‘Opener’ Miraz now ready to bat at any position
As Shakib Al Hasan is out with an injury, Bangladesh team management will find it hard to master a proper team combination when the Tigers will take on Zimbabwe in the upcoming three-match ODI series. However, in the absence of world’s best all-rounder, youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz is eager to prove his all-round worth.
“Shakib bhai is the best all-rounder in the world. When he plays, I just try to make some small contributions here and there as an all-rounder. That will be my goal in the Zimbabwe series as well. I will just try to contribute to the team as much as possible. He is a very high standard cricketer. I can’t be compared with him,” said Miraz.
The young all-rounder got a fifty in his very first ODI innings. But since then, his bat didn’t laugh as per the expectations. But with a surprise entry as the team’s opener in the Asia Cup final, Miraz hinted at making a good comeback as a batsman. Now he focuses on maintaining the rhythm.
“Everyone supports me a lot with my batting. They say I can bat very well. I was lost with my batting for a while, but now I am getting my confidence back. I am working with my batting. So maybe I can be able to do something good with the bat.”
Since that 32-run knock in the Asia Cup final as part of his 120-run opening partnership with Liton Das, Miraz now has a different attitude and perception altogether regarding his batting capability.
“I never thought I could open in the final. Mashrafe bhai had proposed me to do it on the eve of the match, and all the seniors were quite helpful. Their support provided me with a lot of confidence. With the lesson I learned from that innings, I now think I can bat at any position for my team if the necessity arises. I will be mentally prepared for something like this to happen without any prior notification.
“I was under tremendous pressure in the Asia Cup final. But now that I overcame it, I think this experience will help me a lot in future, Whenever I will play in another final of any big events, or when the situation is like ‘do or die’, I will have the belief that I can adjust to any responsibility I am offered with.”
According to Miraz, he has outfoxed many challenges in the past, and now his biggest challenge will be to prove himself as a worthy all-rounder.
“I always like taking new challenges. The harder the challenge is, the better my enjoyment is. And when you have got the team management helping you from the back, and the senior players also providing support, naturally your confidence touches the sky,” Miraz concluded.