POST TIME: 8 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Mehidy ready to act as all-rounder
Mominul leads eight Test players to India today
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Mehidy ready to act as all-rounder

A file photo of Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Bangladesh national team all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz said that he made himself well-prepared for the India series and ready to take extra challenges in Shakib Al Hasan’s absence for the upcoming two Test matches, slated to played from November 14.

Talking to the reporters at the SBNCS yesterday Mehidy Miraz explained how he prepared himself and honed his batting and bowling skills for the upcoming India tour after having a break from international schedules.

"Actually, I've trained very well in the last seven days. I concentrated on both batting and bowling departments and worked on my fitness level (gym, running) during this period of time. I think I had done a great job.”

“I’ve played in all three formats in the last 2-3 years. Now I am playing Test cricket. But the time I got in the middle, made me a more matured cricketer. I actually wanted some time to improve my batting and bowling skills, to work on  physical and fitness level. I want to play long-term cricket and it needs to develop fitness and skill levels for international cricket. I have to improve day by day. So I think this gap was important for me. I individually worked on some areas during this gap and I think it will help me a lot in future,” Miraz said.

“I think it was a much needed preparation for me before the India series. So, I am quite happy the way I trained myself and worked on my lacking, fitness and skills. But after all, it will come out good for me if I could execute those on the field,” he further added.

Talking about the India challenges Miraz viewed, “We have to be mentally prepared for the India series because it will be really challenging for us. It won’t be an easy Test series on Indian soil. But I think the way we are progressing and have been preparing ourselves, hopefully we can bring some good results in favour of us. We are also confident after the start we've got in the series. Overall, we've to deliver our best in each department.”

In the recently concluded three match Test series, India weren’t bowled out in each of their innings despite being played against quality South African bowling attack.

Miraz, talking about the challenges of spinners against quality India batting unit said that, “claiming twenty wickets will be a huge challenge for the bowlers. Especially without Shakib bhai, we spinners will have some extra pressure on us. As they are world class batsmen, we will have to take those extra challenges to create opportunities. Still I think if we maintain bowling at right areas, we can trouble their batsmen. In this sense our mental preparation is also very important,” he opined.

When asked whether Shakib’s absence to put an extra responsibility on him, Miraz explained, “When Shakib bhai bowls from one end, it personally helps me a lot to learn new things, especially when I feel any problem Shakib bhai immediately shows me the right way to bowl at. Due to his absence, I’ve to be mentally strong and well prepared. We have Daniel Vettori with us. So, If we follow his advice, the chances of being getting successful will be higher.”

Bangladesh is set to play first-ever day-night with the pink ball Test in Kolkata from November 22.

After having practice with the pink ball in the last few days Miraz said, “so far I just practiced to get adjusted with the pink ball. After consulting with the coaches in India I will think what I would need to do. I just found the pink ball grips a little bit and has some movements in it. But, I have to bowl more and more there to get some clear ideas,” he concluded.

In the meantime Mominul Haque led eight players set to fly for India today to join the Tigers. Mominul along with Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Saif Hassan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz,  Nayeen Hasan, Abu Jayed and Ebadot Hossain are scheduled to leave  Hazrat Shaljal International Airport at 12 noon.