Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Chittagong December 12, 2010

Shakib praises Bangladesh recovery

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Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, has praised the way his team bounced back after losing the opening ODI of their five-match series against Zimbabwe. The home side won the final ODI in Chittagong by six wickets, led by Tamim Iqbal's aggressive 95, which included seven sixes, to take the series 3-1, with one game washed out.

"We came back really hard at them, played really good cricket," Shakib said.

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is among the venues for the World Cup, and Shakib was happy with the way the pitch played. "The track played really well though the outfield was slow. There was some spin later on but the batsmen handled it really well."

Along with Tamim, who recently returned from injury, Junaid Siddique was also among the runs, scoring a half-century. The improvement in the performance of the top order, Shakib said, was a satisfying development. "Our top order hasn't been scoring runs, today they did and I'm happy about that. Our fast bowlers have bowled well in the last couple of games and the fielding has been good. Though we have dropped some catches, our body language has been good."

Bangladesh have now won two consecutive ODI series - the first being the 4-0 whitewash of New Zealand - and are faring well in their preparation of the World Cup. This year began on a poor note for them, with 14 straight losses, before a maiden ODI over England triggered a change in fortune. They take on Canada and Pakistan, in Chittagong and Mirpur respectively - days prior to their first World Cup game, against India on February 19.

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  • POSTED BY tareks_bangladesh on | December 17, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    To prove that India is Number One they have win test series away from home...specially in Australia (WACA).....England (Oval).....South Africa (Centurian)....West Indies (Jamaica)......Sri Lanka (Colombo)....when u will win all these series...then come and we will acknowledge...India is number one....(Just like when Bangladesh thrashed Kiwis....some people suggested we have to beat these teams).....BIG LOLLLLLLLLL

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | December 14, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Hey guys..stop all the fight about who is going to win WC. One thing for sure is Bangladesh will beat India in the first game. Remember 2007?

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Ok, the next scheduled ODI match is against Canada on 12th February. We have plenty of time for practice matches. I have a suggestion for BCB management. Please, make Bangladesh 'A' and 'B' teams. Make them play a 5 match series. Please, include Shahriar Nafeez, Asif Ahmed, Aftab Ahmed, Fazle Mahmud, Ashraful, Shahdat Hussain, Rubel and Muhammadullah in the 'B' team. See if anybody consistently scores well, and then decide on best 11 for the WC. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | December 13, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    to be realistic and not to speak from the heart but the mind....whether anybody like it or not we all have to accept the fact India are best team on paper and judging the current way they play are rank1 favourites to win the WC...Sure enough there are other potentive teams like SL, SA & Eng. Any of these teams games against Ind start as India favourite...India lacks solid bowling but they've batting to chase a million. They're not unbeatable but certainly marching solid. Where as Bangladesh improved by umpteenth percent to say the least and pulled together consistant performance. But are they good enough to apply the pressure when it really matters. They are yet to prove..Bangladesh much improved team..thats it..not a big factor...not as yet atleast...If you ask me..India, hot favourites. SL lies 2nd. SA and Eng then afterwards...Aus..they got their own problems. NZ, WI, Ban have equal opportunities..Pakistan, good players, can't judge though..it's a reality check..open to critisicm...

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | December 13, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA .................................................................. No doubt !!! IND is a very good team now and on papers their are favourite too for the WC ................................................................................. To beat teams like that in WC -- all you need enthusiasum . team spirit & determination !!!!!!!!!often -- these thing makes a difference ------------- you guys have talents -- no doubt !!!! Good Luck

