Spare a thought for this bloke.
With games against England, South Africa and the Netherlands, Bangladesh need two wins to qualify from the “Group of Death” in the World Cup.
In decent form, with a 3-1 series win against Zimbabwe followed by a 4-0 Banglawash against New Zealand, the Tigers were blown off the pitch by Sehwag’s 170, scoring a respectable 283 in reply. They then closed out a tough game against Ireland despite scoring an inadequate 180.
There players have been in the following form:
1 Tamim Iqbal,
Tanim you probably know. Plays to team instructions of “go out there and hit it”. Capable of destroying any attack. Hit 70 against India and 44 against Ireland. About to turn 22. With Sakib, probably the best player in the side, and more than capable of putting 100 runs up in the first 10 overs.
2 Imrul Kayes,
The opening batsman who isnt Tanim Iqbal. Usually is the quiet one, but hit seventeen in the fourth over against Sreenath in the India game (plus five wides). Has got over 30 in six of his last 10 matches, including 34 against India.
3 Junaid Siddique,
A grafting 23-year-old converted opener. He doesn’t score that many runs that fast, but at least he isn’t Mohammed bloody Ashraful.
4 Raqibul Hasan,
Again, a grafting 23-year-old. In decent form, with 38 against India and an important 28 against Ireland. The Rock’s job is to prevent collapses after a blistering start by Tanim.
5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt),
Team captain, the world’s leading ODI all rounder and all around superhero. “Iceman” has four fifties, one century and 23 wickets (including two batches of four) in his last ten matches with his slow left arm spin in his last ten matches. The Tigers seem to have a policy of Tanim wins a game, Sakib wins a game and then the rest of the side wins a game.
6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk),
Pint sized wicket-keeper batsman. Made his debut at Lords as a sixteen year old, and was mistaken for veteran spinner Rafique’s son by security. Averaging about 30 in his last ten games, and certainly capable of scoring runs.
7 Mohammad Ashraful,
Mohammed Bloody Ashraful. Possessing more talent in his little finger that most batsmen ever see, he has never the less managed a mediocre international career average of 23. The world’s finest exponent of the get-out shot has converted himself into a useful offspinner, able to send the ball the other way from the Tigers battery of slow left armers. Has bought one more week at his permanent table in the Last Chance Saloon with two important wickets against Ireland.
Has the nickname Eid, because like this holiday his batting arrives once a year.
Designated team old man at 26 and a half.
8 Naeem Islam,
Hard-hitting lower-order batsman with accurate right arm offspin. Useful bowler, but vulnerable to quality batting.
9 Shafiul Islam,
A surprise packet of a fast bowler. Looks like he needs to turn around in the shower to get wet, but capable of bowling just north of 140 mph. Has taken over the strike bowlers role from the injured Masrafee. Took 4-21 against Ireland to pull the game out of the bag. Was discovered via the Pacer Hunt program, which involved sending a radar gun out to the back blocks to find young quicks.
10 Abdur Razzak,
Slow left armer who doesnt turn it a lot, but varies his pace with good accuracy and has a deceptive arm ball. 19 rickets in his last ten games, including 14 in 3 games at home against Zimbabwe.
11 Rubel Hossain
A slinging-action fast bowler, capable of reverse swing at about 140 kph. Took 0-60 against India, did not play against ireland. Took 4-25 against new Zealand in the recent series.
Surawadi Shuvo. Slow left armer, took 3-14 off ten against New Zealand in Dhaka in October. Another smothering, accurate slow left armer
Mahmadullah. Classy right handed batsman who in my opinion should be batting at four or five. Also a useful offspinner