprise that two days before Bangladesh are set to take on West Indies in Chattogram, Mushfiqur was at the nets for an extended batting session.
- But more than during the hullaballoo of a team practice session, Mushfiqur’s monk-like obsession with honing his craft can be seen at optional practice sessions, during which the focus is on one or two players doing the extra yards.
- In that hour and 15 minutes, Mushfiqur concentrated on every ball as if he was batting in a Test match.
- With head coach Steve Rhodes yet to arrive with the next batch of players opting to practice, Mushfiqur took it upon himself to lay two granite slabs on the practice wicket and proceeded to bat against a bowling machine for the next 25 minutes.