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Mustafizur Rehman idealises Muhammad Aamir

DHAKA: Bangladeshi left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who caused a stir in Indian batting lineup with five wickets in his ODI debut as Bangladesh thrashed India by 79 runs, said that he idealises Pakistani left-armer Muhammad Aamir and isn’t bothered by his spot-fixing allegations.

The 19-year-old’s figures of 5-50 helped Bangladesh dismiss India for 228 in 46 overs after half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan led the hosts to a record target of 307 runs.

“Mohammad Amir is my idol. I just follow the bowling of Mohammad Amir. His spot-fixing allegations don’t bother me,” said the 19-year-old fast bowler.

“I wanted to perform well on debut. I know only a few have taken five on debut, but all I wanted was to do well against India,” he added.

“Mustafizur was not a surprise for us. We know he can destroy any batsman,” said Mortaza, who also praised his own side’s “brilliant” start in the first innings.