Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, World Cup, ICC World Cup 2019
Bangladesh exited the group stage on three occasions in 1999, 2003 and 2011. They reached the Super Eights in 2007. @ AFP

Bangladesh seem to have found the perfect rhythm ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 after clinching their maiden multi-team ODI tournament the Tri-Nation series title after defeating West Indies in the final in Dublin. After shedding the minnows tag a while ago, Bangladesh are certainly no pushovers at the global showpiece event.

As part our of series looking at the history of each time at the World Cup, today we revisit Bangladesh past performances and key players from 1975 to 2015.

How have Bangladesh fared at ICC World Cups?

Bangladesh were not eligible to participate in the first World Cup in 1975 since they weren’t an ICC member. The Tigers couldn’t qualify for the next five World Cups from 1979 to 1996.

Bangladesh exited the group stage on three occasions in 1999, 2003 and 2011. They reached the Super Eights in 2007.

In the last edition, in 2015, they reached the quarters.

Bangladesh’s highest and lowest World Cup scores

Bangladesh’s highest ever innings score in the World Cup came in 2015 when they amassed 322/4 against Scotland at Nelson. Their lowest total of 58 came against West Indies in Dhaka during the 2011 edition.

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Individual records

Mahmudullah (128* vs New Zealand, 2015) has the highest individual score by a Bangladeshi batsman. Interestingly, he is the only player from Bangladesh with two centuries under his belt in the World Cup.

Shafiul Islam (4/21 vs Ireland) produced the best bowling performance in 2011. Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain are other bowlers to bag four wickets in a match.

Shakib has been the leading performer for Bangladesh in the World Cup. He has featured in 21 World Cup matches for Bangladesh and has picked up a total of 23 wickets with a best of 4/55. The southpaw has 540 runs with the bat including five fifties.

Mushfiqur Rahim is the only other batsman besides Shakib to score 500-plus runs in the World Cup for Bangladesh. He has also hit the most sixes (8) for Bangladesh in the event.

Tamim Iqbal has smashed the most fours (58). He has also taken nine catches for the Tigers.

Mahmudullah and Rahim’s 141-run stand versus England in 2015 is the side’s best partnership.