Despite having only one victory at the T20 World Cup since 2007, Bangladesh’s great all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan believes that series wins against Australia, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe will help them improve their prospects.
Bangladesh will compete in the qualifying stage for the 2021 event, which begins on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Shakib, on the other hand, believes that the recent victories in Dhaka have toughened the team at the perfect time.
“In the World Cup, I believe we have an excellent chance.” We had done a fantastic job of preparing. We won those three series, which is a huge reason,” Shakib explained.
“When a team consistently wins, it develops a winning mentality and boosts confidence to new heights.”
The Tigers will compete in qualification matches against Scotland, Oman, and Papua New Guinea for one of two spots in the main Super 12 league.
They are currently ranked sixth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings and are among the favorites to advance.
The team’s limited-overs fortunes have been aided by the outstanding form of fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who was a notable performance for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
In Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh have unearthed a new generation of hitters to support captain Mahmudullah Riyad.
However, the victories over Australia and New Zealand came against weakened touring sides on slow grounds that suited Bangladesh’s game perfectly.
And not everyone believes Bangladesh’s improved performance will have an impact on the World Cup.
“We haven’t won a main round game since 2007.”
Former captain Mohammad Ashraful told AFP, “I can only hope that this situation would change this time.”
“Against Afghanistan and Ireland, I predict two victories” (if they qualify). Anything more would be a major accomplishment,” he stated.
The impact of the victories over Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (4-1) was downplayed by Ashraful, who was named man of the match in Bangladesh’s 2007 World Cup victory over the West Indies (3-2).
“Australia and New Zealand sent poor sides, none of whom had their best batsmen, and still we lost to them,” he remarked.
“We won, but no batsman struck a century and no bowler took five wickets.”
“A win instills confidence in you.” I didn’t catch any solo performances, though.
The bowlers did well, but I doubt we will see a track like this in the UAE.”
Bangladesh defeated Australia 4-1 in August, despite the absence of captain Aaron Finch and other key players, before defeating New Zealand 3-2 the following month.
New Zealand had none of their World Cup players.
Bangladesh began T20 internationals with a flourish, winning three of their first four games before settling into the bottom half of the rankings, according to Ashraful.
Bangladesh’s ardent supporters want to see Shakib and his colleagues put their words into action in the World Cup.