Waqar Younis was impressed with Rana
Bangladesh premier League (BPL) is often regarded as the domestic talent hunt program. In the last edition of BPL, if it comes the point of outcome, then Mehedi Hasan Rana is undoubtedly the one who came out to flourish himself. Even Pakistan legendary Waqar Younis was impressed with the youngster.
The 23-year-old fast bowler, came to the limelight with his eye-catching bowling in the BPL. The left-arm pacer come down to play in the Chittagong Challengers jersey in the latest edition of BPL.
Sylhet Sixers, the team representing the Sylhet region in the fifth BPL, Waqar worked as a mentor in one of the matches, and after that he became the head coach of the franchise. He was impressed by Rana’s bowling in the net. Though there is no possibility of Rana getting a chance in the XI, he gave a chance to Rana in the XI by leaving Bangladesh’s Test specialist bowler Ebadat Hossain.
The manager of the Sylhet Sixers in the BPL, Hannan Sarkar, told Waqar story of his fascination and his deep confidence in Rana’s ability. According to the former national team cricketer, Rana had great skill even before he looked at the sixth BPL.
In a live chat on bdcrickettime, Hannan said,
“Rana has done well in this BPL. But last year he was in the Sixers. When I was the team manager of Sylhet Sixers, I was responsible for forming the team. I took Rana to the team in the last call. Rana also knew he had not been included in the squad for the first time. However, coach Walker had confidence in that Rana from the beginning. Waqar Younis was our head coach. Ebadat was then in the national team camp. Waqar saw Rana bowling in the net and gave him a chance in the XI before Ebadat. Waqar’s eyes didn’t proved wrong. We all know his experience, his level of judgment.”
In the meantime, Rana had to go through the operation, due to hernia-related illness. He was out of the field for about a year and a half to heal that complex injury. Hannan Sarkar, a well-known face associated with cricket in various roles, thinks that Rana has lagged behind his peers.
“There is no doubt about the talent of the runner,” he said. Fell a little behind due to injury. However, he returned to the field after recovering from injury. Coming back after such a big gap is a huge challenge to do well. More challenging for pacers. Rana has overcome that challenge.” Hannan said.