This Bangladesh side has emerged as one of the dangerous limited overs outfit © Getty Images
This Bangladesh side has emerged as one of the dangerous limited overs outfit © Getty Images

Last year Bangladesh failed to win a single One-Day International (ODI) till November. But after that dry period, they are currently unbeaten in their last nine consecutive ODIs at home. Add to that, keeping their historical campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 — the tide has turned. Sandipan Banerjee finds out the ‘success mantra’ of this of this new generation of ‘Bangla-Tigers’.

Bacche ab bacche nehi rahe” (The kids  are no kids anymore) — this is the tagline which Star Sports, the official broadcaster is using to promote the ongoing BangladeshIndia series. A team which was used to consider as only a ‘giant-killer’ barely a year ago, now has emerged as one of the dangerous limited-overs sides in world cricket. READ: Mustafizur Rahman: Another example of Bangladesh’s growing pool of international talent

With their recent showing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, followed by the clean sweep of Pakistan and now a huge 79-run win against a full-strength Indian team, Bangladesh are literally proving the script writer of Star Sports right.  They are not a minnows anymore. This is the start of a new era of Bangladesh cricket. READ: Bangladesh or Pakistan: Who will qualify for ICC Champions Trophy 2017?

But what is so unique about this team? Within one year, what miracle they have done, which improved their performance so drastically?

Let’s find out.

A balanced outfit with a mixture of youth and experience: The current Bangladesh squad has a nice mixture of young and experience cricketers in their ranks. The pros like Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, and Mushfiqur Rahim are the backbone of this team. But they also have the likes of young Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mominul Haque, who have played instrumental roles for the success of Bangladesh cricket of late. The heroic of teenager medium pacer, Mustafizur Rahman against a strong Indian batting line-up in the last ODI, is a perfect example of this. READ: Bangladesh: Joy of watching the Bangla Tigers succeed

The rise of these young and talented Bangladeshi cricketers added the required firepower in this team and results have started to come.

No fear attitude: This new generation of Bangladesh cricketers has no fear of losing. Instead, they have learned to attack the opposition from start. The current bunch of players at this moment, are without any doubt, some of the best cricketers Bangladesh have ever produced and currently they are playing a brand of cricket which the cricketing country has never played. Bangladesh do not fear attacking the opposition’s best bowler or sledging the opponent’s best batsman. They have conquered their fear of losing. READ: Have Bangladesh conquered their fear of losing?

Mashrafe Mortaza’s inspirational leadership: Last year, before the start of home series against Zimbabwe and barely three months before the World Cup, Mashrafe Mortaza was handed over the captaincy of Bangladesh’s limited-overs team. Till then, the men in green were yet to win a single ODI in 2014. But the inspirational leadership of Mortaza has paid dividends. It has changed the fortunes of Bangladesh cricket. READ: Bangladesh: The ugly duckling of world cricket comes off age

Though Morataza is not the most talented player in this team, but you will always find him leading from the front. His fitness is a big concern but Mortaza always gives his 100 per cent on the field, which inspires the whole team. Sometimes he looks over animated, but Bangladesh cricket currently need this kind of fire and aggressive attitude.

An admirable pace attack: Traditionally, Bangladesh is country of spinners. In past, we have seen Bangladeshi teams packed with slow bowlers, especially left-arm spinners.  But now time has changed though. These days they do not hesitate in playing a four-pronged attack, especially on flat decks in Dhaka, and against one of the strongest batting line up in the world in limited-overs format. They have the likes of Rubel, Taskin, Mortaza himself, Shahadat Hossain who have the pace to trouble the opposition and in slightly helpful conditions, they can be more than handy.  England experienced the taste of it in World Cup. The variation of Mustafizur Rahman is nice addition to this attack.

The influence of Chandrika Hathurusinghe and Heath Streak: Another prime reason of behind the success of this particular Bangladesh team is the influence of head-coach Chandrika Hathurusinghe and bowling coach Heath Streak. This combination has worked wonders of this side. In fact Hathurusinghe injected the “no fear” attitude in this team. He gave the licence to the players to play the attacking game.

Streak, on the other hand, worked closely with the bowlers. During his playing days, he himself was a hard working cricketer and he brought this attitude in Bangladesh cricket. Streak has to be credited for the rise of pace bowling in Bangladesh, which used to be termed an ideal land of spinners.

Bangladesh is going through a ‘purple patch’ at this moment and if they can keep this right energy and right attitude going, this bunch has the potential to build a team which can achieve many feats in near future.      

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)