Mehidy Hasan says performance matters the most; regardless of seniors or juniors

Mehidy Hasan says performance matters the most; regardless of seniors or juniors

Bangladesh will be extremely happy with their ODI series win over Afghanistan, mainly because there were contributions from multiple players, not just the seniors. Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das and Taskin Ahmed all put in significant match-winning performances in the first two matches, helping Bangladesh take an unassailable 2-0 lead with a game still left. Rashid Khan will join the Afghanistan team, leaving PSL early.

Miraz said that given the opportunity, the younger players are now aware of what they must do to become matchwinners for Bangladesh. He said that their contributions will only lift the team, particularly when playing alongside a group of seniors who have been remarkably consistent in the last ten years.

Bangladesh have had a lengthy wait for the next crop of cricketers to become consistent performers at the international level. Great but irregular performances, like Miraz’s big haul of wickets in his maiden Test series against England in 2016, have given them the opportunity to gain the spotlight. But only consistency can bring them greater success.

Performance comes first no matter who the player is – Mehidy Hasan

“The seniors always want the juniors to perform well, which will help the team,” Miraz said. “They always back us up, talk to us. Litton, Mustafiz (Mustafizur Rahman) and I have been around for the last five-six years. So we have a bit of experience. We want to use it to play good cricket. When we had the opportunity, we tried to put together a partnership by playing normally. When it became a big partnership, we started to think about winning the game. Grabbing this opportunity is going to help us in the future.

“We learned from the seniors who have brought big achievements to the country. They have helped Bangladesh take the next step. They have won Bangladesh many matches. When they were doing it, we (the junior members) would think that whenever we get the opportunity we will get the team to that stage too. We had that confidence when we were out there. When we reached our half-centuries, we told each other that if we can’t win the game this fifty would have no value. If we can win the game, it will be an achievement.”

“You get to play for the national team on the back of performance. We may be young in terms of age but being senior or junior shouldn’t be an excuse. Someone else will take my place if I am not performing. Sooner I can settle myself in international cricket, I can have a long career at this level,” he said.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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