Team Profile, Bangladesh: The Tigers Yet To Roar At This Level

NDTV May 24, 2019 03:09 pm
Bangladesh have not been able to justify their long existence at the One-day International level and World Cup 2019 comes as another chance to redeem themselves.
Team Profile, Bangladesh: The Tigers Yet To Roar At This Level
Mashrafe Mortaza has declared that World Cup 2019 in England and Wales will be the last. © AFP

Bangladesh began their World Cup participation from 1999 and so far their best displays were in the 2007 World Cup, where they reached the Super Eight and in 2015, where they reached the quarter-finals. While the team has caused some upsets at the world stage, their performances largely have been underwhelming.

Mashrafe Mortaza (captain)

At 35, Mashrafe is one of the oldest serving players of the Bangladesh squad and he has gone on record to state the World Cup 2019 will be his last. He recently performed well during the Windies' tour to Bangladesh in 2018, most notably for his 3/30 spell in the first ODI.

His best World Cup performance came against India in 2007, where his spell of 4/38 helped Bangladesh reach the Super Eight.

Tamim Iqbal

Tamim was always a class act and he has reemphasised that in the series against the Windies, where he scored two hundreds in three ODIs.

His stints in the World Cup however haven't been particularly on par with his reputation. 


Mahmudullah is a reliable batsman as seen in the series against New Zealand where he scored 146 in the Hamilton Test, followed by a 67 in Wellington. At 33, he also brings much-needed experience into this squad, despite his recent inconsistencies in ODIs.

His best performance came in the last World Cup, where he scored 128 not out against New Zealand.

Mushfiqur Rahim

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been a veteran in the Bangladesh line-up and is experienced, despite the fact that his recent stint against New Zealand was sketchy, and his ODI average this year is only 15.33.

Mushfiqur's best performance in the World Cup came against England in 2015, where he scored a match winning 89 of 77 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib hasn't done particularly well in ODIs in the recent past. He has however performed consistently well for the Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League, with taking wickets on a regular basis (the best of which being 4/16 against Chittagong Vikings) and scoring handy runs too (the best of which being 53 against Vikings as well).

Shakib's best bowling figures of in the World Cup are against New Zealand (4/55), while his best batting figures coming against Afghanistan, (63 off 51 balls).

Soumya Sarkar

Sarkar has been a regular in the Bangladesh middle-order, with an ODI average of 39.14 in the 2018-19 season and a highest score of 117 vs Zimbabwe in 2018.

Sarkar's World Cup performances have hardly been of any note, with his best score of 51 coming against New Zealand.

Liton Das

Das' performances in the 2018-19 season haven't been impressive, with an aggregate of just 18.33, with the only notable performance coming against India at Dubai (121).

This will be Liton Das' first World Cup.

Sabbir Rahman

The middle order batsman scored 102 against New Zealand at Dunedin in the most recent ODI that Bangladesh had played, making up for the ban he served for disciplinary issues.

His previous World Cup stint was modest, with his best score being 53 against Sri Lanka.

Mehidy Hasan

The young off-break bowler has taken 20 wickets in the 2018-19 ODI season, making him a very good prospect for Bangladesh's chances in the World Cup.

This is Mehidy Hasan's first World Cup.

Mohammad Mithun

The top-order batsman has played well in the New Zealand ODI series, scoring 62 and 57. His season average of 62.33 made him an automatic selection, with the highest score being 63 at the Asia Cup vs Sri Lanka.

This is Mohammad Mithun's first World Cup.

Rubel Hossain

An important player in the Bangladesh set-up, Rubel has performed consistently, taking 23 wickets in 2018 in ODIs.

Rubel has taken 13 wickets in the two World Cup's that he's been a part of. His best figures came against England in the match-winning 4/53.

Mustafizur Rahman

The strike bowler for Bangladesh, Mustafizur's fitness is an issue due to a recent ankle injury. However, his exploits in the IPL where he took 24 wickets for SunRisers Hyderabad in his first season, made him an automatic selection.

This is Mustafizur Rahman's first World Cup.

Mohammad Saifuddin

Saifuddin is handy with both ball and the bat, as shown in the New Zealand ODI series, where he had a batting average of 32.

This is Mohammad Saifuddin's first World Cup.

Mosaddek Hossain

Mosaddek has been a prolific presence at Bangladesh's middle-order, scoring runs at a brisk pace, while also taking wickets on a few occasions. He has a batting average of 31 since he made his ODI debut in 2016, while he has also taken 11 wickets.

This is Mosaddek Hossain's first World Cup

Abu Jayed

A surprise entry into the squad for the injured Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed is uncapped in ODIs, but he has taken a total of 15 international wickets in five Tests and three T20s.

This is Abu Jayed's first World Cup.

Topics mentioned in this article Bangladesh Bangladesh Cricket Team Soumya Sarkar Tamim Iqbal Khan Tamim Iqbal Shakib Al Hasan Shakib Al Hasan Mashrafe Bin Mortaza Mashrafe Mortaza World Cup 2019 Cricket
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