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  • 27 Mar
    CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving is prepared to make a most memorable pass.Clevelands star point guard said hes going to give his diamond NBA championship ring to his father, Drederick. Irving, whose 3-pointer in the final two minutes of Game 7 helped the Cavs complete their historic comeback over Golden State in the finals, said following Saturdays practice that he intends to give the keepsake to his dad.I give my dad almost everything, he said. So, every accomplishment, every MVP award, every trophy that Ive had since I was probably about 13 or 12, Ive given to my dad.Irving and his father, who was playing professionally in Australia, where the point guard was born, have an exceptionally tight bond. Kyries mom died when he was young, pulling him closer to his dad.The Cavs will receive their rings before Tuesdays home opener against the New York Knicks. 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Before Razzak could say anything, Mehedi asked him: Bhai, can you have a look this way? Am I bowling fine now?The eagerness to absorb every bit of experience around him has remained with Mehedi in his early days in the senior team. Coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that his passion had made him stand out.He is an exceptional talent, said Hathurusingha. He is keen to do well, which is big for me. He has enthusiasm in the game. He is always sitting next to me or the other coaches in the dressing room, listening to every word that we are saying. He is very keen to learn.There was never any doubt in the team managements mind that they had found themselves an exceptional talent - in fact, in an echo of Australias unveiling of Shane Warne on the 1993 Ashes tour, Bangladeshs captain Mushfiqur Rahim admitted that they had deliberately omitted Mehedi for the Afghanistan ODIs last month to keep him as a secret from England.We knew what type of player he is, said Mushfiqur. We wanted him to play against England rather than Afghanistan so that they dont know anything about him.It is all his credit that he did so well. Theres a lot to learn from him, and I know he has the calibre to do well in the future, he said.Mehedi was certainly the surprise package that England couldnt deal with. He picked up 19 wickets in his maiden Test series, beating Enamul Haque jnrs 11-year old record of 18 wickets in two Tests against Zimbabwe in 2004-05 which resulted in Bangladeshs first Test series win.Mehedi was phenomenal in both Tests, starting off with a six-wicket haul at Chittagong on his first day of Test cricket.His maiden Test wicket said big things about Mehedis ability to absorb the information around him. When Mushfiqur told his bowlers to bowl at the stumps on the turning Chitttagong pitch, Mehedi did exactly that, drawing Ben Duckett into a stroke but getting the ball to turn past him sharply.dddddddddddde took six more wickets in that game, while in Dhaka, he ran through England in the first innings by doing a similar job of pitching his offbreaks right up to the batsman at decent pace. He bowled with loop to the left-handers, in particular, but accuracy was his main weapon, especially when armed with the new ball. His arm ball was a constant menace, even though he himself admitted he doesnt know how it came out.His rise to national stardom has been dizzyingly quick, but Mehedi said that after the Under-19 World Cup ended in February this year, he was ready for the call.I always wanted to do well whenever I got the opportunity. I didnt really think it would be this series. It could have been any time in the next year or two. I wanted to come into the national team with a strong mentality so that I could perform well, he said.But it is easy to forget that, even three weeks ago, he was just a first-class cricketer who had graduated from the age-group scene. Almost overnight he seems established alongside the big names of the Bangladesh team, but Mehedi has not stopped learning either.I watch Shakib bhai closely, he is such a brilliant bowler. I try to adopt what he is doing, said Mehedi.It is easy to compare him with offspinners like Sohag Gazi and Naimur Rahman, who also started their Test careers very well. Both faded away fast not only because of their own lack of performance, but also due to Bangladeshs immense dependence on left-arm spin.Mehedi doesnt have trouble with his bowling action, and seems to have a mature approach to his game. It is still early days for him but, even from this point, he shouldnt be judged on his first Test series forever - neither should anyone expect him to be this effective on New Zealands pitches in January.He should be treated more like Mustafizur Rahman than a normal Bangladeshi offspinner. If he is so keen to learn his art, give him a bigger classroom and let him learn his way to the top. ' ' '