Sunday, January 24, 2016

Impact of Bangladesh Middle Order in the WT20 2016, India

Bangladesh is a team that relies heavily on its middle order to bail itself out of tight situations. As Tamim Iqbal fights with his form issues and Soumya Sarkar yet to hit his straps on a consistent basis, Bangladesh look to its experienced and versatile middle order of Shakib, Sabbir, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur to score heavily in all conditions and lift the team.

Shakib Al Hasan

He is without an iota of doubt the best cricketer that Bangladesh have ever produced. He can bat, bowl and is an excellent fielder as well. The fact that he has the big match temperament and can back it up with his skills is something that the Bangladesh team can rely on.

He can pace his innings very well and he can adjust to any type of surface. He has nearly all the shots in the book and knows exactly when to hit out or when to bide his time. His cover drives are a joy to watch and he is a very dangerous finisher for the men in Green.

His bowling skills are right up there with his batting and he has the variations to fox any batsman with his slow left arm spin. He will be very crucial in the middle overs on the Indian tracks as they are bound to offer assistance to spin bowlers.

The impact that Shakib has had over the years for Bangladesh cannot be described in a few words. He is their main strike weapon, their X-Factor, their ace up the sleeve!

Impact Rating – 8.5/10

Sabbir Rahman

It is still early days in this fledgling career but Sabbir has already made waves with his big hitting and temperamental skills. He has the ability to clear the ropes without much fuss and generally plays straight which is his biggest strength.

He is also in red hot form right now having scored 2 40’s and a 50 in consecutive T20 games against Zimbabwe. He is also a very handy spin bowler and has the knack of picking up wickets when required. The slow Indian tracks will surely support him and he can expect to be called upon more regularly by his captain in the WT20.

Though he has yet to cement his place in this team, he has all the makings of a very good player. I feel that he must bat at number 4 for Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup in between Shakib and Mahmudullah/ Mushfiqur and he must be given the license to go big right from ball one.

Impact Rating – 7/10

Bangladesh definitely have the right ingredients in their middle order to make a meaningful impact and I will be keeping a very keen eye on this young and upcoming, ever improving Bangladeshi side. I feel that they will surely ruffle some feathers in the WT20 and send some big teams home early.

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