Just a few hours later the curtains will be raised on the World Cup 2019 when host England face South Africa in the opening match at Kennington Oval
The wait is over.
Just a few hours later the curtains will be raised on the World Cup 2019 when host England face South Africa in the opening match at Kennington Oval.
This edition of the World Cup has returned to the round robin stage format, ensuring the one and a half months long grand event will be a cracking contest.
Even with only a day left, London seems quite calm about the World Cup. Despite big banners hanging around the city, Londoners are not seen gossiping about cricket in public transport or restaurants.
Maybe the momentum will shift after the start of the tournament.
Perhaps it’s unfair to compare the cricket craze of the subcontinent people with that of the United Kingdom.
There are multiple contenders for the crown as every team are strong and have selected their best possible squad.
The @cricketworldcup 2019 got underway Wednesday with a short opening ceremony at the iconic Mall in front of the Buckingham Palace in London.https://t.co/0NfsC9QIqz#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESHCRICKET #CRICKET #BANGLADESH #CRICKETWORLDCUP #WORLDCUPCRICKET #ICC #THEMALL— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) May 29, 2019
To be honest, Bangladesh can qualify for the semi-final and even win this World Cup. Yes, you heard it right, Bangladesh can be the world champion. It might seem like a wild dream, but it’s certainly not impossible.
Bangladesh have made significant improvements in the last decade, particularly in the last five years. They have won nine series in the last four-five years which has raised the eyebrows of certain critics. It has proven that Bangladesh are not minnow anymore.
Although many of the series wins came on home soil, those helped the team to believe that as a group, this team can be unstoppable.
In this World Cup, Bangladesh need to perform well to justify the statement that they are emerging as a new powerhouse in Asian Cricket. The Tigers’ first target will be to reach the semi-final but that would be difficult, definitely.
They can achieve the feat if their performance is consistent, just like in the recently concluded tri-nation ODI series where Bangladesh were unbeaten champion.
Yes, the opponents were weaker in that tournament, but the way Bangladesh played in the field to win the trophy - that was pretty impressive.
With such consistent performances, Bangladesh can certainly hope for something glorious in this World Cup. And why not?
@BCBtigers head coach Steve Rhodes said all-rounder @Sah75official is raring to go for the @cricketworldcup as he has a point to prove.https://t.co/80aNjAJnYi#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #CRICKET #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHCRICKET #SHAKIBALHASAN #SHAKIB #SAH #STEVERHODES #RHODES #STEVE— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) May 28, 2019
Bangladesh have an exciting top-order, a dependable middle-order, quality spin attack, and experienced and useful seamers as well.
Bangladesh may have not any individual game changer who can win a match single-handedly from a losing position. Rather, they have a blend of experienced and young talents who can collectively win games for the Tigers on any given day.
To win matches, they always rely on collective effort rather than individual brilliance.
That’s exactly what will be needed all throughout the tournament to fulfill their first mission - reaching the semi-final.
The main pillars of Bangladesh cricket team - Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim - are playing their fourth World Cup and experienced campaigner Mahmudullah is playing his third.
The first five matches are important. If they can win two or three among the first five, they will pick up the momentum and expect something positive.
It will surely be a tough challenge ahead for the Tigers. They need to embrace it and play attacking and positive cricket.
Good luck Tigers! Fingers crossed for the World Cup.