Bangladesh all-rounder Mehdi Hasan Miraj became a hero on Sunday. In the first ODI against India, he led his team to a thrilling one-wicket victory. Indian bowlers and fielders needed just one wicket to win.
Mehidy was joined at the other end by Mustafizur Rahman, who came in to bat at number 11, with a batting average of just 6.30. Bangladesh needed 51 runs to win. Everyone felt that Bangladesh would lose the match. A section of the packed crowd left the stadium, but Mehdi and Rahman combined to give Bangladesh a big win against India in Dhaka. Mehdi Hasan's statement has come to the fore after the match. Mehdi says that he never stopped believing.
Mehdi said- “Maybe people will call me crazy, but I had full faith that we can win.” “I only focused on winning matches. I kept telling myself that I can do this. I thought I would score 15 runs with Ibadat, 20 runs with Hasan Mahmood, and the remaining 15-20 runs with Mustafiz, but with two wickets down and the last wicket remaining, it became a do-or-die situation.
Mustafizur told me - don't worry about me
Mehdi revealed the conversation he had with Mustafizur Rahman, who was standing at the other end, and told that Mustafizur told him- 'Don't worry about me. I'll stop the ball at my end. I will take the ball on the body, but I will not get out. This happened when he hit Kuldeep Sen for two sixes in the 41st over. Mehdi said- 'If I thought that we would lose or would not be able to score the remaining runs, then it would not have worked.' “It was definitely a do-or-die situation. There was no problem in getting out trying to hit. When we needed 50 runs, I took a chance and it paid off."
Mustafizur keeps encouraging me
Mehdi further said- When we needed 14 or 10 runs, then I got excited. We have lost many close matches, but Mustafizur kept encouraging me. He told me, 'Don't rush, don't try to hit the six. You bat along the ground, we will score runs. I was very clear about my game plan. I knew what I wanted to do. I think that helped too."
Mehdi said, 'Mustafiz is my good friend. “He supported me a lot. One thing that stood out was his confidence. He kept telling me, don't worry about me. I will stop the ball at my end. I will take the ball on the body. His confidence shattered in me. He kept telling me not to worry about him.