Where is Mashrafe Mortaza?


MUMBAI: Mashrafe Moratza, one of the highest paid players in the second season of the Indian Premier League is yet to make his debut. Bought by Kolkata Knight Riders, the Bangladesh speedster has been warming the benches ever since he arrived in South Africa, still awaiting his turn to chance his arm in the tournament.

With the team down in the dumps, the think tank of the team has still not thought of giving this promising talent a chance to swing into action. Experts believe that pacers hunt in pairs and Ishant Sharma has not found a partner to bowl as lethally as him from the opposite end.

To defend a score of 170 odd runs would have made it easy for the team had they got another seam bowler who could have kept up the heat along with Sharma and on this surface Mortaza would have been a good choice.

With the team floundering in despair, Kolkata Knight Riders has still not felt the need to experiment with the players. Brendon McCullum, primarily a wicket keeper batsman has got another player behind the stumps and his contribution to the team scores has mostly been in single digits for most matches, apart from his one blistering knock of 83 in his last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sourav Ganguly who has fashioned many an Indian win opening the innings with Sachin Tendulkar is now playing lower down the order at number four.

With so much needed to be done and nothing that is being done, the team is in shambles and what is worse, it is demoralizing for a player to be sitting warming the reserve benches when he has the potential to be a match winner. Mortaza, with his tall dreams of playing in the IPL still looking bleak, must be wondering how to define his luck. So was it good luck to have been selected in such a sensational manner or his bad luck to have been selected and yet not get his moment under the sun?