Bangladesh looks to Shakib for confidence ahead of crucial clash with India.


Bangladesh looks to Shakib for confidence ahead of crucial clash with India.

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Analyzing Indian batters’ stats, they exhibit susceptibility to left-arm finger spin, a skill mastered by the Bangladesh captain, their key player. Ahead of India’s upcoming World Cup match against Bangladesh, the numbers reveal a telling story. In ODIs since 2022, Indian batters have lost 42 wickets to left-arm spinners, compared to 21 and 24 wickets to leg-spinners and off-spinners, respectively.

While Shakib Al Hasan would naturally be pleased with this statistic, there’s a twist. The availability of the Bangladesh skipper for the game at Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Gahunje, just 30 km from Pune, remains uncertain due to his left quadriceps injury. The Bangladesh management has yet to confirm his participation in the match.

Virat Kohli remarked, “He’s got amazing control. He’s a very experienced bowler. He bowls very well with the new ball, knows how to deceive the batsman, and is also very economical. You have to play your best against all these bowlers.” Shakib has taken 10 wickets in four games against India since 2022, with an average of 18 and a strike rate of 24.

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The Indian team doesn’t have a specific plan to counter Shakib, with India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey acknowledging Shakib’s skills but downplaying their concern: “We know he’s a quality player, but for us, it doesn’t really matter.”

Looking beyond Shakib’s influence, Bangladesh has shown the ability to challenge even strong Indian teams. Recent stats indicate their improved performance, winning three of their last four ODIs against India, including bilateral matches and a previous Asia Cup encounter.

This is no ordinary game; it’s a live World Cup contest. India is in superb form, led by Rohit Sharma’s dynamic batting and the precision of bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav. India seems the favorite, but surprises have been the theme of this tournament. So, expect the unexpected.

  • Match Date: October 19, 2023
  • Time: 14:00 IST
  • Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Anticipated Conditions: The pitch historically favors batsmen and, even though it’s fresh this season, Thursday’s match is likely to offer a similar experience. Keep in mind the cooler weather due to a nearby cyclone warning.

Team Focus: India

With the compact boundaries at Pune Stadium, adding an extra spinner seems improbable, and India is set to stick with the same XI from the October 14 clash against Pakistan.

Tactics & Matchups:

In 2023, Mohammed Siraj boasts the strongest PowerPlay performance, aiming to extend it against Litton Das, whom he’s removed twice in just 22 deliveries.

Predicted Starting Lineup

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Bangladesh squad

the captain’s availability is uncertain, and there’s a puzzle surrounding the XI. Tanzid Hasan’s poor form might lead to Mehidy Hasan Miraz being considered as an opener, and Tanzim Hasan Sakib could be in contention as well.

Strategies and Face-offs

Shakib Al Hasan has outwitted Virat Kohli on five occasions, delivering 148 balls against India’s star batsman. He also maintains an impressive run rate in this head-to-head encounter.

Likely Starting XI

Litton Das, Tanzid Tamim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam.

Interesting Facts

  • Over the last three matches at this venue, spinners have claimed just six wickets. Their average is 109.66, while pacers average 33.83.
  • As captain, Rohit Sharma maintains an impressive ODI average of 69.66 against Bangladesh.
  • Shakib Al Hasan has notched up three 50+ scores in four World Cup encounters with India.

In their recent statements

Paras Mhambrey acknowledged the challenges without Bumrah, emphasizing his world-class value with match-changing breakthroughs in power plays and mid-overs, noting his status as a top-notch death bowler.

Bangladesh’s bowling coach, Allan Donald, underlined Virat Kohli’s significance as the premier scalp in the opposing team, requiring meticulous pre-match consideration.


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