In England, where spinners normally get very little support and only pacers get some help from the pitch and overhead conditions, Mehedi Hasan Miraz understands his responsibility is one of being a supportive one
Since the inception of shorter format cricket, bowlers often prefer restricting batsmen over picking up wickets.
And the in the forthcoming World Cup, this could be the main mantra for the men with cherry as pitches and conditions are expected to be conducive for scoring piles of runs.
Bowlers are preparing their combat plans by considering these facts and Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz said his target will be to restrict the opponents for lower totals.
“I have always said, for spinners here, more than wicket-taking it is about containing runs and supporting the other bowlers,” said Miraz in Cardiff Saturday ahead of their practice match against Pakistan Sunday.
Miraz is regarded as the chief weapon in Test matches in Bangladesh conditions with his spin bowling, but in the shorter formats, the youngster changes his strategy, emphasizes on accuracy and becomes one of the most frugal bowlers for the Tigers.
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In England, where spinners normally get very little support and only pacers get some help from the pitch and overhead conditions, Miraz understands his responsibility is one of being a supportive one.
“As a spinner, I think we have to support the pace bowlers. If I can save runs, then maybe wickets will come from the other end or if pressure is created then there will be chances. That will be my aim, and that is what I have tried to do from the start – to save runs and give as little away in 10 overs,” said the spinner.
Miraz has led Bangladesh in two U-19 World Cups but the 21-year old all-rounder, who is gradually becoming one of the most reliable players in the senior side, will make his debut in the main World Cup this season.
He is relishing the challenge as always.
“Challenge is always there in international level and it feels nice to take up the challenge. And it is a personal challenge to see how well I can do in these conditions. Obviously, the team are also depending on me and I will try to deliver what the team want from me. I have always tried to make up for the shortfall in the spin department and will continue to do so,” said Miraz.