The Bangladesh ODI Team has its work cut out for the series against India, that starts tomorrow. The race to qualify for the Champions Trophy 2017, in which the top 8 ODI teams would participate, is on. Having whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the last ODI series at home, Bangladesh’s hopes of securing a top-8 slot are at an all time high now. This makes this 3-match engagement with India all the more important for the home team.
Debutants on the line
Litton Das, after a strong show in the one-off Test at Fatullah, and Mustafizur Rahman are in with strong chances of making their respective ODI debuts in this series. Das, especially was in top form in the Fatullah Test. His aggression against Ashwin, India’s best bowler in that match, was noteworthy.
Mustafizur, on the other hand, has bright memories of bagging the wickets of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez in the T20 against Pakistan in April earlier this year.
World Cup stars in the squad
The lanky pacer Taskin Ahmed was a revelation during the Cricket World Cup 2015. His pace and aggression against the top cricketing nations forced the world to take note of his potential quite early. Taskin’s ability to hit the deck hard might trouble the Indians every now and then.
Rubel Hossain, Bangladesh’s premier pacer at present, must be raring to get into action after being kept out of the playing XI in Fatullah. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza’s experience needs no special mention. Add to this Shakib Al Hasan, whose recent form makes him an undeniable asset for the Bangladesh ODI team with the bat and the ball.
Batsmen in high spirits after Pakistan whitewash
It was because of the batting unit that Bangladesh had managed to stun Pakistan 3-0 in a recently held ODI series. Tamim Iqbal has been indispensable to the team’s cause at the top of the order. Chances of Litton Das opening alongside Tamim look bright.
Mushfiqur Rahim is said to have recovered from his finger injury and is expected to be back behind the stumps. With Bangladesh’s chances of qualifying for the Champions Trophy 2017 in line, one can expect Rahim to play an important role in the middle order.
Nassir Hossain’s ability to hit the big shots during the death overs might haunt the Indian bowlers, who have a reputation for being uneconomical in the latter stages of the innings. Mahmudullah would sorely be missed for sure, but the chosen unit looks good enough to take the fight right into the Indian camp.
Bangladesh ODI Team
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Arafar Sunny, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Nasir, Rony Talukdar, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Mustafizur Rahman