  • POSTED BY mashrafiislam on | December 13, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    All of my friends stop the war.Cricket is not a war,playing with passion is cricket.I know that india is a favourate team in the WC.But i do hope that Bangladesh will win against india and few other teams.So,good luck to BD.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    seriously guys, stop this unnecessary fight please. This fight will bring nothing but trash talking. We are doing well recently by beating the kiwis and zimbos. But it doesnt mean that we have to fly high. We should keep our feet on the ground and look forward for a better WC. we have to work more hard to show the world tigers can do it. WC is the best ground for that. And for the indian supporter, please dont underestimate us. we are improving gradually day by day. India is surely the best team now but on a given day even Afgans can beat you. It will take a good team spirit to beat any strength. so please support us by giving good speech not hatred. If there are thousands of Indian supporters in Bangladesh why cant you support us then.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    @ Icyman, do you remember 2007 world cup? Keep dreaming.... When you wake up, you will see who won. Not far away ....

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 13, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I am back again and let me clarify that my views are my views alone and not influenced by Cricinfo or any such organization. Agreed that my comments were a bit too harsh on you-Bangla fans, but I still feel that you are reading too much into current results. Getting past the Group stage is going to be tough for you lot depsite the fact that all your matches are being played at home.

  • POSTED BY mesumon on | December 13, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes, WC 2007 is an "upset" match that Bangladesh beat India, I agree with that match is an "upset" match by Bangladesh. But, situation has changed. Bangladesh can beat any team of the world in any time. So, in WC 2011 when Bangladesh will beat and this time it will be not upset. Yes, this is true that Indian Cricket team is a better tem than past, they played well. But, In Bangladesh I am confused about it, and I also believe that if India beat Bangladesh WC 2011 in Dhaka it will be an "upset". I wish it will be a great match for India and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY tareks_bangladesh on | December 17, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    To prove that India is Number One they have win test series away from home...specially in Australia (WACA).....England (Oval).....South Africa (Centurian)....West Indies (Jamaica)......Sri Lanka (Colombo)....when u will win all these series...then come and we will acknowledge...India is number one....(Just like when Bangladesh thrashed Kiwis....some people suggested we have to beat these teams).....BIG LOLLLLLLLLL

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | December 14, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Hey guys..stop all the fight about who is going to win WC. One thing for sure is Bangladesh will beat India in the first game. Remember 2007?

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Ok, the next scheduled ODI match is against Canada on 12th February. We have plenty of time for practice matches. I have a suggestion for BCB management. Please, make Bangladesh 'A' and 'B' teams. Make them play a 5 match series. Please, include Shahriar Nafeez, Asif Ahmed, Aftab Ahmed, Fazle Mahmud, Ashraful, Shahdat Hussain, Rubel and Muhammadullah in the 'B' team. See if anybody consistently scores well, and then decide on best 11 for the WC. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | December 13, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    to be realistic and not to speak from the heart but the mind....whether anybody like it or not we all have to accept the fact India are best team on paper and judging the current way they play are rank1 favourites to win the WC...Sure enough there are other potentive teams like SL, SA & Eng. Any of these teams games against Ind start as India favourite...India lacks solid bowling but they've batting to chase a million. They're not unbeatable but certainly marching solid. Where as Bangladesh improved by umpteenth percent to say the least and pulled together consistant performance. But are they good enough to apply the pressure when it really matters. They are yet to prove..Bangladesh much improved team..thats it..not a big factor...not as yet atleast...If you ask me..India, hot favourites. SL lies 2nd. SA and Eng then afterwards...Aus..they got their own problems. NZ, WI, Ban have equal opportunities..Pakistan, good players, can't judge though..it's a reality check..open to critisicm...

