What an unforgettable year it has been in ODI cricket for our beloved Bangladesh cricket team! Over this period of 12 months, Tigers have made tremendous strides towards their goal of a world-beating team in fifty-over cricket. They made history, shattered records and lifted the spirits of Bangladeshis at home and abroad.
By the time 2015-season came to an end with the 3-0 ODI sweep over the hapless Zimbabweans at Mirpur stadium on November 11, Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza became the second-best performing side in ODI cricket, only behind Australia with 15 wins in 19 matches (78.9%).
After a quarter-final appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup down under, Bangladesh came back and stunned the cricketing world by sweeping Pakistan in a 3-match series at home quite easily. It was the first series win over Pakistan. India came to town after Pakistan and found the going extremely tough with the young Mustafizur Rahman’s slower balls and off-cutters. Tigers defeated their neighbours in an ODI series for the first time as well.
Before the euphoria of the India series win died down, South Africa came to Bangladesh for a short tour. The Proteas were beaten for the first time in a series too, after the Tigers came back from a game down with their backs to the wall!
Let’s cherish the triumphant moments of our Tigers in 2015.