The young teams including Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Netherlands are finding ‘joy’ in the way of many teams who are likely to win the cup despite not winning the World Cup. This time too, they are reaching the World Cup with the hope of defeating the big teams.
ICC Ranking: 9
Captain: Hashmatullah Shahidi
Best performance: Group stage in 2015 and 2019
Going into the third ODI World Cup, Afghanistan’s first objective is to win more than one match. They have managed to win only one of the 15 World Cup matches they have played so far. The strength of the team is Twenty20 specialists like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rehman and Noor Ahmed. The performance of the Rashid-Mujeeb-Noor spin trio will be crucial on the Indian pitches. But the lack of a specialist batsman to lead the batting line from the front is the weakness of the team.
ICC Ranking: 8
Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
Best performance: Quarter-finals in 2015
Bangladesh, who are known for their upset victories, have not been able to achieve much in the ODI World Cup so far. Apart from reaching the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, they have yet to make it past the group stage of any World Cup tournament. The strength of Bangladesh is young players like Mehdi Hasan Miraz, Mahdi Hasan, Tauhid Hridoy and Litan Das. Despite having an improved pace line-up, the lack of specialist spinners is a headache for the team.
ODI Ranking: 14
Captain: Scott Edwards
Best Performance: 1996, 2003, 2007, 2011 Group Stage
The Dutch team, who had to sit out as spectators in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, got the ticket for the ODI World Cup by playing the qualifier this time. The Netherlands team enters the World Cup without a claim. Therefore, it is the desire of the Dutch team to win more than one match and return with confidence. Captain Scott Edwards, Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede and Vikram Singh are the leading batsmen of the Netherlands.
English Summary: ICC ODI World Cup Team Analysis: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Netherlands
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