Bangladesh cricket have shown a great deal of improvement in terms of overall quality in recent years. They used to be a team that performed well in fragments but lacked stability while locking horns with tough opponents. However, as the years progressed, there has been a drastic change in terms of the players’ standards. Nowadays, they seem to operate at a higher level against any team.
Moreover, they are one of the nations that have passionate fans who have been supporting them through thick and thin. The fans must be really happy and contended with the way the sport is developing to a great extent from the grassroots level to the international level. Overall, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also deserve every bit of credit for the way they handled things well.
It is worth mentioning that the national cricket team made giant strides, both in terms of their performance and the development of their players. Bangladesh cricket team have produced some top-quality fast bowlers in their history. Now in this listicle, let’s take a glimpse at the top five Bangladeshi fast bowlers who carved out a niche for themselves in international cricket.
5. Tapash Baisya
Tapash Baisya is a former Bangladeshi international cricketer who delivered goods with the ball and bat during the playing days of his career. He represented the national cricket team in 56 ODIs and 21 Tests.
He accounted for 59 dismissals in the 50-over format whereas he took 36 wickets in the longest format of the game. Tapash maintained an economy of 5.64 in ODIs including 2 four-wicket hauls. He has one four-wicket haul in red-ball cricket.
Besides that, he was also a handy tail-ender in the longest format of the game. He scored 384 runs in 21 Tests including two half-centuries, registering his personal best score of 66. On the other hand, he scored 336 runs in ODIs, registering his personal best score of 35*.
4. Shahadat Hossain
Shahadat Hossain is one of the fastest pacers of the Bangladesh national cricket team. He did make a good impression with his raw pace. The Dhaka-born cricketer was slapped with a five-year ban from cricket, after assaulting a teammate in November 2019.
During the playing days, he struggled to produce a spark with the ball and came under fire for leaking too many runs. However, he tried his maximum best to overcome the setbacks by bowling some fruitful spells when it mattered the most.
The right-arm fast bowler played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and 6 T20Is so far. The veteran cricketer took 72 wickets in Tests, 47 wickets in ODIs and 4 wickets in T20Is. In 2006, he became the first Bangladeshi to take a hat-trick in an ODI match against Zimbabwe.
3. Rubel Hossain
Rubel Hossain is one of the top Bangladeshi fast bowlers who is capable of making crucial breakthroughs for the team when it matters the most. The right-arm fast bowler has delivered many impactful bowling spells for the team across formats.
He is nicknamed ‘Bangaldesh’s Malinga’ owing to a slingy bowling action, which is quite similar to that of Lasith Malinga. The 33-year-old has represented the Bangladesh cricket team in 27 Tests, 104 ODIs and 28 T20Is so far.
He has accounted for 36 dismissals in Tests including a fifer. On the other hand, he took 129 wickets in One Day Internationals including 7 four-wicket hauls and one fifer whereas he took 28 wickets in 28 Twenty20 Internationals.
2. Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman is one of the best fast bowlers Bangladesh Cricket has ever produced. The left-arm paceman has a truckload of potential in him and which is the reason why he was able to carve out a reputation for himself as one of the most successful bowlers of this era.
Notably, he clinched the Emerging Player Award in his first T20 World Cup tournament in 2016 after bagging nine wickets in only three matches including a five-wicket-haul against New Zealand (5/22). In fact, it is the best bowling figure for a losing side.
Mustafizur Rahman who is regarded as one of the top-tier pacers in the present era has represented the Bangladesh cricket team in 15 Tests, 87 ODIs and 83 T20Is. He took 31 wickets in Tests, 146 wickets in ODIs and 100 wickets in T20Is.
1. Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza is widely recognized as one of the greatest Bangladeshi cricketers. He delivered the goods with the ball and bat and thus, he made a real case for himself as one of the most productive cricketers across all three formats of the game.
The former Bangladeshi skipper represented the national cricket team in 36 Tests, 220 ODIs and 54 T20Is. He took 78 wickets in the longest format of the game, 270 wickets in One Day Internationals and 42 wickets in Twenty20 Internationals.
Notably, he has taken one fifer in the 50-over format. Apart from showcasing his prowess as a bowler, he was a pinch-hitter for the team in the lower order. He scored 3 fifties in Tests and a solitary fifty in ODIs. He hit 22 sixes in Tests, 62 sixes in ODIs and 23 sixes in T20Is.