WC 2015 team profile: Often paper tigers, Bangladesh seldom beat the giants

Bangladesh, the fourth South Asian country to play the World Cup, caused a major upset in their very first edition when they beat a formidable Pakistan side. The Asian side also produced stunning performance in the 2007 World Cup when they beat India and South Africa. In 2011, Bangladesh, who were one of the hosts of the edition, beat England.

[WC 2015 team profiles]

In the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh are clubbed with Australia, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Scotland in Pool A.


Here is Bangladesh's schedule at WC 2015: Vs Afghanistan (February 18), Vs Australia (Feb 21), Vs Sri Lanka (Feb 26), Vs Scotland (Mar 5), Vs Bangladesh (Mar 9), Vs New Zealand (Mar 13) [Full itinerary of WC 2015]

Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vice-capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah Riaz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Nasir Hossain, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Arafat Sunny

Bangladesh's best performance: Super Eight stage in 2007 (finished 7th)

Bangladesh's success percentage in WC: 32% (played 26, won 8, lost 17, no results 1)

Most matches as captain: Habibul Bashar 9 (Won 3, Lost 6)

Highest team score: 283/9 vs India in 2011

Lowest team score: 58 vs West Indies in 2011

Most number of matches in WC for Bangladesh: Mohammad Rafique (17)

Bangladesh's highest scorer in WC: Shakib Al Hasan (344 runs in 15 matches at an average of 26.46)

Most number of wickets for Bangladesh in WC: Abdur Razzak (20 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 28.20)

Highest individual score by a Bangladeshi in WC: Mohammad Ashraful (87 vs South Africa in 2007)

Best bowling figures by a Bangladeshi in WC: Shafiul Islam (4 for 21 vs Ireland in 2011)

Biggest win for Bangladesh in WC: Vs Bermuda by 7 wickets in 2011, Vs South Africa by 67 runs in 2007

Narrowest win for Bangladesh in WC: Vs England by 2 wickets in 2011, vs Scotland by 22 runs in 1999

Biggest loss for Bangladesh in WC: Vs Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia by 10 wickets in 2003 and 2007; vs South Africa by 206 runs in 2011

Narrowest loss for Bangladesh in WC: Vs Kenya by 32 runs in 2003, vs West Indies by 4 wickets in 2007

Looking back at Bangladesh's WC performance in each World Cup since 1999 when they made their debut:

1999: Bangladesh, captained, by Aminul Islam had an ordinary World Cup till their last two games. Their maiden victory in the World Cup came against Scotland, who were also playing in their first World Cup. But Bangladesh had a memorable end to their World Cup campaign when they beat former champions Pakistan by 62 runs in their final group match.
Former skipper Akram Khan scored 42 while Khaled Mahmud took 3 for 31 runs and was adjudged the man of the match.

2003: A forgettable World Cup for Bangladesh as they lost all but one of their group matches, including the one against lowly placed Canada and Kenya, to end at of the table. Their match against the West Indies was cancelled because of the rain.

2007: Bangladesh's best World Cup so far. Captained by Habibul Bashar, Bangladesh stunned India by 5 wickets in their opening match and advanced to the Super Eight stage after beating debutants Bermuda. In the Super Eight stage, Bangladesh lost 5 of their 6 matches, including the one against debutants Ireland, but pulled off a surprising 67-run victory over South Africa.

2011: Led by Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh was expected to do well in this World cup played on their home soil but they disappointed their supporters by failing to win crunch matches. They beat Ireland, England and the Netherlands but lost to India, West Indies and South Africa. Getting bundled out for 58 against the Caribbeans in front of the home crowd was perhaps the Bangladeshis lowest point in this edition.

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