BP Sports Desk
Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan has emerged as a new prospect in Bangladesh cricket. The youngster has taken only a match to prove his worth.
He reached a new height in his debut match becoming the youngest bowler to take five wickets in the test cricket on debut.
The off-spinner took the wicket of Jomel Warrican to complete his five-wicket haul in the first Test against West Indies.
However, he also overtook Pat Cummins ‘s record – the Australia placeman achieved the feat aged 18 years 193 days — to become the youngest to attain the record. Nayeem also broke a few other records to complete a memorable Test debut as he became the third youngest bowler after Pakistan’s Nasim-ul-Ghani and Mohammad Amir to take a five-wicket haul in the longer-format.
Nayeem also beat the record held by Enamul Haque Jr, who had bagged five against Zimabwe in 2005 at the age of 18 years and 32 days, to become Bangladesh’s youngest to the feat.
He is the eighth Bangladesh player to get five wickets on debut with off-spinner Mehedi Miraz being the last player to have achieved the feat when he bagged six wickets against England in 2016. Nayeem is now fourth in the list all-time list of youngest player to take five wickets in an innings as well.
“I think Nayeem bowled exceptionally well as a debutant bowler. [Friday’s] wicket had less turn than [Saturday]. But Nayeem bowled brilliantly [Friday]. I believe he has a bright future for Bangladesh,” skipper Shakib said during the post-match press conference on Saturday.
“He has to learn a lot of things from now on in international cricket. And he will learn by getting more match-time. The best thing I have noticed in him is that he is brave,” he added.
The second and final Test of the series will start Friday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
BP Sports Desk