Bangladesh are going in to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the proverbial underdogs. The country, compared to the likes of Australia, England and India have very little experience in the World Cup stage, playing their first tournament in 1999.
But progress has been steady ever since barring a couple of minor setbacks and this year perhaps more than any prior will see Bangladesh fielding their most well balanced team in a World Cup tournament.
Bangladesh is perhaps best known for causing upsets in the World Cup. In their inaugural tournament in 1999, the newcomers and whipping boys of cricket stunned tournament favourites Pakistan.
In 2007 it was David versus Goliath round two, only with a lot more at stake. Bangladesh would face tournament favourite India with a chance of knocking them out in the final group game, for what would be the upset of the tournament the Tigers won the match by five wickets after bowling out an Indian side consisting of Ganguly, Sehwag, Tendulkar and Dravid for a score of 191 runs, the cricketing world was shook.
The World Cup of 2015 saw Bangladesh make their best performance yet, going as far as the quarter final stage before being knocked out by India. The country has also come in runner-up positions in the last three Asia Cups, losing nail biting finals to Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. The Tigers have also made the semi finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 only to lose out to India once again.
This is undoubtedly the best time in the history of Bangladeshi cricket, the side have made a lot of progress especially in the last six-seven years achieving a ranking of sixth place in the ICC ODI rankings.
Tamim Iqbal has risen to prominence as the best batsman in the country’s history, Shakib Al Hasan is perhaps the most talented player ever to wear the Bangladeshi jersey, Mustafizur Rahman is capable of bamboozling any batsman on his day, and Captain Mashrafe is a figure of great inspiration and dedication. The side also boasts a wealth of experience with all of the aforementioned players with the exception of Mustafizur Rahman making close to 200 ODI appearances.
For the first time in Bangladeshi cricket the nations hunger will no longer be satiated by a one off victory against one of the bigger nations that don’t mean much in the overall scheme of things, the team is now expected to at least replicate their showings from the previous World Cup.
2019 World Cup Betting Odds:
Bangladesh to win: 100/1