Happy again Rubel looks forward

Pace bowler Rubel Hossain on Wednesday insisted that he has managed to overcome his recent mental trauma to put all his attention on next month’s World Cup. Rubel hogged the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the last few weeks as film actress Naznin Akter Happy accused him of ‘rape’ and ‘false marriage promise’ and filed a case against him under the women and children repression act on December 13. A Dhaka court sent him to jail rejecting his bail prayers which had created a furor in country’s cricket fraternity and made his participation in the World Cup uncertain. Rubel was finally granted bail after two nights in custody to help him to join the training for the World Cup in time. The court also allowed Rubel’s counsel to represent him in court for further hearings. ‘I don’t feel any kind of pressure,’ Rubel told reporters at Mirpur on Wednesday in his first public comments since he was released from jail. ‘I am ready for the World Cup,’ he announced, adding:  ‘I am always prepared to play and for me this World Cup comes up as the bigger challenge.’ Rubel brushed aside the succession that he is keen to do something special in the World Cup to restore his image that was seriously damaged in ‘Happy scandal.’ ‘It’s true that there were some mental pressure,’ said Rubel.’ ‘But now all those things do not exist in my mind anymore. ‘I crossed a very difficult time during the last couple of weeks.  I don’t want to live with it.  It is a thing of past now. I am now only thinking about cricket and I am looking forward to do well in the World Cup.

’ Though Rubel’s recent performance hardly suggests anything great with 13 wickets from last 10 one-day internationals but he has an uncanny knack of putting match winning performance from nowhere. He was instrumental in Tigers’ clean sweep win against New Zealand at home in 2013 with some extraordinary performance that came after recovering from a shoulder injury. Rubel is taking inspiration from the bouncy wickets at Down Under as he feels that it will allow the pace bowlers to be more aggressive. ‘When there is bounce you can always try something as some help will be extracted from the wicket,’ he said. ‘We only need to focus on our line and length because it is very important in bouncy tracks. Though we are not very used to the condition I am sure we can adapt to it before the tournament,’ said Rubel Rubel added that he is hardly trying anything new rather concentrating on sharpening his tested armory that revolves around yorker and on occasions unexpected bouncers. ‘I am basically working with my yorker,’ said Rubel. ‘Every player tries to work on his strength and I am no different. I am not going for something totally new.

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