Ramesh Powar is my bowling idol. Mehidy Hasan Miraz
- Mehidy Hasan said that Ramesh Powar is his bowling idol
- In 2016 as well, Miraz had said that he grew up idolising Powar
- The former India spinner is now the bowling coach of India A
After the 2016 U-19 World Cup, Mehidy Hasan Miraz took giant strides and made it to the Test team for the two-match series against England that took place later that year. The youngster didn’t disappoint and finished with 19 wickets in the two Tests against the Alastair Cook-led side. His 12-wicket haul in the second Test also saw Bangladesh defeat the visitors to level the series 1-1.
Mehidy hasn’t come up with consistent performances since then but remains a regular fixture in the playing XI. Recently, the 22-year-old talked about the early days of his career and revealed that he grew up idolising former India spinner Ramesh Powar.
“Ramesh Powar is my bowling idol. When I started practicing at young age, I used to bowl in different actions. I couldn’t find comfort in bowling in different actions. I couldn’t bowl in a suitable place too,” he told Bdcrictime.
“Suddenly one day while watching a match of India, Ramesh Powar came in bowling. He was quite fat then. There was quite a turn in his bowling. I found his bowling action very nice. There were much turns too. I was thinking- so fat people, managed to bowl in such good place of the wicket with much turns. So, let’s try to bowl like him one day in the field,” Miraz added.
This isn’t the first time that Mehidy has talked about idolising Powar. Soon after his debut, Mehidy surprised the cricket fraternity when named Powar ‘as his hero’.
“Though I have never met him, Ramesh Power is my hero. I used to watch him play IPL matches on TV and took inspiration from him,” he had said in 2016. Like Powar, Mehidy also has an uncomplicated bowling action.
Talking of former India spinner, Powar played 2 Tests and 31 ODIs form 2004 to 2007. He took over coaching after retiring from professional cricket. Powar was the head coach of the women’s team during 2018 T20 World Cup. In 2019, he took over as the bowling coach of India A.