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Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin talk makes Bangladesh spinner Mehedi Miraz’s day

Ravichandran Ashwin led India to a crushing win against Bangladesh but didn’t forget to give spin advice to their upcoming spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2017 15:12 IST
Ravichandran Ashwin,Mehedi Miraz,India vs Bangladesh
Ravichandran Ashwin was the fastest to 250 Test wickets during the match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad last week. (PTI)

Bangladesh may have suffered a crushing defeat in the one-off Test against India but off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz is taking back home some fond memories.

The 19-year-old Bangladeshi was over the moon after getting some valuable one-on-one time with India’s world No 1 spinner and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin after the Test match in Hyderabad on Monday.

Miraz, who has grown up watching former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar’s videos, was looking for an opportunity to speak to Ashwin, his new idol, as soon as they had landed in India for the Test match.

It was the first time Miraz was able to see Ashwin bowl from close quarters. “He is the world’s No 1 bowler. I follow his bowling closely to see what he does in different situations. How he sets up a batsman and how he plans for his wickets. Whenever India play, I watch the match for him,” Miraz told

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It was a priceless moment for Miraz when Ashwin took out time for a chat with the Bangladeshi teen. “I was looking forward to meet him ever since the time we landed in India. After the match, I asked him how to handle certain situations. I have no experience of match situations. He encouraged me.

“He said I had the potential to have a long and successful international career and advised me to work really hard. He has so many variations, so I asked him about his different deliveries,” said Miraz.

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In just five Tests, Miraz has already claimed 25 wickets with five-wicket and a 10-wicket hauls. In the Test match against India, Miraz was able to claim just two wickets in the match as the Indian batsmen found no trouble to face him.

“I have a high arm action and can bowl in good areas, which are my plus points. I want to add more variety and vary my pace. I spoke to Ashwin about it. He told me to stick to my strengths. His advice was to follow my instincts and bowl in the manner I feel most comfortable in,” he said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2017 15:12 IST