The ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) saw an astonishing rise of the Bangladeshi pacers when the wickets never was so conducive for them.
Amongst the top 10 wicket-takers at this moment in the tournament, nine were pacers and only three spinners found their place in top 20. The stat suggested how dominating the pacers were in this tournament.
More surprisingly, surpassing all quality foreign fast bowlers, a young local paceman Mehedi Hasan Rana, who is playing for Chattogram Challengers leads the bowling chart with 13 wickets in five matches. His teammate and veteran Rubel Hossain is in second spot with eight wickets in six matches.
The Bangladeshi pacers thrived even in high-scoring matches, showing their ability to bowl in a pressurized situation. The Bangladeshi pacers rise in this special edition of BPL proved that they could be as lethal as the spinners if they get proper pitch and condition.
While some other Bangladeshi pacers like Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain continued with their good work, the rise of the young pacers like Rana and his High Performance (HP) teammate Hasan Mahmud, Mukidul Islam was a pleasant surprise for the team management.
Hasan Mahmud and Mukidul could not take wickets in abundance like Rana but showed immense promise.
Playing for Dhaka Platoon, Hasan so far took four wickets in four matches but said that it is a healthy completion between the local pacers as they want to surpass each other in every match.
Mukidul, of Rangpur Rangers, took three wickets in three matches but his pace drew most of the attention.
"We, the young players, have the ability to bowl well. We need to learn to control our bowling and then we can make a difference," Hasan Mahmud said in Chattogram.
"We are now playing this tournament determined to make our case stronger. And that is why we have a healthy competition amongst us as we want to make the cut in the national team. So it is a challenge for all of us. Those who we were in the HP, is playing this tournament now. That is why we have competition amongst us and that is healthy."
Hasan Mahmud said that the wickets of the BBPL is very good for batting and that is why it is more challenging for the bowlers.
"If the pace bowlers do well in batting wicket, their confidence level goes up. So it is a good thing," he said.