Never thought of being in top five: Miraz
After attaining career-best ODI ranking on Wednesday (January 27) courtesy of his brilliant performance in the three-match series against West Indies, Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz said such achievement was beyond his imagination.
Miraz is currently ranked fourth with a rating point of 694. Though he did not have the best of start in the first ODI against the Windies, he made great comeback in the next two, ending up as the highest wicket-taker of the series.
In three matches, Miraz picked up seven wickets at an average of 10.28, which saw him make a leap of 13 places in the list.
“Alhamdulillah, I am feeling very good. Actually I never even thought that I would be in the top 5. By the grace of Allah, I am feeling great. When we first got the news, my teammates also congratulated me… So yes, I am feeling great,” said Miraz in his instant reaction on Wednesday.
While Miraz is a regular face in Bangladesh’s Test squad, he is still not permanent in the ODI side. However he said that he left no stone unturned to bring his team some success.
“When I first started playing Test cricket, I hoped that not only in red-ball cricket, I will play with the white ball as well. So I prepared accordingly.
“I always kept thinking what I should do to make improvement in ODI cricket. I realized that I have to keep my economy rate low, while also provide breakthroughs when needed. Now I am working on those,” revealed Miraz.
He also credited all his teammates for the 3-0 victory over West Indies in the ODI series, “We have played good brand of cricket. Everyone in the team played well. The way we played, it didn’t seem like we were back in the field after 10-month break from international cricket. Everyone supported everyone mentally. So the one week (of the series) passed quite nicely. We enjoyed a lot, won the series, and also won points.”