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | December 13, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA .................................................................. No doubt !!! IND is a very good team now and on papers their are favourite too for the WC ................................................................................. To beat teams like that in WC -- all you need enthusiasum . team spirit & determination !!!!!!!!!often -- these thing makes a difference ------------- you guys have talents -- no doubt !!!! Good Luck

  • POSTED BY mashrafiislam on | December 13, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    All of my friends stop the war.Cricket is not a war,playing with passion is cricket.I know that india is a favourate team in the WC.But i do hope that Bangladesh will win against india and few other teams.So,good luck to BD.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    seriously guys, stop this unnecessary fight please. This fight will bring nothing but trash talking. We are doing well recently by beating the kiwis and zimbos. But it doesnt mean that we have to fly high. We should keep our feet on the ground and look forward for a better WC. we have to work more hard to show the world tigers can do it. WC is the best ground for that. And for the indian supporter, please dont underestimate us. we are improving gradually day by day. India is surely the best team now but on a given day even Afgans can beat you. It will take a good team spirit to beat any strength. so please support us by giving good speech not hatred. If there are thousands of Indian supporters in Bangladesh why cant you support us then.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    @ Icyman, do you remember 2007 world cup? Keep dreaming.... When you wake up, you will see who won. Not far away ....

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 13, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I am back again and let me clarify that my views are my views alone and not influenced by Cricinfo or any such organization. Agreed that my comments were a bit too harsh on you-Bangla fans, but I still feel that you are reading too much into current results. Getting past the Group stage is going to be tough for you lot depsite the fact that all your matches are being played at home.

  • POSTED BY mesumon on | December 13, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes, WC 2007 is an "upset" match that Bangladesh beat India, I agree with that match is an "upset" match by Bangladesh. But, situation has changed. Bangladesh can beat any team of the world in any time. So, in WC 2011 when Bangladesh will beat and this time it will be not upset. Yes, this is true that Indian Cricket team is a better tem than past, they played well. But, In Bangladesh I am confused about it, and I also believe that if India beat Bangladesh WC 2011 in Dhaka it will be an "upset". I wish it will be a great match for India and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | December 13, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    It's a result of people like Icyman you have people like Bang_La and Lakmal_Physics constantly rubbishing Indian fans and cricketers. Bangladesh have improved a lot since 2000 (though I still feel their test status was at least 5 years premature). They have 2 wold class players in all-rounder Shakib and opener Tamim. Also they have good players in Mortaza, Shahadat Hussein and Mahmudullah. That's why they can beat even the best teams in ODI's on their day. But their bowling is still not penetrative enough to take 20 wickets against a good test team in a test match. I don't think they can beat Victoria, New South Wales and Mumbai in first class matches.

  • POSTED BY tupee on | December 13, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Even a layman would drop Hamiltom Masakadza from the Zimbabwe team , Play Tatenda Taibu at number 4, tell Elton Chigumbura that even a captain can be dropped if he doesnt perform. Campell and you coaches do something please. The batting we saw against South Africa recently and the bowling in Bangladesh will definitely do us proud if done simulteneously. Heath Streak thanks for working on Mpofu juss tell him to avoid trying too much

  • POSTED BY amhagers on | December 13, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I don't know why you are spending time to reply this crack: so-called 'Icyman'. Let's talk something important. ( if he was in ice-age deep sleep in 2007 WC, he can watch the video in youtube)

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    @icymam?????whats wrong with u?

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    @Icyman dont try to be over smart.we can play good cricket.just wait and watch.dont think about us.right now think about ur country's tour at South africa.where ur team will lose all game against south africa.india can't play good cricket in bouncy pitch.no 1 team??? hahaha.....

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | December 13, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Very exciting seies & good series win for Bangladesh !!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Bangladesh would have won 4-0, but Shakib wanted and did taught a lesson to the board that the team should be selected as per caliber not as per relations, and back ups. I request that do select Shahriar Nafees in the current team to dream a success in the World Cup 2011 Finals. SHABASH BANGLADESH TEAM WE ARE WITH YOU

  • POSTED BY ghumant on | December 13, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    ok icyman has replied. but i stick to my words too.

