I’m really happy, it’s an exciting moment for me. Thanks to all my team-mates and all their support. The senior players helped me when I was nervous.
Bangladesh’s newest recruit Mehedi Hasan completed a vicious display of bowling in his debut, restricting England to just 164 to level the two-match series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur short while ago. Mehedi was announced Man of the series as the two captains shared the Test trophy.
However, the tigers were the happy bunch as the visitors played tremendous cricket but failed to avoid the last minute collapse.
Chasing 273 in the second innings, England got off to an impressive start with both Cook and Duckett scoring half-centuries each. Mehedi’s brilliance in the 120’s and 160’s dismantled the visitors, swinging the match in favor of the home side.
From 0 for 100 at Tea, the visitors were bowled out for 164 in just a couple of hours. Bangladesh won the game by a margin of 108 runs.
Mehedi Hasan, on his debut, emerged as the pick of bowlers, bagging six wickets each in two innings.
“It’s a great moment for Bangladesh cricket. It was up and down and never knew which team would win. The coach was a bit fired up at tea, we didn’t bowl too well. Then they tried to bowl in good areas and did really well. The bowlers did a great job. We didn’t think Mehedi will shine like this. He’s a good batsman as well and hopefully will be a great allrounder for Bangladesh. In the last two years’ we’ve played well at home, but our next challenge is overseas. We have to adapt really well. You can’t get home conditions everywhere. We are getting there, hopefully, if we play more Tests there will be more good results. Hopefully, ICC and other boards will send us series against the big boys. I also want to say thanks to the ECB for coming and the security teams,” said the Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mehedi Hasan’s early life
Born on the 25th of October 1997 in Khulna, Mehedi Hasan Miraz first displayed his brilliance at the recently concluded ICC Under 19 World Cup as the skipper of the Bangladesh side. He managed to take his side to the semi-finals but failed to topple West Indies to progress to the all-important finals.
However, his individual contribution as an all-rounder was incredible. Mehedi scored 242 runs and picked 12 wickets in just a span of six games.
“If I could finish the innings, we would have made 250. Shaifuddin got out to the next ball after my dismissal. That pegged us back. We had five overs left with five wickets in hand. We had to take risks. A couple of fours and sixes would have helped us play our natural game,” said Mehedi who felt rather unlucky to end up on the losing side.
However, Mehedi was announced Man of the Match for displaying his brilliance against Sri Lanka in the 3rd place match that followed.
Growing up in Daulatpur in the outskirts of Khulna city, Mehedi learned the art of spin from the best in the country. Sheikh Salahuddin was considered the greatest of his time.
Gradually, he made his first-class debut against Rajshahi Division cricket team in February 2015. On his debut, he made 55 runs and bagged 4 wickets as well.
He took a total of seven wickets in his recent Test debut against England. Six out of the seven came in the first innings, surprising England batsman with vicious turn and bounce.
He was at his very best in the second Test which toppled England to dust.
With that being just the start, Mehedi can certainly do wonders for Bangladesh cricket in years to come. He undoubtedly has the potential to take Bangladesh to the highest level alongside players like Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman and the experienced Tamim Iqbal.
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