Bangladesh had a realistic chance of whitewashing Sri Lanka after winning the first two matches of the series. However, Bangladesh were completely outplayed by a confident and exuberant Lankan side in the third ODI, losing by 97 runs to the visitors. Bangladesh's overall performance were unsatisfactory despite winning the ODI series against Sri Lanka for the first time. There is still a lack of confidence, especially among the younger generation. Bangladesh would not be able to compete effectively on the international stage if the rising cricketers do not remain consistent. Bangladesh player ratings of the ODI series are discussed in this article.
Performance ratings of Bangladesh players in the ODI series
After the end of the BAN-SL ODI series, we compiled ratings for all the participating players of Bangladesh, which is mentioned below.
Tamim Iqbal (7/10)
M: 3 | Runs: 82 | Ave: 27.33 | HS: 52 | 100s: 0
Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladeshi batsman to reach 12,000 international runs after scoring a half-century in the first match of the series. But batsman Tamim was lackluster in the remaining two matches of the series. However, he deserves praise for winning the series against Sri Lanka as captain.
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Liton Das (1/10)
M: 2 | Runs: 25 | Ave: 12.50 | HS: 25 | 100s: 0
Liton Das is having a tough time with the bat right now. He has been unable to score runs since the Windies series in January of this year. Liton only managed to score 25 runs in this series. Eventually, he was dropped and Mohammad Naim replaced Liton in the opening slot for the third ODI.
Mohammad Naim (1/10)
M: 1 | Runs: 1 | Ave: 1.00 | HS: 1 | 100s: 0
Mohammad Naim was unable to take advantage of his inclusion in the playing XI. Like other youngsters, Naim also struggled with the bat and was out after just scoring one run.
Shakib Al Hasan (4/10)
M: 3 | Runs: 19 | Ave: 6.33 | HS: 15 | 100s: 0 | Wickets: 3 | Econ: 4.48 | BBI: 2/38 | 5W: 0
Bangladesh team had high expectations from Shakib prior to the series. But this series did not go well for the world's best all-rounder. Shakib failed with the bat and got only three wickets in the contest.
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Mushfiqur Rahim (9/10)
M: 3 | Runs: 238 | Ave: 79.00 | HS: 125 | 100s: 1
Veteran Mushfiqur Rahim was the main contributor behind Bangladesh's series win. Bangladesh won the series because of his two brilliant innings, and he was named the best player of the series. Mushfiqur scored the only century for Bangladesh in the series.
Mahmudullah Riyad (7/10)
M: 3 | Runs: 148 | Ave: 49.33 | HS: 54 | 100s: 0
Mahmudullah Riyad also played a key role in Bangladesh's series triumph. The Riyad-Mushfiqur pair helped Bangladesh put up challenging totals in the first two matches. Riyad scored a total of 148 runs in the series.
Mohammad Mithun (1/10)
M: 1 | Runs: 0 | Ave: 0 | HS: 0 | 100s: 0
Like Liton, middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun has been going through a bad patch with the bat. He was dropped because of his failure in the first match of the series.
Read: 3rd ODI: Perera guides Sri Lanka to 286 against Bangladesh
Mosaddek Hossain (3/10)
M: 2 | Runs: 61 | Ave: 30.50 | HS: 51 | 100s: 0
Mosaddek Hossain was included in the playing XI in place of Mohammad Mithun for the second and third ODIs. Mosaddek scored a half-century in the last match of the series. However, his performance did not assist Bangladesh to win the match.
Afif Hossain (6/10)
M: 3 | Runs: 53 | Ave: 26.50 | HS: 27* | 100s: 0
Young Afif Hossain did not get an opportunity to showcase his potential as he batted in the lower middle order. However, Afif played a crucial part in Bangladesh's victory in the opening match by scoring 27 runs.
Mohammad Saifuddin (6/10)
M: 2 | Wickets: 2 | Econ: 4.90 | BBI: 2/49 | 5W: 0 | Runs: 24 | Ave: 24.00 | HS: 13* | 100s: 0
Talented bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin was unable to play the third ODI due to injury. He made a decent contribution to Bangladesh in the series. In the first two matches, he scored 24 runs and took two wickets.
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Mehidy Hasan Miraz (8/10)
M: 3 | Wickets: 7 | Econ: 3.53 | BBI: 4/30 | 5W: 0
Mehidy Hasan Miraj became Bangladesh's most successful bowler in the series with seven wickets in three matches and climbing to the second position in the ICC's ODI bowling rankings. However, Miraj struggled in the last match of the series.
Taskin Ahmed (6/10)
M: 3 | Wickets: 4 | Econ: 5.19 | BBI: 4/46 | 5W: 0
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed had gone wicketless in the first two matches but took four wickets in the last game. Taskin has shown a lot of promise since his return to international cricket in January, which is great news for Bangladesh.
Mustafizur Rahman (7/10)
M: 3 | Wickets: 6 | Econ: 3.88 | BBI: 3/16 | 5W: 0
Cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman was the second-highest wicket-taker of Bangladesh in this series. With six wickets in three matches, Mustafiz played an important role in Bangladesh's series victory.
Shoriful Islam (2/10)
M: 2 | Wickets: 2 | Econ: 6.14 | BBI: 1/30 | 5W: 0
Young left-arm bowler Shoriful Islam claimed two wickets in two matches for Bangladesh in the series. As a newcomer, his performance was not bad.
Bangladesh player ratings for the ODI series show that with the exception of a few, Bangladeshi players do not have high ratings and that's a major concern in the long run. Because the younger generation must be more conscious of their position within the team if Bangladesh wants to consistently perform well in the international arena. Every player who is given a chance must maintain stability in order to secure his position in the team. Only then Bangladesh will be able to improve its position in the international arena.
Source: United News of Bangladesh