No one really had a doubt about Mehedi Hasan Miraz. He proved his worth by sheer tenacity from an early age. In December 2015 he was named as the captain of Bangladesh’s squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Miraz managed to take his team into semifinal but lost to West Indies. In 3rd place play-off, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets. Mehedi Hasan Miraz is named Man of the Tournament for his all round performance. He scored 242 runs and took 12 wickets in 6 matches.
On 20 October 2016, Mehedi made his Test debut against England. Even though he is an off break bowler, he opened the bowling in his maiden Test innings. Ben Duckett, another debutant in the same Test match, became Mehedi’s first Test wicket. In the same match he also became the seventh and youngest Bangladesh player to take a five-wicket haul on debut in a Test. In his 2nd Test match he became the sixth bowler to take three five-for in his first two Tests and took 19 wickets in the Test series and became the 9th player overall and 1st from Bangladesh to win the man-of-the-series award in debut Test series.
Miraz’s Twenty20 debut came about during BPL 2016 season with the Rajshahi Kings. He proved his mettle as a strike bowler as he struck 8 times in his first over at BPL. He claimed 12 wickets which was instrumental for the Kings journey towards the BPL final.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz is not the ‘next big thing’ anymore. He is the current big thing, we are yet to see the full extent of this talented youngster.