Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Contenders - Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one team who will be competing in this world cup to prove themselves. Till now, they have always been rated as the minnow's of the cricketing world but this time, especially being in good form and home conditions, they can surely turn the tables around. They have shown, many a times, that they are capable of winning matches against the best of the world. However, their biggest worry would be about performing in front of their home crowd.


Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh is a good batting side who can chase formidable totals of 300 odd runs. They rely on Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Ul Hasan heavily in the batting department, however, they do have players like Md. Ashraful who balances the team with his kind of experience and abilities to stand up against the best of the bowlers. Then, the young team members Imrul Kayes, Mushfique Rahim, Mahmudulla and Shahriar Nafees who provides that young energy to the batting brigade. I have especially been impressed by Mahmudulla's performance at number 5-6 in the ODIs. Rating the Bangaladeshi team, i would say they are better in the batting department than compared to others, so their batters will really need work hard and put maximum effort if they want to make a reputation in this world cup.


Abdur Razzak
Bangladeshi team will surely miss Mashrafe Mortaza, their premier fast bowler, who'll be missing the world cup due to injury. Even though, they have a good spin bowling attack but they lack a good fast bowler. I'm not taking anything away from their current fast bowlers, however, the fast bowling attack haven't been able to click for the Bangladeshi's. However, its good to see some new faces in the fast bowling department who can prove to be a surprise to their competitors.

Other than fast bowling, Bangladeshi spin bowling attack can be marked as one of the best in their own conditions. Abdur Razzak and Shakid ul Hasan have done it earlier and can beat the bats of the best again in their home conditions.


Bangladeshi team's fielding has certainly improved in last couple of years, especially, because of the young cricketers they have been pulling up. Tamin Iqbal and Shakib ul Hasan would have to lead by examples in these departments too.

Summing it up, Bangladesh is not the side someone would rate less especially in a One dayer and in their home conditions. Bangladesh, for me, have good chances of making it through to the knockout round as they will be playing all of their league matches on their home grounds. Tamim Iqbal, Shakib ul Hasan and Abdur Razzak are my favorite picks from this team.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan(captain),
Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain),
Mushfiqur Rahim (wk),
Md Ashraful,
Imrul Kayes,
Shahriar Nafees,
Juaneed Siddiqui,
Roquibul Hasan,
Mahmudullah Riyad,
Naeem Islam,
Abdur Razzak,
Suhrawardi Shuvo,
Shafiul Islam,
Nazmul Hossain,
Rubel Hossain.
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