Tigers attended third day of their training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday and Miraz joined for the first time but he was brimming with confidence
Bangladesh will play their upcoming home series against Zimbabwe from Sunday without two of their most experienced campaigners Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal but young Mehedi Hasan Miraz is confident to take the responsibility.
Tigers attended third day of their training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday and Miraz, who had been suffering from fever, joined for the first time but he was brimming with confidence.
“It’s unfortunate that Shakib bhai is injured and he is not available for the series. He is a world class player and number one all-rounder. Obviously replacement of Shakib Bhai is very tough but I believe as an all-rounder of the team it’s not an extra pressure for me. Actually it’s an extra responsibility for me as a bowler and batsman as well. Beside that I have to motivate other spinner as well. Hopefully I will perform well,” said Miraz to the media during practice session on Wednesday.
Miraz has been one of the brightest stars recently in Bangladesh cricket. The 20-year old all-rounder made a stellar debut two years back against England as he picked up 12 wickets to help his side clinch a historic win in the second match after picking seven wickets in his debut match.
Miraz, the former under-19 skipper, also thrived in the shorter version game as he has become one of the most economic bowlers maintaining a economy rate of just 4.35 overs bowling 137 overs in ODI till date.
Although he was a bit expensive in the final match of the Asia Cup, conceding 27 off four overs but his economy rate was under 3.5 in previous five games of the tournament that speaks loudly of his capacity considering the nature of modern day ODI.
Miraz thought he added some varieties in his repertoire recently that will accentuate his performance with cherry.
“I am thinking differently since the West Indies series. I have worked with the variation of my bowling. May be I was bowling with similar pace all the time in the past. Now I am trying to bowl with different pace and angle.”
Although Miraz has turned into a specialist off-spinner in national side but his all-round prowess was once again proved as he played a crucial knock in the Asia Cup final in opening, a slot that he never batted before. He claimed he is honing his skill with bat that he believed will help the cause of his side.
“I am working with my batting as well. Everyone knows I can bat well. But unfortunately I was not performing well with the bat. But now my confidence is coming back. Hopefully I can contribute with the bat for the team as well in near future.”
“It was the first time I was batting in the opening position for the national team. Captain told me to open on the previous night of the final. He and other senior players gave me a lot of support and advice,’ said the all-rounder.
All the players took part in skill session in the morning before attending the Psychologist’s Session at the Audio Visual Room of National Academy on Wednesday.
Players also took pictures with the ICC World Cup trophy at noon. World Cup trophy has arrived on Wednesday morning as part of its journey around the globe.