Bangladesh have the talent, but fail to live upto it nine times out of 10. They have an occasional moment of brilliance like a flash in the pan. Twelve defeats in 12 ODIs. That summed up 2014 for Bangladesh. They had to wait for Zimbabwe to win their first ODI of the year. The 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe however did little to assuage the skeptics who began predicting that the team was headed towards irrelevance especially after their loss to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.
Shakib Al Hasan. Pic/AFP
Today, they step out against Afghanistan to begin their World Cup campaign, winning only eight out of their 26 games since their debut in 1999. Apart from playing occasional party poopers, they have never quite turned up on the big stage despite sufficient opportunities against the bigger sides.
It's not as if they do not have the power to compete on the big stage. They have an aggressive opener in Tamim Iqbal, a potent all-rounder in Shakib Al Hasan, and stalwart Mushfiqur Rahim. What they lack is consistency. Their constant chopping and changing of their bowling attack combined with a blow hot-blow cold batting has let them down on most occasions.
Bangladeshi fans are extremely passionate about their cricket but their team has given them more reasons to grieve than to rejoice. This included an embarrassing display of batting in the 2011 World Cup when they were bowled out for 58 by West Indies in front of their fans at Dhaka.
Despite their abysmal track record, they have held onto their Test status since 2000. The ICC has surprisingly been lenient with them considering they have won only seven out of the 88 Tests they have played and lost a whopping 70! They need to be on their toes since the associate nations are dishing out inspiring performances at the ongoing World Cup. The time to turn the corner is now.