Twenty-two-year-old Mehidy Hasan is an exceptional cricket talent to have emerged from the Bangladesh stable in recent years.
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Mehidy Hasan had a sensational start to his Test career when England toured Bangladesh in October 2016 for a two-match Test series. In the first Test match at Chattogram, England batted first and were surprised to see the debutant off-spinner called Mehidy Hasan given the new ball. The surprise soon turned into a shock as Mehidy ripped through the top order, accounting for the wickets of England’s debutant opener Duckett, Root, and Ballance to set up a thrilling match. England eventually won, they just managed to scrape through by a small margin of 22 runs. However, Mehidy wasn’t done with England yet. In the next match at Dhaka, Bangladesh batted first and collapsed for a low score of 220. In reply, England could manage just 244. The hosts put up a better show in the second innings, scoring 296 to set England a target of 273. It was England’s turn to collapse in the second innings for 164, handing Bangladesh a victory by 104 runs. England’s tormentor in both innings was Mehidy Hasan, who claimed 6/82 in the first and did even better in the second with figures of 6/77. The young off spinner’s 19 wickets in the series with three fifers in his first two games sent ripples around the cricket world.
Thereafter, Mehidy was regularly among the wickets and became a constant for Bangladesh in Test matches. When Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in November 2018, they got a good taste of Mehidy in the second Test at Dhaka. After the hosts had piled up 522/7 in the first innings, the visitors replied with 304, conceding a handy lead of 218 with Mehidy taking 3/61. Chasing a target of 523 in the second innings, Zimbabwe could manage just 224. This time around, Mehidy grabbed 5/38. Later that month, the West Indies gave Mehidy an opportunity to demonstrate the best of him at the same venue. In reply to Bangladesh’s mammoth first innings score of 508, the visitors could manage just 111, thanks to a brilliant 7/58 scored by Mehidy. Following on, the West Indies did not do much better in their second knock. This time, they crashed to 213 all out with the young offie taking 5/59. In 22 Tests, Mehidy Hasan has scored 638 runs at an average of 17.72 with the best score of 68 not out. He has also taken 90 wickets at 33.12 with the best bowling figures of 7/58 and seven fifers.
Mehidy played his first ODI in March 2017 on the Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka. After Bangladesh set the hosts a huge target of 325 to win, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 234 in the 46th over, with Mehidy’s 2/43 proving a handy contribution. When Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in October 2018, in the first ODI of the series at Dhaka, they were set a target of 272 but could only manage a reply of 243/9. Mehidy took 3/46 to counter the visitor’s attempt to win. In the third ODI of the West Indies tour of Bangladesh in December 2018, Mehidy achieved his best ODI bowling figures of 4/29 to be named the Man of the Match, after Bangladesh had taken merely 39 overs to chase down the modest target of 199. In 41 ODIs, Mehidy Hasan has scored 393 runs at an average of 17.86 with the best score of 51. He has also taken 40 wickets at 40.62 with the best bowling figures of 4/29.
Mehidy Hasan played his first T20I at Colombo against Sri Lanka in March 2017. Batting first Bangladesh scored 176/9. In reply, Sri Lanka could make only 131 before being bowled out. Mehidy bowled only two overs in which he conceded 15 runs without taking a wicket. Overall, his performance in T20Is has not been as impressive as in Tests and ODIs. However, these are his early days yet, as he has played just 13 matches in which he has scored 94 runs at an average of 10.44 with the highest score of 19 not out. With just four wickets at 82.50, Mehidy has the best bowling figures of 2/31.