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‘2019 World Cup boosted my confidence’

Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz has said that his will to play all three formats has resulted his rise in ODI cricket. 

On Wednesday, the latest ICC player rankings saw Miraz getting three places up to number two in men’s ODI bowling rankings, becoming only the third from his Bangladesh to enter top two.

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“Alhamdulillah. It feels great to be No.2 in the rankings. I never thought I would be a No.2 ranked bowler,” Miraz, who has taken seven wickets in two ODIs vs Sri Lanka this series, reflected.

“I started (my international career) with Tests. But I always wanted to play all formats, not just Tests.

“When I started my ODI career, I wanted to contribute to my team anyhow. I focused on maintain the economy rate, because that would retain my place in the team and I could help making breakthroughs. I worked on little things. I have worked on them with the coaches.”

Miraz has 54 wickets in 49 ODIs (48 innings). His average of 33.79 may not be too appealing but his economy rate – 4.42 – should be, considering the modern days.

The 23-year-old feels the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, where he claimed six wickets at 5.06 in seven games, helped him sharpen up as a white-ball bowler.

“I wasn’t a regular ODI player in earlier stages of my career. It was only in 2018 West Indies tour from when I started playing the format regularly. I then continued my way into the Asia Cup, West Indies series (at home), Ireland tri-series and the 2019 World Cup.

“The World Cup particularly boosted my confidence. Pitches in England don’t spin much, so I focused on containing the batters even if I didn’t take wickets. Those little things helped me succeed against Soithy Africa, New Zealand and England.”

Miraz (725 points) has an opportunity to topple New Zealand’s Trent Boult, currently ranked No.1 with 737 points, in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on May 28.

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