As a Bangla fan, we all want to see Bangladesh in the semifinals or Finals but their performance in the ICC World Cup has broken our hearts so many times. We feel there are many reasons why Bangladesh always struggle in the ICC World Cups. Some of them are:
We all know that Bangladesh became the first country to be knocked out from the ongoing ICC World Cup after six straight losses in seven matches. Bangladesh still have two more games in their hand against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively, but it is just a mere formality for them. However, with a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy up for stake, there is ample reason to continue pushing harder. Bangladesh is currently at the bottom of the points table and is at serious risk of missing the opportunity to play in the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 tournament. Here’s what went wrong for the Shakib Hasan-led side in the ongoing World Cup and why Bangladesh always struggle in ICC World Cups.
Weak bowling attack that fails to take wickets or contain runs.
According to Stats Bangladesh has the worst economy rate (6.29) and the second-worst average (47.00) among all teams in the World Cup. Specially Bangladesh’s spinners, which are supposed to be their strength, have been ineffective and expensive. Their pacers also have lacked consistency and penetration. Injuries and poor fielding have also plagued them.
Lack of depth in batting
CricketBanglaadesh.info feels Bangladesh has a lack of depth in batting that makes them dependent on a few key players. Apart from Mahmudullah and Liton Das, who have scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 and 225 runs at an average of 32.14, none of the other batsmen have crossed 200 runs in the tournament.
Has a poor record against top teams in ICC events.
Bangladesh has a poor record against top teams in ICC events. They have only won three matches out of 27 against the top eight teams (excluding themselves) in World Cup history. They have also lost to associate teams like Netherlands and Ireland in previous editions. They have not been able to handle the pressure and expectations of playing on the big stage, and have often succumbed to mental lapses and errors.
Potent but out of form top order
Bangladesh doesn’t have a top order that instils fear in bowling units, but they have a tidy and reliable top three. As much as Najmul Shanto’s form at No. 3 is a huge blessing for the side (averages 49.86 in 2023), the bitter truth is that it’s the only positive for them heading into the World Cup from a top-order perspective, with Litton Das averaging 24.14 and Tanzid 8.5 this year.
Lack of leadership and vision
Bangladesh has a lack of leadership and vision that hampers their growth and development. They have had frequent changes in captaincy, coaching staff, selection panel, and team management over the years, which has affected their stability and continuity. They have also faced issues like player disputes, ego clashes, retirement dramas, corruption scandals, and political interference that have distracted them from their cricketing goals.
These are some of the possible reasons why Bangladesh always struggle in the ICC World Cup. However, they can also overcome these challenges by learning from their mistakes, working hard on their skills, adopting a positive attitude, and playing with passion and pride. They have shown glimpses of their potential and talent in the past, and they can still achieve great things in the future if they believe in themselves and their teammates.
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