Sri Lankan legendary keeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who recently retired from international crickets, admires Bangladesh cricket team for their performance in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.
“India moved one step closer to retaining its ICC Champions Trophy crown with an utterly convincing and clinical display against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.”
“It was a brilliant display in Birmingham, a perfect venue for this Asian derby, with outstanding performances from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.”
“The win sets up the final that the organisers dreamed off, but few predicted. Three Asian teams in the semi-finals was not expected and an India versus Pakistan final seemed highly unlikely when it all started.”
“But during the past couple of weeks, the Asian teams have adapted better to the conditions and risen to the occasion, showing real fighting qualities and character.”
“In this game, Bangladesh was ultimately outplayed in all departments, but they can return to Dhaka for the next series with Australia with their heads held high.”
“In the last few years, aided by the shrewd coaching of Chandika Hathurusingha, a supportive cricket board and a clutch of quality senior players led by Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza, they have made huge progress.”
“Bangladesh have now reached the knock-out stages in the last two major ICC events and can start planning for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with real hope of being a contender.”
“Bangladesh have proven to be resilient and strong.Having survived against Australia because of rain, their courageous approach against New Zealand was reminiscent of the 1996 World Cup-winning Sri Lanka team: minnows on the cusp of metamorphosing into heroes.”
“The battle against India was always going to be a very tough for Bangladesh. The Indian bowling has looked strong and varied, its batsmen in prolific form and, most surprising of all, their fielding unit has been the best in this tournament.”
“Bangladesh can be proud of its achievements, but it will have to find more variety and bite in its bowling if it is to return to England in pursuit of a World Cup.
It has a great core around which to build a team that can have sustained success, both at home and abroad and there are exciting times ahead.”
“The stage is now set for the biggest battle that can be imagined in cricket: India versus Pakistan.” —Icc-cricket.com