  • POSTED BY ghumant on | December 13, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    its making me laugh. i am quite sure that cricinfo has some paid persons who starts commenting after any article is published. i am pretty sure icyman is one of them. the common tactic for them is to comment controversially and ignite rage. and that my friends, keeps the comment book running. just follow other article comments and you will see the pattern. you will never find any reply from that person later in the comment book. but anyway, its fun to read and comment and to see some devoted fans. it makes them feel part of the team. about the bd team and WC, personally i think the chittagong field is not at all up to the mark. outfield is very slow, pitch doesnt have any turn. both bad news for us. our batsmen are natural stroke player and they score with beautiful ground strokes generally. few players down the order can score sixes freely. outfield may play criminal to stop boundaries. in either case spin is our weapon and the wicket should be for spin. dhaka field is much better.

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 13, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @ All my friends....nice to see your responses, but I stick to my words. As an Indian, I would want India to beat your team,lets wait and watch. Now, I can hardly wait for Feb 19th 2011.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Agreed that Bangladesh is going through a good patch, but please keep your feet on the ground. Please see your records against the top teams till now. Do you guys seriously think you are going to beat teams like Australia and South Africa regularly. India blanked New Zealand with its second string team. I am not saying that India are going to beat Bangladesh comprehensively, but everyone would agree that they are the favorites. I am a true cricket fan and want every country playing well so that the sport thrives. I would like to see Bangladesh winning matches when Shakib and Tamim goes through a bad patch. To me if it happens will show Bangladesh cricket is on the right path bcoz apart from those two are remarkable cricketers, would be interesting to see what is going to happen. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I requesting to please avoid getting inflated national pride when commenting. After all if you love the sport like I do please support the game as a whole.

  • POSTED BY bonny_crazy on | December 13, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    On behalf of all the INDIANS I want to say that whatever comment made by icyman is his personal view. Cricket is not a warfront, there should not be a feeling of revenge or anger.Playing with passion is not related to abusing,revenge.Play with will and see who is winning.Yes indians are favorite but that doesnt guarantees them winning.There always have been favorites in sports.But its a game lets wait and watch.All the best to both the teams.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Great to see Bangladesh perform like this ,Bangladesh has come a long way though they have a few things to prove, and if they perform consistently like they are doing now they will be serious contenders in world cricket in 5 years time.....Good for cricket

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | December 13, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Good to see Bangladesh moving forward in the ODI arena. I'd really like to see them push forward at Test level, however with players of the calibre of Tamim, Shakib, Mortaza, Mushfiqur, Mamudullah, etc. they've got time to develop into a well rounded and competitive side. And above all, they play in the right spirit! Well done on the series win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    I have said this before, and I am going to say this again, "Young Asif Ahmed (Barisal) needs to be in best Bangladesh 11." In the Zimbabwe tour match with BCB XI, Asif scored 46 runs, and bowled 7 overs, claiming 2 wickets and giving only 22 runs. He bowls right arm off-break. I think he should replace Shuvo from best 11. We need batting all-rounders, and Asif Ahmed is a good one. BCB selectors: please give him a chance during world cup practice matches. I am also going to advocate for 2 more players: Shahriar Nafees and Fazle mahmud. We need to give them a chance in pre-world cup matches to prove themselves.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Bangladesh remains me srilanka of 1996

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 13, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    @Icyman - LOL, nice to see you don't carry grudges for long! Go the Bangas! @Shahadat Sajib - agreed re: Nafees - NOT re: Ashraful. @Rezaul - true, but I think Razzak & Shakib will do well against India - not sure about the others although both Naeeim & Mahmudullah have good cases to play. @Sai Prasad - your comments started so nicely, but then descended into dribble - Oz won the 2007 W/C after some big name retirements. They will still be a force @ the 2011 W/C - & to dimiss them in the ODI format will be to your peril. The defeat by Zim in Africa was not C Grade, but could be categorized as understrengthed. An understrength Oz side beat India in India 2 ODI series ago in India. Alot of the selection policies towards ODIs by India is more about extending the playing time of their Test champions then about blooding new players.@Cold Drink - I think you are right re: spin bowlers (only in ODI format)- Harbajan is not a good ODI spinner.Ojha doesn't impress- but Zak may be player of WC11

