The journey of Bangladesh in international cricket has been nothing short of remarkable. From their humble beginnings as an associate nation in 1977 to becoming a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test, one-day and now in T20 international status, Bangladesh has made significant progresses in the cricketing world. Over the years, they have produced some world-class batsman who have played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s success.
Bangladesh’s Early Years and Qualification for the World Cup
Bangladesh’s entry into international cricket came in 1979 when they participated in the ICC Trophy in England. Although they had mixed results in the tournament, winning 2 matches and losing 2, it was a steppingstone for their cricketing journey. The turning point for Bangladesh came in 1997 when they secured the ICC Trophy in Malaysia, which granted them entry into their first-ever ODI World Cup in 1999. It was during this World Cup that they made headlines by defeating Pakistan, a victory that marked the beginning of their ascent in international cricket.
In this article, we will explore the top batsman who have scored the most runs for Bangladesh in ODI, highlighting their contributions and achievements.
1. Tamim Iqbal: The Master of Bangladesh Cricket
Tamim Iqbal is one of the most successful and prolific batsmen in Bangladesh cricket history. He is the only player from Bangladesh to score more than 15,000 runs in international cricket across all formats and the first Bangladeshi to score a century at Lord’s. He is known for his aggressive and elegant batting style, especially his trademark straight drive. He has scored 8357 runs, including 14 centuries and 56 half-centuries in his ODI career so far, making him the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in All formats. He is also a former captain of the Bangladesh ODI team, leading them to 13 wins in 24 matches. He made his international debut in 2007 and became the captain of the ODI team in 2020. He led Bangladesh to their first-ever ODI series win over Australia in 2023. He is widely regarded as one of the best openers in the world and a legend of Bangladesh cricket.
2. Mushfiqur Rahim: The Most Experienced and Reliable Batsman.
Mushfiqur Rahim is the most experienced and reliable batsman in the Bangladesh team. He is also a very skilled wicketkeeper who has taken more than 300 dismissals in international cricket. He has scored 7608 runs, including 09 centuries and 48 half-centuries in his ODI career so far, making him the second-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in both (ODI And Test) formats. He has also captained Bangladesh in 94 internationals, leading them to some memorable victories. He is known for his fighting spirit, his skillful batting, and his agility behind the stumps.
3. Shakib Al Hasan: The Rockstar.
Shakib Al Hasan the current captain of the Bangladesh national cricket team in all formats. He is known for his aggressive left-handed batting style in the middle order and widely regarded as one of the greatest Bangladeshi cricketers ever have on Bangladesh Cricket. Shakib Al Hasan also holds the record for the most fifty-plus scores in a single ODI World Cup edition, along with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. They all scored seven half-centuries in the 2023, 2003 and 2019 editions respectively. He is the first and only player in the world to be ranked as the No.1 all-rounder in all three formats of the game by the ICC. He has scored 7570 runs, including 09 centuries and 56 half-centuries in his ODI career so far, making him the third-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in All formats.
4. Mahmudullah: The Trailblazer
Like Jayasuriya, Pietersen, S Malik, S Smith and many more, Mahmudullah started his career as a bowler and then converted into a batsman who could bowl off-breaks. He became the first Bangladeshi World Cup centurion when he scored 103 against England at the Adelaide Oval that helped his team reach the knockout stage (Quarter Final against India) for the first time. He also scored a century against New Zealand in the 2017 Champions Trophy, helping Bangladesh reach the semi-finals for the first time. He is known for his ability to finish close limited-overs games. He has scored 5348 runs, including 04 centuries and 28 half-centuries in his ODI career so far, making him the fourth-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in All formats.
5. Mohammad Ashraful: The Undetermined.
Mohammad Ashraful is one of the most talented and frustrating cricketers in Bangladesh’s history. He scored 100 against Australia in 2005, leading Bangladesh to a historic victory in the ODI tri-series in England. He captained Bangladesh in 13 Tests and 38 ODIs between 2007 and 2009 but had a poor record as a leader and a batsman. Then, he was banned for five years in 2014 for his involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League. He has scored 3468 runs, including 03 centuries and 20 half-centuries in his ODI career so far, making him the fifth-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in All formats
These five batsmen exemplify the batting heritage of Bangladesh cricket. Their performances have not only elevated the team’s success but have also inspired a new generation of cricketers. The journey of Bangladesh cricket in ODI formats of cricket continues, and they strive to establish themselves as a major force in international cricket.
List of Most Run Scorer for Bangladesh in odi.
|3||Shakib Al Hasan||247||234||7,570||134*||37.29||9||56|
|23||Nazmul Hossain Shanto||39||38||1,130||117||30.54||2||7|