With the dreams and expectations of millions of people at heart, the Bangladesh national cricket team will embark on a World Cup mission on October 17. Bangladesh will have to qualify for the Super 12 through the qualifying round after failing to make the top eight when the ICC announced the tournament schedule. Therefore, no match in the qualifying phase should be treated lightly. The five players that can make a difference for Bangladesh in the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 are discussed in this article.
Top 5 Potent Bangladeshi Players in 2021 T20I World Cup
Bangladesh selectors picked a 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in 2021, with one stand-by player. Here are five players that have the potential to rise to the occasion and make a significant contribution to Bangladesh's progress in the tournament.
Shakib Al Hasan (All-Rounder)
M: 88 | Runs: 1,763 | HS: 84 | SR: 121.41 | Wkts: 106 | BBI: 5/20 | Econ: 6.73
Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became a regular starter for Kolkata Knight Riders in the just-completed IPL 2021. His all-around brilliance helped the Kolkata team reach the final. So, Shakib will enter the World Cup with a high level of confidence. Shakib is a huge part of Bangladesh's team. Not to mention, he has the ability to cause fear in the opponent's camp with a brilliant all-around display. It will be fantastic news for Bangladesh if Shakib can flourish in the Twenty20 World Cup 2021.
Mahmudullah Riyad (Captain, all-rounder)
M: 102 | Runs: 1,771 | HS: 64* | SR: 118.69 | Wkts: 33 | BBI: 3/18 | Econ: 7.18
Captain Mahmudullah Riyad is a vital part of the Bangladesh team. He has already established himself as Bangladesh's most successful T20 skipper. Mahmudullah recently proved his credentials as captain by leading his team to victory in a T20 series against New Zealand and Australia at home. That's why Mahmudullah's captaincy at the 2021 T20 World Cup would be crucial for Bangladesh. Riyad also happens to be the team's most potent hard hitter. He has a knack for hitting big shots in death overs and can also pick up wickets at crucial moments. The Bangladesh team management would be hoping for the top performance from the team captain.
Mushfiqur Rahim (Batsman)
M: 91 | Runs: 1,321 | HS: 72* | SR: 115.57
Mushfiqur Rahim is Bangladesh's most dependable batsman. His batting in the middle order will be crucial to Bangladesh's innings. Therefore, Mushfiqur will have to shoulder a bit more responsibility in order to maintain stability in Bangladesh's batting. However, the right-hand batsman has been struggling with the bat in recent days. Hopefully, Mushfiqur will return to his best form during the World Cup.
Mustafizur Rahman (Medium pacer)
M: 52 | Wkts: 76 | BBI: 5/22 | Econ: 7.48
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman was in excellent form in the just-concluded IPL. Mustafiz got 14 wickets for the Delhi Capitals. So, regaining his form will strengthen the Bangladesh campaign. If the cutter-master finds his usual rhythm during the tournament, the opponents will experience serious trouble. Mustafizur Rahman may secure his place among the top wicket-takers in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 if he can adapt his bowling with the UAE's pitches.
Liton Das (Batsman)
M: 38 | Runs: 711 | HS: 61 | SR: 129.74
Liton Das will have to shoulder a bit more responsibility in the opening position in the absence of Tamim Iqbal. Because one of the opening batters must bat all the way through the innings. This stylish opener must play the anchor role for the team. However, Liton hasn't performed well for Bangladesh in recent days. If Liton Das can make a good start in the World Cup, Bangladesh will be able to play with confidence in the tournament.
Bangladesh national men's cricket team will have to play as a unit to showcase their true potential in the World Cup. The players must have a good understanding of one another to achieve the goal.
The team management, together with head coach Russell Domingo and captain Mahmudullah Riyad, must construct a suitable game plan for the competition. Though, the main goal would be to bring the team together so that they can perform well on the field.
The five players mentioned above are the most experienced in the current Bangladesh national cricket team setup. They will have to carry the bulk of the responsibilities in the ICC T20 Men's World Cup 2021.