DHAKA, Tiger's hopes rest on the senior five players of Bangladesh-Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad and Tamim Iqbal-popularly dubbed as 'Big Five' or 'Fab Five' as the ICC Cricket World Cup knocks at the door.
When people have high hopes on them, they are also on the verge of some milestone that they could reach in this World Cup.
200 ODIs beckons Shakib, Tamim
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mushfiqur Rahim had already crossed the milestone of 200 ODIs for Bangladesh. Now it's the turn of the team's two other stalwarts-Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. As Bangladesh would get nine matches in this tournament, both of are confirmed to play their 200 matches unless injury or other unwanted things disrupt them. Having made his debut in 2006, ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had already played 198 matches. Tamim Iqbal made his debut in 2007 and till now played 193 matches.
100 wickets of Mashrafe as captain
Already considered as the best captain of the country has ever seen, Mashrafe has stood on the brink of claiming 100 wickets as captain. He is now just shy of three wickets to claim the rare record, which belonged to just three captains till date-Pakistan's Imran Khan, Wasim Khan and South Africa's Shaun Pollock.
Mashrafe till now leads the side in 77 matches and snapped up 97 wickets. In the upcoming World Cup it is almost sure that he would be the fourth in the list alongside those three legends.
Shakib on the verge of 5000 runs and 25o wickets
To break the record and set the record is quite normal for him. Shakib Al Hasan who just reclaimed the No. 1 all-rounder spot would go to this World Cup as No. 1 all-rounder. This is the third straight World Cup in which he is entering as No.1 all-rounder and no player so far could achieve this feat.
Shakib has the chance to make this World Cup more memorable. He has already scored 5000 runs in ODI cricket and one more wickets would take his tally to 250 wickets, making him the fastest player to reach the double, eclipsing Pakistan's Abdul Razzak. In just 198 matches, Shakib took 249 wickets and scored 5717 runs while Razzak earned this double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets in 259 matches.
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, South Africa's Jacques Kallis and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya are the only three all-rounders with the double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODI cricket.
6000 runs wait for Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan again hogged the headlines as he would start this World Cup with 5717 runs which means he needs just 283 runs to reach 6000-run landmark. It's such a feat that only Tamim Iqbal achieved for Bangladesh, who with the help of 11 centuries and 46 half-centuries scored 6636 runs for Bangladesh till now.
As Shakib would get nine matches, there is a good possibility that he could make necessary 283 runs to join Tamim Iqbal in 6000-run club. Shakib scored 196 runs in six matches in the last World Cup in Australia-New Zealand.
Tamim's 50 of half-century
After the 2015 World Cup, the world has seen a different Tamim who bracketed him with the top batsmen of the planet with his sheer consistency. Tamim averaged 57 after the 2015 World Cup, which placed him in the seventh in order. The consistency with which he is batting now, it is not believable that he won't hit four more half-century in nine matches in this World Cup.
If he strikes four more half-centuries, he will touch the landmark of half-century of 50 as the first Bangladeshi batsman. He currently has 46 half-centuries under his belt.
4000-run beckons Mahmudullah Riyad
Mahmudullah Riyad is the only Bangladesh batsman who struck century in World Cup. Not just one, he hit two centuries in two consecutive matches. He made 365 runs in 2015 World Cup at a stunning average of 73. He would start this World Cup with 3757 runs, which meant he needs 243 runs to reach 4000 runs club. And one hopes that he would do so duly because his bat always laughs at the ICC tournament.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)