Former Indian cricketer, commentator and cricket writer Sanjay Manjrekar recently has termed Bangladesh as the second best side after India for the upcoming Nidahas Trophy.
He explained various prospects of Tiger cricket in a column he wrote for Times Of India.
“The Nidahas trophy gives Bangladesh another chance to show its wares to the biggest cricket viewership in the world – India. As the years have gone by, Bangladesh has slowly become a stronger force, this has a lot to do with the improving physical strength and fitness and of course self-confidence of their players,” he said in the column at Times of India.
“It still has a long way to go to make a mark overseas, but then India too was no different in this regard. I see Bangladesh as the second strongest team in this triangular and in Shakib and Mustafizur, they have two world-class players and game changers and they aren’t the only ones, even Tamim Iqbal when in full flow can be quite special.”
Manjrekar was also impressed at the popularity of cricket in Bangladesh.
“The rise of Bangladesh is such great news. Cricket is an extremely popular sport there, more popular than it is in India actually. Like it was in India a few years back, Bangladesh is currently a one-sport country. Bangladeshi players are big stars in their home land. You see big billboards of them endorsing various products in Dhaka.
“This phenomenon inspires and brings young talent into the game like no sophisticated academy can. Because it’s largely a poor country, millions of simple, young kids will take up cricket as a serious profession, just so that they can become famous and rich like their idols Shakib and Mustafizur,” he further added.
The Nidahas Trophy 2018 begins on March 6 to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th independence.