Mohammad Saifuddin, Bangladesh all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Saifuddin, a genuine seam bowling all-rounder for Tigers

Before featuring in that U-19 World Cup, Saifuddin had already made his First-Class debut. Meanwhile, after the U-19s, his form dipped a bit. There were questions surrounding his fitness. Also, his bowling action was under the scanner.

Sandipan Banerjee, May 02, 2019 20:24:13 IST

Mohammad Saifuddin is a genuine seam bowling all-rounder, who can prove to be a more than handy option for the think-tank during Bangladesh’s campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Much like India's Hardik Pandya, Saifuddin is a powerful hitter down the order, which increases his value in this important campaign. As a bowler, he is much disciplined and can test the batsmen with his pace and accuracy on helpful conditions, which he is expected to get in the United Kingdom.

Saifuddin first burst onto the scene three years back when he played a crucial role for the Bangladesh U-19s in the 2016 Youth World Cup. His team won five out of the six matches and finished third in the competition and with 13 scalps; he was Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker. And since then the Bangladesh Cricket Board has started grooming this youngster, perhaps keeping this 2019 edition of the World Cup in mind.

Bangladesh's Mohammad Saifuddin bowls during the second one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on February 16, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Bangladesh's Mohammad Saifuddin. AFP

Before featuring in that U-19 World Cup, Saifuddin had already made his First-Class debut. Meanwhile, after the U-19s, his form dipped a bit. There were questions surrounding his fitness. Also, his bowling action was under the scanner.

It took a year or so for Saifuddin to get things sorted. He eventually graduated to the international level and made his T20 international debut against Sri Lanka in April 2017. Later that year, Saifuddin earned his maiden ODI call-up in South Africa. And soon, he started to show his all-round talent with both bat and ball at the highest level.

In Bangladesh's World Cup team, Saifuddin adds a different dimension. On English conditions, he has to be one of Bangladesh's first-choice options the playing XI. Basically, it will be a toss-up between him and a spin-bowling all-rounder like Mosaddek Hossain or Mehidy Hasan.

However, in venues like Nottingham, Lords and Cardiff, where the fast bowlers tend to get some lateral movement from the surface, having an extra medium pace option seems like a more suitable option for Bangladesh. A lot will now depend on his performances in the tri-series in the Ireland as well as during two warm-up games against Pakistan and India prior to the World Cup.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 13:45:39 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254