• Friday, Jul 30, 2021
  • Last Update : 08:04 pm

Mahadi: My wicket was not valuable

  • Published at 09:36 pm December 23rd, 2019
Mahedi Hasan
Dhaka Platoon' Mahedi Hasan celebrates during their BBPL match against Cumilla Warriors in Chittagong Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Right-handed batsman Mahedi was sent to bat at number three to disturb Cumilla Warriors off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Dhaka Platoon all-rounder Mahedi Hasan has said his maiden T20 half-century, against Cumilla Warriors Monday, was driven by confidence from the fact that his wicket “was not valuable” for his side’s batting line-up.

Right-handed batsman Mahedi was sent to bat at number three to disturb Cumilla Warriors off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The decision proved to be worthwhile as the batsman contributed an explosive 29-ball 59, including two boundaries and seven over-boundaries, to help Platoon successfully chase the 161-run target. 

“They have Mujeeb and he is difficult to play. My wicket was not valuable; they must not have counted me as a batsman. I was sent to handle Mujeeb. I got to bat against the off-spinner, I took chances and got success,” Mahedi told the media at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Monday.

In first-class cricket, Mahedi has five centuries and 11 half-centuries in 58 innings. In List A, the right-handed batsman has a single hundred and three fifties in 53 innings. However, in the BBPL T20, he had an image as an attacking off-spin option and lower-order batsman. The 25-year-old made his international debut in a T20I at home against Sri Lanka In February 2018, following an impressive season in the BPL.     

“I have always batted this way in first-class cricket and other domestic tournaments. But the BPL is a bit different, as I do not get as many chances [to bat]. I am never able to bat at one position. Sometimes I am sent to bat at 10, sometimes at nine, and that becomes tough for me as the best bowlers are bowling at that time, with yorkers and bouncers, etc. I think I play better against the new ball and make use of the powerplay. The coach [Mohammad Salauddin] had that plan,” Mahedi explained.

As Mahadi had assumed the role of aggressor against Cumilla, established opener Tamim Iqbal took a conservative approach. Making a comeback after recovering from a high fever, Tamim added a low-key 34 off 40 deliveries. 

“The plan with Tamim bhai was that I would take chances and he would rotate the strike. It becomes tough when both batsmen try to attack the ball. I got the balls in my zone, for which Tamim could keep clam in the middle. He wanted to bat till the end [of the chase], as the runs were coming. We had one over where I think we scored 28 runs. That over made the difference for us,” Mahedi added.


52
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail