Amid all the off-field controversies, Bangladesh will kick off their India tour on Sunday with a 3-match T20I series. Both the teams will miss the services of their regular captains but, the players will look to make the most out of this series given that the ICC T20 World Cup is just 12 months away.
While Bangladesh have been impressive in the 50-overs World Cup, they have never made it big in the T20 World Cup. The same goes for the Men in Blue who have not won the crown since 2007. Apart from the T20 World Cup, the Bangladeshi players will also try to awe the IPL franchise owners by performing well in this series.
As we all know, the IPL Auction is slated to take place in December 2019 in Kolkata. So, in case a Bangladeshi player performs well in this series, he will have a realistic chance of earning an IPL contract.
In this article, let’s look at the 3 Bangladesh players who can gain an IPL contract by playing good cricket in India –
One of the most accomplished players of the Bangladeshi squad, Mushfiqur Rahim has a 13-year experience of playing T20 cricket. He has played 81 T20Is for Bangladesh where he has scored 1,201 runs at an average of 19.68. Rahim bats in the lower order and he can also keep the wickets.
While serving the duty of the glovesman for Bangladesh, Rahim has grabbed 31 catches and executed 28 stumpings in T20I cricket. Hence, he can turn out to be a valuable asset for multiple IPL teams. The Bogra-born player has played T20 cricket for Karachi Kings, Rajshahi Kings, Sylhet Superstars and the Chittagong Vikings.
Since he has a good amount of experience and possesses the talent as well, Rahim could receive a bid from Royal Challengers Bangalore who need a good finisher in the lower order.
Liton Das had come into the limelight when he hit a 87-ball hundred against India in Asia Cup 2018. The Bangladeshi opener has the ability to hit boundaries at regular intervals. He has played 22 T20Is for Bangladesh where he has amassed 452 runs and his highest score is 61. Just like Mushfiqur Rahim, Das can keep the wickets as well.
The 25-year-old batsman has hit 2 half-centuries in T20I cricket besides slamming 37 fours and 22 sixes. The right-handed batsman has played T20 cricket for Dhaka Gladiators, Sylhet Sixers and Jamaica Tallawahs. Last year, he had scored a double hundred in a first-class match while playing for Rangpur.
Thus, if the fiery opener showcases his skills against India in the forthcoming series, he can earn an IPL contract from Chennai Super Kings in the 2020 auction.
The stand-in skipper of the Bangladeshi T20I team, Mahmudullah has been performing consistently in white-ball cricket since the last few years. He had made the headlines during the 2015 World Cup where he became the first Bangladeshi batsman to hit a hundred in the history of the mega event.
His heroics had taken Bangladesh to the quarter-finals of the tournament. The right-handed batsman has represented Bangladesh in 80 T20Is, aggregating 1,377 runs at a strike rate of 122.07. He had played a memorable knock of 62 runs against Zimbabwe in the recently concluded T20I tri-series which even included Afghanistan.
Mahmudullah has played T20 cricket for Jamaica Tallawahs, Khulna Titans, Quetta Gladiators and St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. With his right-arm off-spin, the 33-year-old can prove to be a worthy all-rounder for teams like Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020.
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