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Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan reaches career-best 2nd spot, says ‘2019 World Cup gave me lot of confidence’

New Delhi: The third and the last match of three ODI series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be played on May 28. Prior to this, ICC has released MRF Worldwide ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings on Wednesday. Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz said that he never thought that he would be able to reach the number two spot in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings.

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According to ESPNcricinfo, Mehidy said, “I was a Test specialist when I started but I always wanted to play all the formats successfully. I wanted to contribute to the team when I started playing ODIs. I focused on the economy rate because that would keep me in the team and allow me to get breakthroughs. I understand that batsmen are in a rush to score runs in ODIs. I was more focused on the small things, what improvement will help the team, help me be in the team.”

The 23-year-old Bangladeshi player Mehidy said, “I never thought I could reach No. 2 in the ODI rankings, so I am feeling great. I want to thank my teammates and team management, who supported me a lot. Everyone in the team is happy for me, which is really pleasing for me.”

“I became an ODI regular from the 2018 away series in West Indies. The 2019 World Cup gave me a lot of confidence, particularly in a country where there were not any spin tracks. I planned so that the batsmen could not dominate me, even if I didn’t take wickets. Small things make all the difference. It worked in a few matches – against South Africa, New Zealand, and England,” he added.

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“I really love it when my teammates back me up, particularly when I am down. I think it is a massive thing for a player. I do not think I would have come this far if my team-mates did not back me in my bad days,” he added. 

Bangladesh have won the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka so far. The hosts lead 2-0 in the ongoing three-match series. The final ODI will be played on Friday.

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