World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan’s legendary performance, Bangladesh’s never give up attitude, and an under par bowling performance the key highlights in our performance report card for the Bangladesh team.
Finishing at eight position doesn’t justify the kind of fight and spirit the Bangladesh team have displayed at World Cup 2019. Except for their match against Pakistan, they haven’t been outplayed in any other match.
Bangladesh began their campaign with an empathetic win over South Africa where they defeated the Proteas by 21 runs in a high scoring game. But, their next two games saw them going down fighting against New Zealand and England.
A couple of wins against West Indies and Afghanistan kept them in the hunt for the semi-finals, but the loss to Australia, India, and Pakistan ended their World Cup 2019 campaign.
Overall, Bangladesh finished eight with 3 wins from 9 games with 1 game being washed-out due to rain. The major highlight in all their matches has been ‘Shakib Al Hasan’, who has had a fabulous World Cup 2019.
Shakib Al Hasan scored an enormous 606 runs from 8 innings at an average of 86.57. He also accounted for 11 wickets at an economy rate of 5.39.
This outstanding performance gives him a humongous 1804.4 MVP points; the most in this World Cup.
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE:
Undoubtedly, Bangladesh’s best performance as a team has been against West Indies where the dynamic duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das chased down a mammoth score of 322 in just 41.3 overs; making it the highest successful chase of World Cup 2019.
Chasing 322, Bangladesh were 133-3 at the end of 19 overs with another 189 needed from 31 overs. That’s where Shakib and Liton stitched an unbeaten 189 runs partnership in just 135 balls to complete a fabulous victory with 51 balls to spare.
In the same match against West Indies, Shakib Al Hasan scored an unbeaten 124*(99) with 16 fours as he helped Bangladesh chase a daunting target of 322 in just 41.3 overs. Shakib gets a total of 226.9 batting points for his sensational match-winning century.
Shakib’s batting partner, Liton Das isn’t far behind as he gets a total of 174.68 batting points for his knock of 94*(69).
It is that man, Shakib Al Hasan once again, who produced a magical match-winning spell of 5-29 against Afghanistan.
Defending a low score of 262, Shakib created havoc while bowling as he derailed Afghanistan’s top-order. At no point did he allow the partnership to build, thus bundling out Afghanistan for just 200 in 47 overs.
For his match-winning spell, Shakib Al Hasan gets a total of 308.3 bowling points.
Shakib Al Hasan leads the batting charts for Bangladesh with a rating of 9.38. He is then followed by Mushfiqur Rahim with 5.04, Liton Das with 4.18, Mahmudullah with 3.6, and Tamim Iqbal with 2.94.
Shakib Al Hasan has been a revelation this World Cup, but Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das too have played few superb knocks.
Liton Das’s 94*(69) against West Indies and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 102*(97) against Australia have been some superb knocks this World cup.
Soumya Sarkar has been the major disappointment for Bangladesh with the bat, who could only manage 166 runs from 8 innings at an average of 20.75; thus earning a rating of 2.36.
Mustafizur Rahman with two 5-fers leads the bowling charts with a rating of 7.58. He is closely followed by Mohammad Saifuddin with 6.59, Shakib Al Hasan with 5.41, and Mehedi Hasan with 4.83.
Mustafizur Rahman is the only bowler alongside Mitchell Starc to have taken two 5-fers in the tournament, even though both his 5-fers have come in a losing cause.
The captain, Mashrafe Mortaza has been their biggest disappointment this season. The spearhead could only manage 1 wicket from 8 outings at a bizarre average of 361 and an economy rate of 6.44; thus securing a rating of 1.78
Bangladesh have many positives to look out for from their World Cup campaign. The major positive has to be their never give up attitude, which has been visible in almost all their matches.
I believe, we are down to the era of Bangladesh where teams do not consider them as underdogs anymore, and that is a pleasing sight for any Bangladeshi fan.
Bangladesh’s major woes have been their bowling department. While Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin were exceptional wicket-takers, their economy rate of 6.7 and 7.18 respectively is worrisome.
The captain, Mortaza has been their biggest disappointment, while Mehidy Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, and Shakib Al Hasan were good in an innings or two.
In our Performance report card for World Cup 2019, Bangladesh get a batting rating of 5.03, a bowling rating of 5.24, a group stage rating of 3.89, and an overall rating of 4.72.
Concluding the review, Bangladesh are growing day by day, and it won’t be far before we can see Bangladesh team competing against the best of the bests in semis or even finals.
Please Note: Any rating that has been shown is calculated based on numerous parameters such as runs scored, wickets taken, match-winning performances given, consistency, points table standings, relative strike rate, and economy rate bonus, etc. We have removed any kind of perception and biases to make it a fair way of judging the performance.
Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
Cricket to him is like what ‘Football is to Lionel Messi’, ‘Singing is to Lata Mangeshkar’, ‘Dancing is to Michael Jackson’, and what ‘Acting is to Clint Eastwood’.
Besides his effervescent love for Cricket, Adesh is an MBA by qualification.