The 19-year old Mehedi Hasan Miraz showed his class yet again as the youngster took six wickets in the second innings as well to lead the Tigers to a memorable win over England.
The off-spinning all-rounder finished the match with brilliant figures of 49.3-4-159-12 and was duly adjudged player of the match. In total, he took 19 wickets in the two Test matches and was also adjudged man of the series.
Miraz had already written his name in the record books and Sunday was no exception as he added quite a few achievements to his credit.
Miraz is now the highest wicket-taker (19) in a two-match Test series, breaking the tally of John Feris who holds the record with 18 wickets in 1887.
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Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh shares a light moment with Miraz DHAKA TRIBUNE
He also became the second Bangladesh bowler to take 12 wickets in a Test match after Enamul Haque Jr. Enamul also took 12 wickets against Zimbabwe in 2005 but Miraz is on the top of the list with a better average.
The highly-rated Under-19 captain certainly proved his worth in the Test team and enjoyed a dream series. The youngster was ecstatic after the historic Test win and when queried about the achievements, he said winning the five-dayer for Bangladesh is more important for him, rather than personal accolades.
“We have won the game. The best part is Bangladesh won the game. That is more important to me. I feel really good to become a part of the winning side. All my life, I have seen Shakib [al Hasan] bhai, Tamim [Iqbal] bhai, Mushfiqur [Rahim] bhai, [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai on TV. They are my idols. Now I am playing with them in the same team. It’s a thrilling moment for me,” Miraz told the media after the game.
At one stage, England were 100 for no loss and were cruising towards the target. Miraz however, said they always had the confidence that they would bounce back.
“We had the confidence that we can come back from that position if we are able to break the partnership. Our captain told us to check the runs and not panic. Then pressure will increase and wickets will fall. We stuck to our game plan and executed it well,” he said.
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Bangladesh players applaud as Miraz walks to collect the individual awards, including the player of the series trophy DHAKA TRIBUNE
Miraz also gave credit to the senior players of the team for his remarkable success and said he was comfortable at the dressing room from the very beginning, thanks to their presence.
“Senior players have given me tremendous support. I did not feel that I am a newcomer. Everyone inspired me to do well for the country. It helped me a lot,” he said.
Miraz admitted that favourable conditions enabled him to launch his career with a flurry of wickets. He said the real challenge will be to take wickets abroad but vowed to carry on the good work.
“The pitch was favourable here. Probably that’s why I managed to get a few wickets. But in future, I have to work really hard because Bangladesh will play away Test series' in the coming days. So I have to prepare myself mentally and work harder to take that challenge,” he said.