The Asia Cup 2023 is just around the corner, and Bangladeshi fans are eagerly anticipating the performances of the Bangladesh ODI squad. With a talented group of players, Bangladesh has the potential to make a significant impact in the tournament. Some key players to watch out for in the Bangladesh ODI squad include Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ebadot Hossain, and Taskin Ahmed. Additionally, the young and promising pacer, Shoriful Islam, has the ability to trouble batsmen with his pace and swing. These players, along with others in the squad, will play a crucial role in Bangladesh's quest for success in the Asia Cup 2023.
Bangladesh Squad in Asia Cup 2023
Litton Das, Tanzid Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Naim Sheikh.
Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Nasum Ahmed.
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan.
Taijul Islam, Saif Hasan, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Three Batters to Watch in Bangladesh Squad for Asia Cup 2023
Table: Key batters to watch out for in Bangladesh Squad
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|Najmul Hossain Shanto
Litton’s 301 runs in 12 matches in 2023 made him one of the key batters for the Bangladesh team. Litton Das was engaged in various cricket leagues such as Global T20 League in Canada and Sri Lankan Premier League. Evidently, his packed schedule suggested that he is diligently preparing himself for the upcoming Asia Cup on August 30.
Making his debut appearance in the Asia Cup back in 2018, Litton marked a significant entry onto the international stage. Notably, during the final match of the 2018 Asia Cup against India, Litton showcased his skill by attaining his inaugural ODI century. With the passage of time, he has since gathered invaluable experience and maturity. Given his enhanced skills, there are high expectations that Litton Das will undoubtedly put forth his utmost effort in the upcoming tournament.
Najmul Hossain Shanto
Najmul Hossain Shanto has played 27 ODIs so far, scoring 639 runs at an average of 24.57. He has scored one century and three half-centuries, with his highest score being 117. He has a strike rate of 76.34.
Shanto's ODI career has been mixed so far. He has had some good innings, but he has also had some low scores. But, this year Shanto has been tremendous with 429 runs from 12 matches. However, Shanto is still a young player and he has the potential to be a good ODI batsman. He has good technique and he is a good stroke player. If Shanto can continue his consistency in Asia Cup 2023, he can be a valuable asset to the Bangladesh ODI team.
With 7257 runs Mushfiqur Rahim is considered one of the most successful batsmen in Bangladesh's history. Mushfiqur made his ODI debut in 2006 and has since played 251 matches, scoring 7257 runs at an average of 37.21. He has scored 9 centuries and 45 half-centuries, with his highest score being 144. He has a strike rate of 79.71.
Mushfiqur is a technically sound batsman who is good against both pace and spin. He is also an excellent wicketkeeper. He has been a consistent performer for Bangladesh in ODIs over the years. With 446 runs from 12 matches in 2023, Mushfiq will be a key player for Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2023.
Two Bowlers to Watch Out for in the Bangladesh ODI Squad
Table: Key bowlers to watch in Bangladesh Squad
|Played Matches in 2023
|Wickets in 2023
Drawing upon his extensive experience, Taskin Ahmed is capable to put significant pressure on the opposing teams through his formidable pace attack in the forthcoming Asia Cup 2023. As a right-arm bowler, Taskin brings with him an impressive track record, having notched an impressive tally of 81 wickets across 59 ODIs all while maintaining an economy rate of 5.43. This remarkable combination of skill, speed, and consistency underscores his potential to be a key force in his team's bowling arsenal during the tournament. Asia Cup 2023 will be his debut in the ODI version of this tournament.
He made his ODI debut in 2022 and has played 12 matches so far, taking 22 wickets at an average of 22.90. Ebadot has been a relatively successful bowler in ODIs so far. He has taken wickets in almost all of his matches and he has been able to bowl consistently at a good pace. Although Ebadot played only 8 matches this year, he showed his outstanding performance in 2022 by taking 11 wickets from 4 matches. So, he has a great chance to show his skill in the Asia Cup 2023.
Other Promising Players from Bangladesh ODI Squad
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan will lead the Bangladesh team in Asia Cup 2023 and his remarkable all-rounder performance will surely play a pivotal role for Bangladesh. Recently, he achieved a milestone by becoming the first player from Bangladesh to get 300 wickets in ODI.
But, the last time Shakib played in the Asia Cup in 2018, he didn't do very well. However, he was not completely fit at that time. Shakib even missed some important matches that year. In the first four matches of the tournament, he could not score much – he got 0, 17, 32, and 0. That showed that he had a tough time. But this year, he's been doing great. He has scored 376 runs and taken 11 wickets in 11 matches, which is really impressive. This resurgence confirms his readiness to make a significant impact in the Asia Cup 2023.
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These are just a few of the key players to watch in the Bangladesh ODI squad for the Asia Cup 2023. If they can all play to their potential, Bangladesh will be a tough team to beat. In addition to the players mentioned above, Bangladesh also has some other talented players in their squad, such as Towhid Hridoy, Mohammad Naim, Shoriful Islam, and Nasum Ahmed. If these players can contribute consistently, Bangladesh can win the Asia Cup 2023.