Much has been discussed about his batting in the last 4-5 years. All knew he has that ability to become a solid all-rounder and do even better with the bat, but something had been missing.
Miraz himself ruined some of the chances he got to show his batsmanship on some occasions even though he mostly bats at number 8 or 9. The innings that he played today against Windies showed some glimpses of what batsman Miraz can do.
Miraz was mostly recognised as a batsman than a bowler during his age level days. But his batting soon faded away with him making his international debut against England and picking up wickets for fun in Tests. The board and the team management wanted him to continue as a bowler more than a batsman, he was content too.
The all-rounder had only two fifties in his 5-year Test career so far. One against India and the other came against Windies, that too nearly 26 months ago. Miraz needed something special to regain his confidence in batting and showcase what he can actually contribute to the team.
Miraz's previous best first-class innings was of 80. He only scored fifty once in ODIs.
His innings of 103 off 168 balls today was a display of his true batsmanship.
The confidence and temperament Miraz showed today, the way he batted was truly noteworthy. He came on to bat early in the morning after Liton Das departed. The pitch hinted of some spin, pacers were going at a good pace as well.
He was well composed and played according to the deliveries. Accompanied Shakib while he was at the crease and kept scoring runs as well.
Some shots that he played during the innings certainly caught the attention of all. He was confident playing shots and when he hit, he hit it hard.
The boundaries he hit early in his innings off Shanon Gabriel and Kemar Roach would be just enough to show his batting ability if anything else. The boundary off Jomel Warican with an inside-out shot is probably the best shot of the match so far. He played all of them comfortably.
The best part of his innings was the way he batted with the tail-enders. Showed no urgency whatsoever.
Miraz's batting is eye-pleasing. Anybody watching him bat for the first time won't even realise that he is a 'bowling' all-rounder who is so comfortable playing with a straight bat. His drives, flicks and even defences are the basic batsman's elements that he has within him. Not being polished for a long time may have added some rustiness but that can surely be brushed off.
One can only hope this is just the beginning of 'batsman' Miraz. But the question remains, will he be able to rise up to the expectations? Only time will tell. But for that, he needs to realise his worth as well as the team management to not waste him as a mere bowling all-rounder.