Bangladesh created history yesterday by defeating India in the 2nd ODI of the on-going series and claiming their first ever series win against their neighbours India.
Bangladesh have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3 ODI match series and will be eyeing an whitewash and create history.
In their dream run this calendar year, including their performance in the World Cup and their home series victories against Pakistan and India, their pacers have played a dominant role. Bangladesh used to rely much on their spinners but now they have shifted their focus on frontline pacers in the limited overs format.
Recently in this series against India, they did something which hardly any Asian team would dare to do. They played four full time pacers in their bowling line up, that also playing while playing in the Indian sub-continent which is not exactly pace friendly. This strategy of the home did click and it clicked well.
Let’s take a look at some of the fast bowlers of Bangladesh who have recently contributed to the pace attack of the nation:
1) Mustafizur Rahman:
This 19 year old left arm pacer is currently the poster boy of the Bangladesh cricket team. He made an unforgettable debut against India in the 1st match claiming 5 wickets and continued his fine form in the second match too by scalping 6 wickets. He alone took the responsibility to break the backbone of the strong Indian batting line-up and delivered with perfection.
He has good pace, bowls with great line and length and can his bowling action gives him an edge. By his current action ,the batsmen are getting deceived as they are not being able to differentiate the slower ones from the regular ones. Rahman clearly showed that he is a bowler who has immense potential and is ready to lead the Bangladesh pace attack in the future.
2) Taskin Ahmed:
The tall 20 year old paceman like Mustafizur, Taskin, made his debut against India last year and went on to claim 5 wickets. He is one of the quickest bowlers of his country, clocking 140 km/h and remained close to that speed in both first-class cricket and in his first T20I against Australia in the ICC WT20 tournament held in Bangladesh on the 1st of April, 2014.
Owing to his tall structure, he can extract bounce from the pitch and trouble the batsmen with the deadly combination of pace and bounce.
3) Rubel Hossain:
He was the hero for Bangladesh in the previously concluded ICC Cricket World Cup. Due to his terrific bowling in the World Cup match against England, Bangladesh qualified for the quarter finals of the tournament. The 25 year old pacer has a slinging action, which enables him to bowl accurate Yorkers. He is always seen to be a fiery fast bowler on the pitch who never misses a chance to show agrresion. Rubel is also known for his love for speed as he is always eager to clock the 140 km/hr mark when he is bowling.
4) Al-Amin Hossain:
Al-Amin was selected in the 15-man squad to play in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but unfortunately was sent home during the tournament for breaking a team curfew. This tall pacer, after an impressive domestic career was drafted into the Bangladesh squad. Although currently he is out of the team, he has the potential to return to the squad and perform on the international dias.
5) Mashrafee Mortaza:
This list is incomplete without the mention of the veteran pacer who is now the ODI captain of Bangladesh. Mortaza who debuted back in the 2001 is one of the longest serving Bangladesh players and one of the finest pacers the country has ever produced. He was once considered the fastest fast bowler in the country but now his age and injuries have slowed him down a bit but his aggression still remains the same. He is a complete pacer and is the ideal person to lead the pace attack and bring up more bowlers like him.