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Mushfiq returns to practice to quell concern over his fitness

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Bangladesh's dependable middle order batsman Mushfiqur Rahim returned to practice ground on Tuesday, much to the delight of the team management who was worried over his fitness issue ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.
Mushfiqur played Bangladesh's last World Cup match against Pakistan through an elbow injury, which he sustained while batting at the nets ahead of the match.
He also got injured ahead of Bangladesh's game against West Indies and there was concern whether he could play the match.
As he played two matches in World Cup through injury, there was massive concern over his fitness ahead of Bangladesh's three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
However Mushfiqur Rahim, who is used to maintain a disciplined life, quelled the tension once again, being fit in time when it mattered most.
He was seen spending time in gym before began practicing at the central wicket of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The diminutive batsman scored 365 runs in eight matches for Bangladesh in World Cup with one century and two half-centuries. His tally is the second highest for the Tigers after Shakib Al Hasan's 606.
But his knock was more worthy as he led Bangladesh to two victories out of their three. His 78 against South Africa provided the backbone of their huge total even though Shakib hogged the limelight for his all-round performance.

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