Miraz realises pressure of death bowlers

Sports Correspondent

30 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz said on Sunday that being hit for four sixes in the opening game came as a blessing in disguise as he will be better prepared for the next time.

Ariful Haque hit four sixes in the final over as star-studded Gemcon Khulna secured a four-wicket victory over Fortune Barishal in the second game of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup under lights at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the second game of the opening day.

Khulna needed 22 runs in the final over. Just when it looked Barishal were cruising to victory, Ariful struck Mehedi Hasan Miraz for four huge sixes to chase down Barishal's 152 with a ball to spare. Ariful remained unbeaten for a 34-ball 48.

Mehedi bowled well in the last game and he gave full credit to his captain Tamim Iqbal and coach Sohel Islam for showing trust in him.

“It felt really bad after the game but no one was angry with me. Even the captain Tamim Iqbal encouraged me as well as the management. Because of them, the bad feeling didn’t stay long,” said Miraz.

“Everything in life is learning, even if I do good or bad. Although many will ask me to forget, I want to remember this as I believe in the future I wouldn’t do the same mistake,” he said adding that after the game he understood what goes through the death bowlers.

“Now I respect the death bowlers much more than what I did in the past because there are many who bowl in the death overs and my respect has grown as well for them as it needs the skill to balance the pressure,” he said.