Picking The All-Time Greatest Bangladesh Test XI

The Bangladesh all-time test XI includes the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.

Best Bangladesh Test Match 11

Bangladesh has played 119 test matches in their cricketing history. Previously, they did not receive many invitations to play stronger nations but this has changed over the last decade. The Bangladesh Test XI recently beat both Australia and England in a test match, a rare feat for the team.

They have won 14 of these games, with the majority of the wins coming against West Indies and Zimbabwe. They have also beaten Sri Lanka once. Bangladesh currently have a strong test team, especially in home conditions.

So, who makes it into Bangladesh’s all-time test match 11?

The Openers

Tamim Iqbal is Bangladesh's best opener in test match cricket.
Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during the third day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on February 9, 2020. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Tamim Iqbal

Probably among Bangladesh’s top three best batsmen in their cricketing history. Tamim Iqbal has scored the most runs by an opening batsman for the nation and at the highest average.

Tamim has scored 4405 runs at a batting average of 38.64. This includes 9 centuries and 27 half-centuries. He has scored two superb centuries in England and one in New Zealand.

Soumya Sarkar

It was a toss-up between Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes. The latter had more runs but the better batting average of Sarkar wins him the place. He has scored 818 runs at a batting average of 29.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are our openers in the “All-time Bangladesh Test XI.”

The Middle-Order

Habibul Bashar captained Bangladesh in the mid 2000s.
DHAKA, BANGLADESH – APRIL 09: Habibul Bashar of Bangladesh in action with Adam Gilchrist of Australia looking on during day one of the First Test between Bangladesh and Australia played at the Fatullah Ground on April 9, 2006 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Habibul Bashar

Habibul Bashar, the former Bangladesh batsman finds a spot at number three in this side. He has scored 3026 runs at a batting average 31. He also has three test centuries and 24 half-centuries.

Bashar was also a great captain and a very reliable batsman during his career.

Mominul Haque

2860 runs at a batting average of 41 is quite superb numbers. Mominul has the highest batting average by a Bangladesh batsman in test history (minimum 1000 runs). At the age of 29, he has already scored 9 centuries. He has an exceptional home record.

His test highlight included two centuries in one game against Sri Lanka at Chittagong in 2018.

Habibul Bashar and Mominul Haque are our middle-order batsmen in the “All-time Bangladesh Test XI.”

 

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The All-Rounders

Shakib Al Hasan is arguably the best all-rounder in the world.
MIRPUR, BANGLADESH – AUGUST 28: Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh celebrates taking the wicket of Matthew Renshaw of Australia during day two of the First Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Shere Bangla National Stadium on August 28, 2017 in Mirpur, Bangladesh. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Mamadullah

Despite going under the radar at times, Mamadullah has proven to be a very effective all-rounder, especially in home conditions. He averages nearly 40 with the bat at home and has taken 15 wickets.

Shakib Al Hasan

The greatest cricketer in Bangladesh history. Shakib Al Hasan has proven himself to be both the best batsman in the team, as well as the best bowler. He is without doubt the star player in this side.

Shakib’s ability and numbers rival the very best in the world. He is a flamboyant stroke-player but also a very solid batsman when the conditions dictate. Shakib averages nearly 40 with the bat in tests and 31 with the ball. He has scored nearly 4000 runs and taken over 200 wickets.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mamadullah are our all-rounders in the “All-time Bangladesh Test XI.”

The Wicketkeeper

Mushfiqur Rahim is Bangladesh's best ever wicketkeeper batsman.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim rises his bat after scoring a century (100 runs) during the third day of a Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 24, 2020. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Mushfiqur Rahim

A gritty, hard-fought wicket keeper batsman with the appetite for a fight, Mushfiqur Rahim has been simply superb for Bangladesh. He is very good behind the stumps, especially to the spinners.

As a batsman, he has scored runs all over the world. He has double centuries at home and in Sri Lanka. Plus, he has centuries in India, New Zealand and the West Indies.

Mushfiqur Rahim is is our wicketkeeper in the “All-time Bangladesh Test XI.”

 

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The Bowlers

Mehidy Hasan picked up 19 wickets vs England in 2016. As a result, he is part of the Bangladesh all-time test XI.
Bangladeshi bowler Mehidy Hasan (L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Aiden Markram (R) during the first day of the first Test Match between South Africa and Bangladesh on September 28, 2017 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP via Getty Images)

Taijul Islam

In 29 tests, Taijul Islam has picked up 114 wickets at a bowling average of 33. These are very good figures for a traditional left-arm orthodox bowler. He has taken five-wicket hauls against Pakistan, West Indies and Zimbabwe in test match cricket.

Mehidy Hasan

The reason behind Bangladesh’s historic test match win against England at Dhaka in 2016. The win helped the home side level the series 1-1. Mehidy picked up 12 wickets in that test match and 19 in the series overall.

Mashrafe Mortaza

Perhaps the best fast bowler that Bangladesh has produced. In 36 games, he has picked up 78 wickets. Mortatza is also a handy batsman and has scored three half-centuries in his test match career.

Mohammad Rafique

Described by Shakib Al Hasan as one of his favourite bowlers to watch, Mohammad Rafique has had a good career for Bangladesh in test cricket.

In 33 tests, he has picked up 100 wickets at a bowling average of 41. He had a very good test match against a dominant Australian team in 2006, in which he nearly helped Bangladesh win against all the odds. He picked up 9 wickets in that game.

Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammad Rafique are our bowlers in the “All-time Bangladesh Test XI.”

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