Cricket news - WI achieved something unimaginable, why can't we - Mehidy

Mehidy played a valuable knock of 57, helping Bangladesh avoid a follow-on.

Mehidy played a valuable knock of 57, helping Bangladesh avoid a follow-on.

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan has said that he doesn't want to set any personal goals as it is only going to be an added pressure on his shoulders.

Mehidy became the quickest and youngest Bangladesh bowler to pick 100 wickets during the second Test against West Indies on Saturday (February 13), in Dhaka when he sent back Sheyne Moseley, who gave a catch to Mohammad Mithun at second slip in West Indies' second innings. The 23-year old has taken only 24 Tests and 41 innings to reach the milestone, overtaking fellow left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who achieved the feat in his 25th Test and in 45 innings.

"Nobody can say about the future but I want to go a long way. I can't say how many wickets I want to take or how many runs I want to score. I think if I set the goal, it will be extra pressure," Mehidy said at the end of the third day's play.

Mehedy added that he is confident he can score runs on a regular basis as he feels it will benefit the team if a lower order batsman can contribute with the willow. Bangladesh were struggling at 155 for 6 before Mehidy and Liton Das stitched 126 runs for the seventh wicket to help the host avoid follow-on and score 296 in their first innings, in reply to West Indies' 409. Mehidy made a valuable contribution of 57, and it was his second 50-plus knock in the Test series, having already hit his maiden Test century in Chattogram.

"I personally believe that I can bat well. I hope I can always contribute with the bat for the team," Mehidy said. "I started my international career as a bowler. When I first started I couldn't score many runs, so people recognized me as a bowler who can also bat a bit.

"But deep down inside I knew that I have the capabilities and kept pushing, and I still don't consider myself a front-line batsman in the national team, but if you consider the position in which I bat, if I'm able to score some runs, it's a huge help for the whole team. If a number eight can score fifty runs on a regular basis, then the team benefits hugely from it. I'm quite satisfied with the way my batting has shaped up."

Mehidy said that if they can bundle out West Indies for about 150-200 in the second innings, then they have a slight chance in the game. He, however, also admitted chasing 300 will be difficult on this pitch.

"Hard to say right now (how many runs can we chase) as the first thing we need to do is to get them all-out as soon as possible tomorrow, restricting them from having a big lead. The wicket is not favoring the batsmen anymore and the balls are keeping low. The turn is evident, so batting would be very difficult in these conditions, especially on the fifth day.

"I'd say we would try to bundle them out around 150-200 runs, which would give us somewhere near a 300-run target, which is still a hard task on a wicket like this. Though I believe in the skills and the mindset of our batsmen. I think anything is possible in cricket. West Indies achieved something unimaginable in the first Test, so why can't we repeat things in this one," he concluded.