Miraz labels confidence the key to his batting success

When Mehidy Hasan Miraz first came to open for his Khulna Tigers in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League, he could not open his account. In the match that followed, he made a mere 12. All in all, it was a horror start for the young man.Miraz was man of the match

But the franchise never lost their faith from Miraz, and their continuous belief helped the former Bangladesh Under-19 captain to make amends for his previous failures. In his third attempt at the opening slot, Miraz played a smashing 87-run knock off just 62 runs to hand the Sylhet Thunder a thrashing defeat. His innings featured 9 fours and 3 sixes.

This is not the first time Miraz is testing his fortune as an opener. He has the experience of opening even in the international circuit. He surprised everyone when he came to open Bangladesh’s innings in last year’s Asia Cup final against India.

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Miraz is crediting the team management for whatever he managed to achieve in batting at his previous try. “First of all I would like to thank the team management. When they first came with the idea for me to open, I said I will. But I got out on duck playing two balls in the very first match. The second one was also not any good. But the third match has been terrific.

“It feels really good that the team management is keeping faith on me. They believed in me, which boosted my own confidence as well. Maybe this is why I could bat so well.”

When Miraz used to be the captain of Bangladesh Under-19 side and led them to a World Cup at home, he was a full-fledged all-rounder. But since coming to the national side, his main focus has been on bowling, while he mostly comes to bat at eight or nine.

Miraz feels like he was gradually forgetting how to bat, “You don’t get confidence if you don’t bat regularly. Maybe I am now in a better shape confident-wise after this innings.”

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