Statistics: Bangladesh in world cups

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Where it all started

 

The journey began on 17 May, 1999 at Chelmsford. 16 years and 4 World cups later, Bangladesh team is now in Australia for the ICC World Cup 2015, which is due to begin on February 14. Here is a statistical analysis by Tauhidul Islam on Bangladesh’s performance in world cups.

Let’s first take a look at an overall performance of Bangladesh in the World cup:

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PlayedWonLostTieNo ResultWin %
2680132%

This is to note that Bangladesh did not win any matches in the 2003 World Cup.

Highest score: 283/9 vs India at Mirpur, 2011

Lowest score: 58 vs West Indies at Mirpur, 2011

Largest victory (in terms of runs): 67 runs vs South Africa at Guyana, 2007

Batsmen:

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42 different batsmen have batted for Bangladesh in World Cups. Strikingly, no Bangladeshi batsman has scored a hundred at the world cup. The list of the 5 highest runs scorers for Bangladesh is given below:

 NameMatchesRuns AverageStrike rate50’sHighest Score
Shakib Al Hasan1534426.4662.20357*
Tamim Iqbal1532921.9372.94270
Mohammad Ashraful1629924.9174.75287
Mushfiqur Rahim1521221.2049.76156*
Imrul Kayes618837.6067.87273*

Shakib Al Hasan, like many other records, holds the record for being the highest run scorer for Bangladesh in World Cups. However, for a player of his calibre, an average of 26 and strike rate of 62 is less than impressive. Mushfiqur Rahim’s stats might be misleading, too, but the way he has improved rapidly as a batsman over the years, his statistics are extremely likely to get better after this World Cup. Imrul Kayes was impressive last World Cup, and might consider himself unlucky not to make it this time.

 Most fifties: Shakib Al Hasan (3)

Highest individual score: Mohammad Ashraful 87 vs South Africa, Guyana, 2007

Most sixes: Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammad Rafique (4 each)

Most ducks: Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique (3 each)

Bowling

26 bowlers have bowled for Bangladesh in World cups, and out of them, Abdur Razzak leads the pack with 20 wickets. Here are the top 5 wicket takers for Bangladesh in World Cups:

NameMatchesWicketsAverageEconomyBest bowling
Abdur Razzak152028.204.633/20
Shakib Al Hasan151535.004.892/12
Khaled Mahmud91224.834.323/31
Mohammad Rafique171242.254.363/35
Mashrafe Mortaza111136.274.734/38

Abdur Razzak

Abdur Razzak leads the pack with 20 wickets, but it is a bit interesting to note that slow medium bowler Khaled Mahmud has a very impressive average of 24.83 and economy rate of 4.32, which is much better than his career stats. However, Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza might have improved numbers in this world cup if they play to their potential.

Best bowling figures: Shafiul Islam 4/21 vs Ireland, Mirpur, 2011

Fielding:

Most dismissals: Mushfiqur Rahim  10 in 15 matches

Most catches: Tamim Iqbal (8)

Highest Partnership: Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique (92) vs Netherlands, Chittagong, 2011

Other records:

Most matches played: Mohammad Rafique (17) 

Most matches captained: Habibul Bashar (9)

Most matches won as captain: Habibul Bashar and Shakib Al Hasan (3 each)

Conclusion:

Shakib Al Hasan leads the team in many aspects in terms of records, but compared to his ability, his world cup records have not lived up to his expectations. He is certainly a much better player than the numbers suggest, and the fact that he still tops many of the records suggest that Bangladesh players have not shone on a consistent basis at the biggest stage.

This world cup brings with it the chance for redemption for Bangladesh. Fans hope that they grab it with both hands. It will not be easy going in Australia and New Zealand, but the Tigers need to believe, and give it their best shot in the field.