A washed out day for the Bangladeshi’s meant that Mashrafe Mortaza and his men were robbed off a crucial opportunity to test their combination as the think tanks find themselves in an enviable position to choose from 15 players who are all capable to walk into the side given their own respective forms. The Pakistani’s who lost almost eleven matches on a trot would have been wary of their opponents as they’ve lost all four of their encounters after the 2015 world cup to Bangladesh and a loss yesterday would’ve caused some serious dents into their confidence going forward in to the World cup.
What appears to be batting strips assisting equally to spinners as well as the fast menthe match yesterday would’ve been ideal situation for Mashrafe Mortaza to gauge as to who is best prepared amongst the fast bowlers to take the responsibility of attacking with the new and old ball respectively. Rubel Hossain, arguably the fastest if not the fittest amongst the present lot would probably have been handed over the new ball given that he has not been able to cement his place despite being the quickest of the lot and the most experienced as well. Mustafizur Rahman is a concern despite his 4 wickets in one of the matches in Ireland and Abu Jayed Rahi is sure to come across testing conditions despite his 5 wicket in a match recently as his bowling may just be a little innocuous considering the quality of batsmen that he is likely to face during the course of the tournament. Mohammad Saifuddin who has done a commendable job with the new ball is likely to come in to the side as bowler who can be relied upon to deliver the goods with the bat lower down the order not to forget his efficacy as a reverse swing and a block hole bowler as well.The quintessential Shakib Al Hasan would be looking forward to his match in particular against South Africa on the 2nd of June to find himself as one the fastest to reach the 5000 runs added with the 250 wickets by a player and in a tournament where he starts off as the number one all rounder in the world in one day cricket. Just a wicket away from being amongst the greatest of greats and a feat he has achieved not just by playing in his own home conditions alone but excelling all over the world and no wonder it prompted a tough task master like Ricky Ponting to acknowledge the Bangladeshi all rounder as a danger man during the world cup not surprisingly as it has not escaped his notice as well as to the exploits of Shakib Al Hasan throughout all the countries of the world.
The Indians may have been outplayed in their match against the Kiwis but are going to come out to play against Bangladesh all guns blazing as they’ve been embarrassed by their neighboring country on many an occasion and given the experience that Bangladesh boasts as a team is not something that India will not take note of. Tamim Iqbal who has taken a liking for the Indians over the years will face a very formidable opponent in the shape and form of Jasprit Bumrah and a tussle that ought to be a connoisseur’s delight.
A good start by the openers followed by a batting side that not only has experience but has class and has been consistent of late and if the lower order is capable of exploiting the power play situation to its maximum should a situation arise then Bangladesh as a side would perhaps evolve as Mashrafe and his men are likely to be up against possibly the most varied and potent attack in the world cup.
The writer is a former opening batsman of Bangladesh National Cricket Team and a cricket commentator.