The Bangladesh Cricket Team has now successfully defeated three top-ranked opponents in the last 6 months – Pakistan, India and South Africa. The Tigers have beaten India and South Africa in 3-match ODI series by margins of 2-1. They were below par in the Tests against Pakistan and India, but made amends for that against South Africa last week. After gaining a handy 71-run lead in the 1st innings of the 1st Test against the Proteas, the Bangla Tigers were in with more than just a chance of upsetting the top ranked Test team. The rain gods, however, decided to play spoilsport and the Test match saw no action on the last two days because of bad weather.
Young blood in Bangladesh Cricket Team – Heralding new changes
Mustafizur Rahman has been nothing short of a revelation for Bangladesh. After a bombastic debut ODI series against India in June, in which he pocketed 13 wickets, Rahman made a seamless transition to Test cricket this month. He rocked South Africa with 4 wickets in the 1st Test at Chittagong and looked good for more in the 2nd innings. The maturity exhibited by Rahman during the Test match, in which he made clever use of his variations, has been applauded by many. Besides, his incisive wicket-taking abilities have made the Bangladeshi bowling arsenal all the more potent.
Jubair Hossain and Mohammad Shahid have been two other valuable additions to the Bangladesh Cricket Team. These new faces have shared the burden of ‘effective wicket taking bowling’ with veterans like Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Moratza. Over-reliance on these experienced campaigners had cost Bangladesh dearly in the recent past.
Right temperament in batting department
The change in Tamim Iqbal’s traditional slap-bang approach to batting has created a ripple effect on the rest of the batting order. Tamim has been instrumental in all three ODI series victories that Bangladesh has managed to bag since the end of the World Cup. Add to this the calming influence of Shakib Al Hasan down the order, and you have a very effective batting unit in place. Besides, Litton Das has shown immense potential to bat well down the order, carrying the tail along with him.
After a painfully long stretch of disappointments in international cricket, the Bangladesh cricket team has finally found a winning formula. The change in fortune has begun at home. But with the kind of potential shown by some of the youngsters, Bangladesh can seriously consider prospects of getting into the top bracket of international cricket very soon.