The campaign of Bangladesh starts off on October 24th against the team that finishes second 2 in group A of the world cup qualifiers. Due to the difficult weather conditions at home, the team played a couple of games against UAE. Even after winning those games, there is a lot missing from the team. To achieve a noteworthy performance in this edition of ICC Wt 20, the team has to play well beyond the current potential.
In the last world cup, the team failed to win a single game under the leadership of Mahmudullah. Since the leadership core of the team has changed with a few of the senior players retiring. Though the dynamics of the team have changed, the results are nowhere along the expected lines. Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed the new captain of the cricket, team and he also has been not able to inspire them. This was evident in the Asia cup held recently, where the team performed way beyond our expectations of all of us. The team went on to lose all the games, but the real question is do you expect anything to change in this edition of the T 20 world cup?
One of the positive moves has been to discard some old heroes and bring new guns into the scheme of things. This is going to be the first world cup where a lot of seniors will be missing, and the responsibility lies in the hands of the younger lot. There could also be a possibility that you could be seeing Shakib Al Hasan last time on the T-20 stage. But the team needs to keep their emotion at bay and play to their full potential if they need to have any chances in this world cup. To make their presence worthy in this world cup, the performance of a few players is worth important.
Shakib Al Hasan
There is bound to be an enormous amount of responsibility on the captain of Bangladesh. After the conclusion of the world cup, he has not been part of the Bangladesh squad due to CPL commitments. Even he did not feature in the first couple of games that Bangladesh played in the tri-series in New Zealand. The team did not win a single game in the tri-series, but still, a few positive signs were on display. In spite of all the efforts, Shakib is expected to be a vital cog in the wheel as far as Bangladesh is concerned.
He is one of the few cricketers of Bangladesh who has played 101 T 20 cricket matches for Bangladesh. In fact, he has gone on to score 2045 runs at a strike rate of close to 120.72. Though his strike rate has often turned out to be the subject of discussion, as he plays the role of an anchor for the others to capitalize on. But one of the issues that have been confronting cricket in the last few years is his consistency.
Apart from that one of his roles would be to restore the prestige of Bangladesh. The country that has been a dark horse in various tournaments has, time and time again put in some great performances in the last few years. His performance in the world cup is nothing short of average, and it can turn out to be the perfect time where he is able to bring all those into action.
No doubt to the fact that he is one of the best bowlers that the team of Bangladesh has gone on to produce. He is not someone who can be consistent with the ball, but on a time-to-time basis, his economy rate has been the attractive point. When it comes to the tracks of Australia, his sheer pace may turn out to be a major asset for the Bangladesh cricket team.
To date, he has gone on to play 73 T 20 cricket matches for his national team. In these games, he has gone on to pick 94 wickets at an economy rate of 7.79. When it comes to the recent performances in the tri-series in New Zealand, he went on to capture seven wickets. But in the midst of this, he did go on to leak a lot of runs.
He is one of the most sought bowlers in the various T 20 leagues all over the world. Well, who can forget his dream debut in international cricket, where the Indian team were struggling to find answers to this type of bowling? In the IPL, he has been a top draw, and the main reason is that he can bowl in the power play overs and the death-overs. Being a left-hand bowler, he has caused a lot of damage in the world cup, as a lot of teams are not used to facing this type of bowling.
A delight to the eyes he is one of the most stylish batsmen that the country has gone on to produce. But the style has not covered to performance. He has the ability to score plenty of runs, but a point of consideration is that he has not been able to convert the starts into performance. He had to miss the Asia cup due to injuries, and he will be fresh in this edition of the world cup.
Till date, he has gone on to don the national colours of Bangladesh in 57 matches. So as to get a good start the team is expected to bank on him. With him in the top order no doubts to the fact that Bangladesh would be fancying their chances in this edition of the world cup.
Due to the presence of Nurul Hasan Liton Das will not have to keep wickets and this will work out to be a blessing in disguise. There is a lot of responsibility on his shoulders as the middle order has looked shaky in the last year.