Bangladesh off-spin prodigy Mehedi Hasan Miraz believes that instead of trying too many things he should trust his basics as that is expected to provide dividend in the coming days and will also strengthen his spot in the team.
Mehedi Hasan burst into the international arena in 2016, when he picked up nineteen wickets in his debut Test series against England. He then went on to make his ODI debut in 2017 against Sri Lanka but wasn’t regular in the limited overs format. But since Bangladesh’s last tour of West Indies, he has been a regular in the ODI eleven too. Everyone was left in awe when he came to open the batting with Liton Das in the Asia Cup final where they put up a 120 run stand.“Why am I playing ODIs now? Because I am giving away less runs,” he said.
“I am playing regularly since the last series against West Indies. I was irregular in the ODI side before that. Everyone kept saying that Miraz is just a Test bowler. But I didn’t want to remain as just a test bowler. I thought of what I can do. I talked with Mashrafe (Mashrafe Mortaza) bhai. He told me that I’ll have to try to keep my basics right and give away as little runs as possible in ODIs. If you can do this, you’ll get a chance in the eleven. I have been playing regularly since the Windies tour by following this advice,” he added.
“My economy in ODIs is good. I am currently emphasising on that,” he specified.
“If I try a lot of things and give away too many runs, the captain or team will not keep me in the eleven. They want economic bowling from me. They don’t want three wickets for 70 runs from me. If I can play regularly like this, strengthen my spot, I will try to improvise a lot. I will think of something new,” Mehedi explained.
“I think it’s still not the right time for me to try something new. At first, let me strengthen my basics. When I will be satisfied with my basics, I will try something new,” he told the reporters.
“Think of Ashwin, Once upon a time, he was also a traditional spinner. He added his carom ball or other skills only after he gained experience. Just like Shakib (Shakib Al Hasan) bhai, they are so experienced that they can add anything new. I want to strengthen my basics first. I want to focus on bowling in good areas, giving away less runs, taking wickets in times of need. When can build these up and be able to do well, I will be able to improvise. If I try to improvise now, I might lose my basics. Moreover, the plan of the team might get ruined,” Mehedi concluded.Mehedi has been claimed as one the biggest prospects of Bangladesh cricket and is lauded as one for the future. Saying that, with his willingness to learn and ability to cope, he might be able live up to that expectation and be a real frontrunner for the Bangladesh team in the future.