The three match ODI series between India and Bangladesh is all set to get kicked off in Mirpur tomorrow. All eyes are on India’s star players to do well in the series. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Suresh Raina, Mushfiqur Rahim etc. always hog the limelight whenever they play. But here we bring you the players who could steal the limelight from those players.
Soumya Sarkar has been one of the rising cricketer in Bangladesh a year back and now, he has become a vital part of the team. Sarkar had a decent run in the 2015 World Cup and followed it with a great ODI series against Pakistan, in which he scored his maiden ODI ton in the third ODI. After asked to open as a replacement of Anamul Haque, Sarkar has cemented his spot as an opener and would like to continue his good show against India too. He also takes the pressure off Tamim Iqbal’s shoulder and allows him to play his natural game.
Taskin Ahmed came into the limelight after taking a fifer on his ODI debut against India exactly a year ago in Mirpur. Since then, there has been no turning back for him. He had a good outing in the World Cup and in the series against Pakistan. He is faster than all other Bangladeshi pacers and does the opposition batsmen in by the extra pace he generates. He is very young and has a long way to go in his career. Taskin, along with skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain has formed a deadly pace trio and he has stated that he is very eager to face India again and is hopeing for a different result in the series.
The likes of Sarkar, Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim often grabs the limelight in the Bangladesh batting line-up. But the efforts of Sabbir Rahman has gone unnoticed in the recent past. Sabbir is a hard hitting batsman, who plays the role of finisher and has been successful in doing so. He scores his runs in a brisk pace and takes the opposition bowlers to the cleaners in the slog overs. If Indian bowlers, doesn’t bowl proper lengths in the death overs, then a carnage can be expected from the bat of Sabbir. He also bowls some crucial overs with his leg spin.
Indian team is all set to receive a huge boost as they welcome their skipper MS Dhoni for the three match ODI series. Dhoni has been India’s vital cog in the limited overs format retired from Tests last year but will continue leading the side in ODIs. Dhoni is one of the best ODI batsmen in the world at the moment and he would like to carry on that tag in the future. Few days back, Dhoni visited his childhood coach MP Singh for reverting to his old batting style when he used to smash the bowlers all around and start attacking from the word go. His coach said He was hitting them hard and clean, like he used to do in his younger days. Don’t be surprised if you see an attacking Dhoni in action in Bangladesh. Watch out Bangladeshi bowlers, MS Dhoni is waiting for you.
All Rounder Ravindra Jadeja was a vital part of the ODI side in the past two years and was one of the architects of India’s triumph in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He was down with a shoulder injury midway through the Test series in Australia and was doubtful for the 2015 World Cup. Fortunately, he was picked in the 15 and recovered just in time for the World Cup. Skipper MS Dhoni, who believes a lot in Jadeja’s abilities picked him over Akshar Patel, who did extremely well in the ODI series against Sri Lanka at home and the Carlton-Mid Triangular series in Australia. But the World Cup did not go in favour of Jadeja as he remained India’s weak link throughout the tournament. He picked up just 9 out of the 77 wickets India took in their 8 matches in the World Cup. Following the World Cup, Jadeja had a rather poor outing in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings. Even MS Dhoni spoke critically of Jadeja in the Press Conferences and the Post Match presentations during the World Cup and IPL. With the likes of Akshar Patel and Stuart Binny waiting in the wings, Jadeja has to perform to cement his place or he has to perish.
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was MS Dhoni’s go to man in the bowling department exactly a year ago. But a heel injury to him just before the 2015 World Cup made Dhoni prefer Mohit Sharma ahead of Bhuvneshwar throughout the tournament. Bhuvneshwar’s chances of being a regular in the ODI XI faced a huge threat as India’s pace trio of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit had a brilliant World Cup, which could see Bhuvneshwar being omitted from the playing XI. But an injury to Shami has given him some hope as Bhuvneshwar is all set to take the place of Shami in the playing XI in the ODI series against Bangladesh. Bhuvneshwar has been in great form in the recent past and was one of the leading wicket takers in the 2015 edition of IPL. He swings the new ball both the ways and put the batsmen under back-foot straightaway. He is also good in the death overs as he is one of the rare Indian pacer to bowl Yorkers at will. With a heavy competition going around in the pace department, Bhuvneshwar will look to give his best and keep himself in the reckoning.