Bangladesh rise in the last five years in international cricket has been impressive to witness by cricket fans and they are no longer a team which is not taken seriously by others.
When the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup will officially begin from May 30, the Tigers as they are called will be one of the dark horses in the competition. The other sides will need to guard against complacency as Bangladesh can certainly have the ability to upstage big teams in this World Cup.
Since the 2015 World Cup, Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit has registered 34 wins in 62 matches in the 50-over format with a win-to-loss ratio of 1.30, much better than the likes of Australia (1.027), Pakistan (0.833), West Indies (0.45) and Sri Lanka (0.43).
Their previous outing on the English soil in the mega event – during the Champions Trophy in 2017 – should give them more belief as they managed to qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of teams like Australia and New Zealand. However, Bangladesh cricket team will be wary of their mediocre record in the World Cups in the past where they only managed to win 11 in 32 outings.
In the team’s last 50-over assignment before the mega event, Bangladesh emerged victorious in a Tri-Nation tournament which also included hosts Ireland and West Indies. The side played exceedingly well and managed to beat West Indies in the finals of the competition. Bangladesh will be looking to continue their winning momentum in white-ball cricket and maintain their standards with bat and ball in this World Cup.
There are plenty of experienced players in the mix as Bangladesh announced their 15-man squad for Cricket World Cup. Pace bowler Abu Jayed was a surprise inclusion in the squad after his good show with the ball in the Ireland Tri-nation series.
In the batting department, the team will have the services of players like veteran opener Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim – a combination which should be good enough to tackle the threat of any bowling opposition in any conditions. If those batsmen are not good enough, then there are experienced all-rounders like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain, who can contribute with both bat and ball.
In the bowling department, Bangladesh has a lot of versatility. There are right-arm pacers like captain Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, then there is left-arm Mustafizur Rahman who can prove to be extremely handy, whereas there spin attack comprised of Mehidy Hasan, Shakib, and Mahmudullah which is more than capable of creating problems for any batting lineup.
Captain – Mashrafe Mortaza
Batsmen - Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun
Swashbuckling Tamim Iqbal is expected to be leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in this year's World Cup. In recent times, he has not scored many runs with the bat in limited-overs cricket.
All-rounders- Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Saifuddin
Shakib Al Hasan is being termed as one of the best all-rounder currently playing in the game and the reason is his incredible numbers with both bat and ball in limited-overs cricket. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be looking to deliver consistency with bat and ball for Bangladesh in this year’s World Cup.
Bowlers - Mustafizur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraaz
Veteran Pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza will be looking to make early inroads with the new ball for the side in this year’s World Cup.
The side will take heart from the fact they won their first World Cup game on English soil against Scotland in 1999. Bangladesh also pulled off an upset and defeated Pakistan in the Group Stages of 1999 Cricket World Cup played in the UK.
2007 Cricket World Cup proved to be a turning point for Bangladesh cricket as they managed to beat big top teams like India and South Africa in the competition. Bangladesh was knocked out in the first stage of the 2011 World Cup played in India. Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit was beaten by India in the quarterfinals of 2015 Cricket World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand.
Here's a look at the history of Bangladesh’ performance in World Cups over the years and the respective Trophy holders:
Bangladesh’s opening match in the competition is up against South Africa at Kennington Oval on June 2 whereas their last round-robin match is against Pakistan on July 5 at Lords Cricket Ground in London.
At Betrally, Bangladesh is placed at the ninth place to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup and outright odds are 81.00.
Bangladesh is expected to beat teams like West Indies, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the round-robin stage of the competition. The side will need to raise their game with the bat to beat top sides like India, Pakistan, and England.
For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mahmudullah will need to deliver consistent runs for the side in this World Cup. The outright odds in the Top Batsman category for Tamim Iqbal are 51.00.
The side certainly has a decent chance of doing well in this year’s World Cup. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. seemed to have all the bases covered and will be keen to get off to good start in the 2019 Cricket World Cup that will begin from 30th May.
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