Shakib Al Hasan Leads Bangladesh’s Charge at the World Cup

Shakib Al Hasan: The Hero Behind Bangladesh's World Cup Charge

Team Roster:

Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (Vice Captain), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

Historical Performance at the Tournament

2015 Quarter-finalists

Since their World Cup debut in 1999, Bangladesh has twice advanced beyond the group stage, reaching the quarter-finals in 2015. In that tournament, they won three of their seven Pool A matches, starting with a convincing 105-run victory over Afghanistan. A washed-out match against Australia gave them a crucial point.

Despite a 92-run defeat to Sri Lanka, they bounced back by successfully chasing a 319-run target against Scotland. They secured their first-ever knockout stage entry at England’s expense, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. However, their journey ended in the quarter-finals, falling short by 109 runs against India’s 303-run target.

Recent ODI Performance

(From most recent): L L NR W L L W L W L

Upcoming Matches

vs Afghanistan – 7 October, Dharamsala

vs England – 10 October, Dharamsala

vs New Zealand – 14 October, Chennai

vs India – 19 October, Pune

vs South Africa – 24 October, Mumbai

vs Netherlands – 28 October, Kolkata

vs Pakistan – 31 October, Kolkata

vs Sri Lanka – 6 November, Delhi

vs Australia – 11 November, Pune

Crucial Match

Opening Game vs Afghanistan (7 October)

Starting their World Cup campaign on a winning note against Afghanistan is crucial for Bangladesh, given their challenging fixture list. Afghanistan, however, has proven to be a tough opponent recently, having defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in a series in July 2023. Despite this, Bangladesh managed an 89-run victory in their most recent encounter during the 2023 Asia Cup. In their 15-match history, Bangladesh has won nine times, while Afghanistan has won six.

Key Player

Shakib Al Hasan

As captain, reliable batsman, and cunning spinner, Shakib Al Hasan is set to play multiple roles for Bangladesh in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The veteran is preparing for his fifth consecutive World Cup, having debuted in 2007. He continues to be a mainstay in the team, playing a crucial role in both batting and bowling during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, where Bangladesh finished third. Shakib was the team’s highest wicket-taker with 31 wickets and was among the top five run-scorers with 619 runs. His all-round skills, experience, and leadership will be vital for Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign.

Team Overview

Once considered underdogs, Bangladesh has become one of the most successful ODI teams in recent years, second only to India in terms of wins since 2020. Despite recent setbacks, including series losses to New Zealand and Afghanistan and an early exit from the Asia Cup, Bangladesh remains a formidable opponent, especially in sub-continent conditions.

The team has faced recent uncertainty, with Tamim Iqbal stepping down as captain shortly before the World Cup and then reversing his retirement decision. However, the team boasts a strong squad, including Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton, and Shakib, who can fill Tamim’s void at the top. Their potent spin attack, led by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and supported by Shakib and Mahedi Hasan, could pose significant challenges for opponents. Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman will lead the pace attack, with Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, and Tanzim Hasan filling in for the injured Ebadot.

With a strong focus on ODI cricket, Bangladesh has built a robust squad for the tournament that can support Shakib and potentially make a run for their first-ever World Cup semi-finals.