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | December 12, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Surely they have beaten NZ and Zim convincingly but its different when they play the big boys. BD needs a middle order which they don't have. Opners and spinners Skib and Razzaq do their job but they have a weak fast bowling department and their is no middle order at all. I am so disappointed at Raqib, as many people looked up to him as a great talent in coming. Nafees and Kapali should be tried before Wc. Kapali had a good 20 ICl and knows a bit about those wickets too. The worst thing about BD cricket is that the guys whom many experts see as a talent, tend to go down the hill instead of improving.

  • POSTED BY Cold_Drink on | December 12, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    @Icyman, I have no doubt that you are from India. We know that India is playing great cricket recently and they are number 1 in test. But dont forget that India got thrashed in this Zimś hand few months back. So you never no whats waiting for them when they go to Mirpur in 19th Feb for world cup game. It is dangerous to talk so arrogantly. Bangladesh is no more a team to take granted as easy pass. They will fight nail biting and try every inch to push India hard. From my comparison India is ahead by their experienced batting otherwise Bangladesh has better bowling side than India. Shakib,Razzaq, Nayeem is better than Bhajji, Ojha/Mishra/Ashwin, Jadeja. In case of pace bowling looks like Mash is back on his rhythm, so Mash with speedy Rubel and accurate Shafiul will be a real threat in comparison with Nehra, Zaheer. India has negative side of last 10 overs to be bowled by an all rounder like jadeja/pathan. opposing teams will cash on those overs. Anyway, good luck to both BD and India.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    While beating Zim at home may not be a big deal, their drubbing of NZ surely is. Good to see that they are looking to compete hard. Hell I would like to see Bangladesh win a few matches(not against India obv) and get to the super eight stage, but they have their task cut out for them as Eng and SA are two other tough opponents in the group.

    @Omar Nizam Isn't it funny that 2007WC was the last time Bangladesh has beaten India in any format! As for the loss to Zim it was an India C side. That is how you improve your bench strength. Play them in low priority tournaments to give them experience so that they will be ready for the big occasions. The strategy has worked. An Indian team without 8 key players has clean swept NZ. You cannot win if you are not willing to lose sometimes. We sure don't wanna end up like the current Aussie team which was too short-sighted to see what they are gonna do when the bigshots retire and they are paying the price with Ponting's neck at stake jst b4 WCup!

  • POSTED BY Chunati on | December 12, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    @me_rony: Really, forget cricket?

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | December 12, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    @Icyman: It was India who got thrashed TWICE IN A ROW BY ZIMBABWE just a few months ago in a tri nation tournament in Harare and Srilanka went on to win that trophy and this was our SIXTH consecutive series victory over Zimbabwe. We surely will bring it on February 19th 2011 and there should be a good fight.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | December 12, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    BD just beat Zim not Eng. No doubt they are good but expecting a repeat of 2007 upset would be a little too much on them..let see they should surely compete in the world cup given the for they seem to in.

  • POSTED BY me_rony on | December 12, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    " Watch how India thrashes them at the Cup. They will be thrashed so badly, that they will forget how to play cricket"

    Icyman@ I think we heard that before 2007 world cup too

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    i bet icyman is an indian .. btw dude .. 7 wins in 8 matchs ? even luck would wear out .. nyways .. best of luck to ur india .. cant say we will win forsure .. but dude .. they r in for a freaking big fight ..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    @Icyman: Good luck to India. You guys have improved a lot since, didn't you.

