Top 5 Bangladeshi T20 Players – Can They Win The T20 World Cup 2021?

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh has now been playing international cricket for more than 20 years. Some even consider Bangladesh as a cricketing superpower, especially when they are playing at home conditions. The Bengal tigers, as they are called in the international arena, have even reached the Quarter Finals stage of the 50-over cricket world cup. But when it comes to international t20 cricket, the stats are completely against Bangladesh. 

So, will Bangladesh be a complete pushover in the upcoming ICC World T20 in the Middle East? Absolutely not. In this article, we’ll inform you about the 5 best t20 players in Bangladeshi ranks, and will also let you know why the tigers have a slim but certain chance of nicking the trophy from under the noses of the heavyweights. Let’s dive right in!

19 Oct 2021,
Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Turf 1),
2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
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Bangladesh’s Recent T20 Record

If you look at Bangladesh’s overall record in t20 internationals, it’s quite dismal. They have only won 41 matches out of 112. It gets even worse when you consider that most of these matches were played at home. They even failed to make a mark in the ICC World T20 2014, which was held in Bangladesh. But, all hope is not lost for Bangladeshi fans.

In the last 3 months, Bangladesh has defeated two of world cricket’s most-feared teams, Australia and New Zealand. Both the 5-match series were played on home turf, and both the oppositions didn’t field their first XI. But that takes away from the rollicking performances from the Tigers, especially in the bowling department. The comprehensive victories against such big names right before the big tournament has surely boosted the team spirit and has also engraved a winning mentality within the team.

Top 5 T20 Players in the Bangladesh Team

While stats show that most of the players in the Bangladesh squad are more suited to the ODI format, there are some players who’ve shown their prominence in t20 cricket too. One of the best Batsmen in Bangladesh’s history, Tamim Iqbal, will not be taking any part in the upcoming ICC World T20. But there’s nothing to worry about for the fans, as the squad has coped quite fine without him in recent matches. So, which are the Tigers that oppositions should fear the most? Here’s a list of the top 5 t20 players in the Bangladesh squad:

  1. Shakib Al Hasan

No surprises here. Shakib Al Hasan is the most obvious entry in this list. He’s been the icon of Bangladesh cricket for a long time now, having been on top of the ICC best all-rounders’ list many times. Despite having a shaky couple of years, Shakib is now back in full throttle. He has performed brilliantly in the recent series, and also in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He has played t20 cricket all around the world, including the Big Bash, the PSL (Pakistan Super League), and the CPL (Caribbean Premier League). With that level of experience, he’s got to be the most important player of the Tigers squad.

Shakib Al Hasan T20 World Cup 2021 Top Tournament Bowler @15.00

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Shakib Al Hasan T20 World Cup 2021 Top Bangladesh Batsman @3.80

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  1. Mahmudullah Riyad

Mahmudullah “the silent killer” Riyad will lead the Bangladesh team in the upcoming T20 World Cup. He’s considered as one of the most cool-headed players in world cricket. His record as the team’s t20 captain has also been phenomenal, with a win percentage of 50% (12 wins from 24 matches). He’ll again have the finishing role in the team. Opposition teams will have to be careful about this lad in the death overs, as he can pierce the slightest of gaps anywhere in the field.

  1. Mustafizur Rahman (The Fizz)

Being another player who’s played in the recent IPL season, Mustafizur “the fizz” Rahman is also an immensely talented and experienced t20 player. This mystery bowler will spearhead the Bangladesh bowling attack in the upcoming tournament, and will possibly baffle the best of opposition batsmen with his incredible off-cutters. He was brilliant in the recent series, and also was the best bowler for Rajasthan Royals in both the Indian and Middle Eastern legs of this year’s IPL. He’s also the highest t20 wicket taker in 2021, with 49 wickets. Expect big things from the Fizz!

Mustafizur Rahman (The Fizz) T20 World Cup 2021 Top Tournament Bowler @11.00

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  1. Liton Kumar Das

Technically gifted — that’s what comes to mind when you think about Liton Das, the exceptional opening batsman for Bangladesh. One of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball, Liton holds the key for Bangladesh in getting the team off to a good start. With support from his talented opening partner, Mohammad Naim, Liton can flourish and take the tournament by storm. He can pierce the gaps and also play over the top in the powerplay over, making it tricky for the opposition bowlers.  Watch out for this gem!

Liton Kumar Das T20 World Cup 2021 Top Bangladesh Batsman Bowler @4.33

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  1. Mohammad Saifuddin

Maybe a surprise entry in this list for many, but Mohammad Saifuddin has proven his haters wrong over and over again in international cricket. With meager pace, but awesome control, the pacer has the abilities needed to perform well at the biggest stage. He has a mind-boggling slower’un, and also a devastating yorker in his bowling arsenal. To add to that, he’s no pushover in the batting department either. Despite being a bowling all-rounder, Sauf can toink a few over the boundary at the latter stage of the batting innings. This one can be the surprise package of the tournament!

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Why Bangladesh Stands a Chance of Winning the ICC World T20 2021

Many cricket fans will laugh away the thoughts of Bangladesh winning the T20 World Cup this year. But, according to many cricket experts, including Harsha Bhogle, Bangladesh stands an outside chance of winning the competition. Here’s why:

  • Bangladesh has had tremendous preparation for the tournament.
  • Bangladesh has some of the best young talent in the cricketing world right now.
  • The weather and the conditions in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are quite similar to that of Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh has the necessary firepower in the bowling department to dismantle oppositions. Mustafizur and Shakib have even played at the venues in the IPL, and know the pitches from inside out.
  • The spin attack of Bangladesh is feared by all.
  • The Tigers are on a roll after completing consecutive series wins against top sides.

With all this in mind, Bangladesh will start the ICC World T20 on a high. One thing is for sure — they’ll have all the backing from their extraordinary supporters from home. They’ll have to play the qualifiers as well, starting from Sunday, October 17. Expect them to breeze past that stage. And when they’re into the tournament proper, expect some loud roars from the Bengal Tigers!

Bangladesh to win World Cup @34.00

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