Bangladesh’s batting woes will serve as a’reality check’ ahead of the World Cup: Shakib

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan expressed concern about his team’s subpar batting performance in recent months.

Bangladesh has played 16 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) since the beginning of the year, winning seven, losing seven, and drawing two. They lost a three-match home series to England 2-1, won both home and away series against Ireland 2-0, and lost a home series to Afghanistan 2-1 in July.

In the ongoing Asia Cup, they have been defeated in three of their four matches – twice against Sri Lanka and once against Pakistan – and have been bowled out in all three losses. Only once did they break 300, in a win over Afghanistan, when they posted a strong 334/5 thanks to centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Bangladesh were bundled out for 236 in the Asia Cup Super Four game against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Except for Towhid Hridoy, who made a valiant 82, none of their batters reached 30.

“Our batting has been declining for the last six months (in ODIs) since the series against England and then Afghanistan, and we need to work on it,” Shakib said after last night’s loss to Sri Lanka.

“We are concerned about our batting, and we need to see those areas and work on them so that we can correct them.” This tournament before the World Cup will be extremely beneficial because we need to get our bearings,” he added.

Shakib also discussed Bangladesh’s ODI performance, emphasizing their strength in bilateral matches while admitting the need for improvement in major tournaments.

“We always perform well in bilateral series, and you cannot say we are a bad team, but our big test is in this type of tournament, where we do not perform exceptionally well.”

“We won three matches in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 World Cup,” he continued, reflecting on Bangladesh’s previous World Cup performances, in which they have won three games in each edition since 2011. It is a good thing that the tournament [Asia Cup] was held before the World Cup because everyone will be thinking about how we can solve this problem and only then will we be able to do better.

“We don’t have history because we haven’t succeeded (in big tournaments), though we played two or three finals in Asia Cup and it would have been better if we could have won, but we are always a promising side.”

Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign will begin on October 7 against Afghanistan at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.