Bangladesh cricket team can make an upset. (AFP Photo)
There was a time when the Bangladesh cricket team’s defeat was considered certain if it was a match against a stronger team. This team was not very strong. But times changed and Bangladesh has established itself as a team that can beat any team anywhere. Recently, this team defeated India in the Asia Cup and showed that it has the power to defeat any big team. Bangladesh team had also defeated India in the three-match ODI series at home. For this reason, no one will make the mistake of taking Bangladesh team lightly in the ODI World Cup starting on Indian soil from October 5.
If we talk about the performance of Bangladesh in the year 2023, it has played 20 ODI matches in which it won eight while the result of three matches could not be declared. This team captained by Shakib Al Hasan will try to give its best this time. In the last ODI World Cup played in 2019, this team had started well but then deviated from the line. In that tournament, Shakib single-handedly won the matches for Bangladesh. The same will be expected from him this time also. Bangladesh has not even played the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup even once and this time it would like to do the same.
What is the strength of this team?
Bangladesh has good batsmen and spinners. This team has two good spinners in the form of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehdi Hasan Miraj who can wreak havoc for the batsmen on Indian soil. The world knows about Shakib and what he can do. This left arm spinner is rich in experience which will be useful for the team. Mirage also has a lot of power in its off-spin. This team also has a lot of surprise elements, one of which is Mirage. Miraj is not only known for his excellent off-spin but he can also win the match for the team with his batting. This batsman has scored a century by coming at number eight in ODI and that too against India.
Although the team’s batting has suffered a setback because Tamim Iqbal has not been selected in the team due to injury, but still Bangladesh has batsmen who can score fast. Shakib’s bat also moves very well. Apart from him, there are Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahamudullah and Nazmul Hasan Shanto. If his bat works then other teams are sure to face problems.
What is weakness?
Due to the absence of Tamim, Bangladesh’s weakest link is its opening pair. Here the team has the options of Tanjeed Hasan, Mohammad Naim who can open the innings with Liton Das. However, both of them do not have much experience in matches. Apart from this, the team’s fast bowling attack has also weakened due to Ibadat Hussain’s injury. In such a situation, a lot of the burden fell on the shoulders of Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman. Apart from these two, the team does not have any great fast bowler. This is the weakness of this team. Apart from this, if we look at the team, lack of continuity has caused a lot of damage to Bangladesh. The team is not able to play well consistently. If the team wants to give its best in the World Cup, then it will have to work on it.
- 7 October, vs Afghanistan, Dharamshala
- October 10, vs England, Dharamshala
- October 13, vs New Zealand, Chennai
- 19 October, vs India, Pune
- 24 October, vs South Africa, Mumbai
- 28 October, vs Netherlands, Kolkata
- 31 October, vs Pakistan, Kolkata
- 6 November, vs Sri Lanka, Delhi
- 11 November, vs Australia, Pune
Bangladesh team for World Cup
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Nazmul Hasan Shanto (vice-captain) Liton Das, Tanjeed Hasan Tamim, Tauheed Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahamudullah, Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmood, Shoreful. Islam, Tanzeem Hasan Saqib.
Bangladesh’s performance so far in the World Cup
- 1999- Group Stage
- 2003- Group stage
- 2007- Super-8
- 2011- Group Stage
- 2015- Quarter finals
- 2019- Group Stage