  • POSTED BY The_Bangers on | December 12, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    @ Icyman Shakib Al Hasan is highest wicket taking bowler in 2010 one day internationals so far. He picked up 46 wickets. Shafiul Islam and Abdur Razzak are 3rd and fifth at a row. Both they picked up 32 and 29 wickets gradually. Imrul (867 runs), shakib(787 runs) and Tamim (776 runs) are gradually 5th, 9th and 11th position so far as highest run scorer concerned in 2010 one day international. Razzak and Shakib are both ranked at second position in ICC player ranking (bowler category).Throughout the year Shakib was and still he is no.1 all-rounder (ODI) with 446 rating point currently. All this stats and trivia indicate that the Bangers are surely improving in one day cricket. India is a big team. On their day they can beator so called thrash not only Bangladesh but to any of the previous world champs as well. With these individual records of few Bangladeshi players, no one can guarantee that they will beat India in WC where we can surely expect to watch a great battle between two

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @Icyman.. Dude.. get a life.. I am an Indian Fan too.. but seriously!! Bang are a fairly good team.. they aren't too bad.. I hope they give a fight to India.. not that i wan't them to win.. I am expecting a good fight from them or at least From Tamim and Sakhib.. They are exceptional..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    @ Icyman: We expect Bangladesh to beat India in the opening match of the World Cup. Its our backyard India will be playing in. You can expect a repeat of 2007. We did it before, and we'll damn sure do it again.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    @Icyman we'll see about that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    @Icyman... What happened in 2007 is now HISTORY and what will happen is a mystery. I Suggest you wait and see , while we enjoy our momentum. Over confident always worked against India. India won their first ever world cup as an underdog team. So mate, you never know who get thrashed badly. History do repeat !!! Go Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | December 12, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    For BCB, they must keep in mind that Indian batsmen are the best in the world to play spin. So playing against India with the same spin tactic may come back to them to bite. So,y suggestion is play 3 pace bowlers against India and make a pace bowler pitch only for them. Since Bangladesh is the host, so they have the luxury of making pitch as per their requirement. Look at Indiaś failures to date, all in pace and bouncy pitches. In fact the last world cup when India was lost to Bangladesh was due to pace bowler Mashrafeeś pace and bounce. So, it would be excellent to have Rubel, Shafiul and Mashrafee along side Shakib, Razzaq, Nayeem/Mahmudullah. Rubelś extra pace (145-150 Kmph) will make them vulnerable and Mashrafeeś swing+ bounce get wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    good luck for world cup.this will increase their confidence before wc

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Really well play now Bangladesh. In world cup First match VS india. Its not a easy match. For BCB kind information India playing well against SPIN. if that kind of pitch make first match against India Bangladesh have no chance to win.

    I say why drop Shariar nafis , Mohammoad Asraful Why not play rubel hossain ? BCB we know the ability of Mohammad Asraful. shahriar nafis, aftab and rubel ,

    Nayem islam , shaful , rakibul - both are not a singel math winner. Mahmudulla is second best all rounder of bangladesh. Please select good squad for world cup 2011

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Well, finally Bangladesh has made actual progress showing the world that they are not to be taken easily in their world cup 2011 group matches. If any of the team take them likely, then that team may exit early in WC11. So I believe big teams wouldn't be taking them lightly.

    Shakib performed and ran properly in last two series and it has been a satisfactory improvement. Cricket world always wants to see Bangladesh performs well and that's why they are keep supporting Bangladesh. After 10 years of playing test cricket, now the country showing the world they can perform well against big guns and can walk side by side. All they need is to get the chance to play county cricket and domestic cricket of Australia. Look at Shakib Al Hasan, he performed exceptionally well in his county team Worcestershire, played 8 matches and bagged 35 wickets with 7/32 !! It's the time to show that New Cricket Force is coming to world cricket and Bangladesh needs support from big guns.

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 12, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    They are being plain lucky. Watch how India thrashes them at the Cup. They will be thrashed so badly, that they will forget how to play cricket- and I hope they are-revenge of 2007

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  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 12, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    They are being plain lucky. Watch how India thrashes them at the Cup. They will be thrashed so badly, that they will forget how to play cricket- and I hope they are-revenge of 2007

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Well, finally Bangladesh has made actual progress showing the world that they are not to be taken easily in their world cup 2011 group matches. If any of the team take them likely, then that team may exit early in WC11. So I believe big teams wouldn't be taking them lightly.

