Thursday, 2 February, 2023

‘We’ve crossed mental hurdle against India’

‘We’ve crossed mental hurdle against India’
Bangladesh’s players celebrate after their victory in the second ODI match against India at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz said on Tuesday that they have successfully crossed the mental hurdle against India that helped them earn their successive series victory over the neighbouring opponents.

Bangladesh survived a late onslaught by Rohit Sharma to beat India by five runs in the second one-day international and take an unassailable 2-0 lead at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday.

Bangladesh had the game in their pocket as they reduced India to 207-7 they posted 271-7 but Rohit played a gem of innings of 51 off 28 balls that nearly took his side to victory as they lost in the final ball of the game.

“I think we have crossed the mental hurdle against India in the opening game as we have lost couple of close matches against them. We had the belief that we can win the game and we did it today,” said Mehidy, adding that now they are eyeing for a cleansweep against India in the series.

“Why not? It is very much possible if we can win the next game and we are confident to do that,” he said.

Mehidy said that the team management’s faith on his ability to bat had given him the confidence to have more authority as a batsman.

Mehidy came into the international scene predominantly as a bowler but with passing days he is getting closer to become a proper all-rounder.

“Look when I came into the scene, I was treated as a bowler and at the point, I used to think that I can’t bat but with passing days, the team management have shown faith in my ability as a batsman and it helped to increase my confidence,” said Mehidy.

“You see in the recent past, I was promoted up in the order that implies I have the ability to bat and it certainly raised my confidence as a batsman,” he said, adding that his performance in the opening game also helped him have the belief system that can earn success.

“Both the matches were difficult but if I talk about my belief system in that case I have to say you got to have proper information backed by references and taking that into consideration I was pretty confident considering the performance of the last game played as a reference point to me and helped me imagine what I can do and how I want to do it,” he said.

Mehidy said that he is happy the way Mahmudullah and Nasum Ahmed contributed.

Bangladesh were 69-6 when Mehidy and Mahmudullah put up a record-breaking stand of 148 runs before Mehidy and Nasum shared an unbeaten stand of 54 runs to guide Bangladesh to 271-7 in 50 overs – a total that was finally enough to beat India again in the series.