    Shakib performed and ran properly in last two series and it has been a satisfactory improvement. Cricket world always wants to see Bangladesh performs well and that's why they are keep supporting Bangladesh. After 10 years of playing test cricket, now the country showing the world they can perform well against big guns and can walk side by side. All they need is to get the chance to play county cricket and domestic cricket of Australia. Look at Shakib Al Hasan, he performed exceptionally well in his county team Worcestershire, played 8 matches and bagged 35 wickets with 7/32 !! It's the time to show that New Cricket Force is coming to world cricket and Bangladesh needs support from big guns.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Really well play now Bangladesh. In world cup First match VS india. Its not a easy match. For BCB kind information India playing well against SPIN. if that kind of pitch make first match against India Bangladesh have no chance to win.

    I say why drop Shariar nafis , Mohammoad Asraful Why not play rubel hossain ? BCB we know the ability of Mohammad Asraful. shahriar nafis, aftab and rubel ,

    Nayem islam , shaful , rakibul - both are not a singel math winner. Mahmudulla is second best all rounder of bangladesh. Please select good squad for world cup 2011

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    good luck for world cup.this will increase their confidence before wc

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | December 12, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    For BCB, they must keep in mind that Indian batsmen are the best in the world to play spin. So playing against India with the same spin tactic may come back to them to bite. So,y suggestion is play 3 pace bowlers against India and make a pace bowler pitch only for them. Since Bangladesh is the host, so they have the luxury of making pitch as per their requirement. Look at Indiaś failures to date, all in pace and bouncy pitches. In fact the last world cup when India was lost to Bangladesh was due to pace bowler Mashrafeeś pace and bounce. So, it would be excellent to have Rubel, Shafiul and Mashrafee along side Shakib, Razzaq, Nayeem/Mahmudullah. Rubelś extra pace (145-150 Kmph) will make them vulnerable and Mashrafeeś swing+ bounce get wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    @Icyman... What happened in 2007 is now HISTORY and what will happen is a mystery. I Suggest you wait and see , while we enjoy our momentum. Over confident always worked against India. India won their first ever world cup as an underdog team. So mate, you never know who get thrashed badly. History do repeat !!! Go Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    @Icyman we'll see about that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    @ Icyman: We expect Bangladesh to beat India in the opening match of the World Cup. Its our backyard India will be playing in. You can expect a repeat of 2007. We did it before, and we'll damn sure do it again.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @Icyman.. Dude.. get a life.. I am an Indian Fan too.. but seriously!! Bang are a fairly good team.. they aren't too bad.. I hope they give a fight to India.. not that i wan't them to win.. I am expecting a good fight from them or at least From Tamim and Sakhib.. They are exceptional..

  • POSTED BY The_Bangers on | December 12, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    @ Icyman Shakib Al Hasan is highest wicket taking bowler in 2010 one day internationals so far. He picked up 46 wickets. Shafiul Islam and Abdur Razzak are 3rd and fifth at a row. Both they picked up 32 and 29 wickets gradually. Imrul (867 runs), shakib(787 runs) and Tamim (776 runs) are gradually 5th, 9th and 11th position so far as highest run scorer concerned in 2010 one day international. Razzak and Shakib are both ranked at second position in ICC player ranking (bowler category).Throughout the year Shakib was and still he is no.1 all-rounder (ODI) with 446 rating point currently. All this stats and trivia indicate that the Bangers are surely improving in one day cricket. India is a big team. On their day they can beator so called thrash not only Bangladesh but to any of the previous world champs as well. With these individual records of few Bangladeshi players, no one can guarantee that they will beat India in WC where we can surely expect to watch a great battle between two