Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond said on Sunday has praised Bangladesh, who are in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, and said in the last few years the sub-continent team has improved their game a lot. [ নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ যে কোনো কন্ডিশনে বাংলাদেশকে হারানো কঠিনঃ বন্ড]
On Friday, Bangladesh Cricket team rode on a record 224-run partnership between centurions Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad to beat New Zealand by five wickets and knock them out from the tournament. Like all Shane Bond also was impressed with the Tigers, “The way it finished off the game against New Zealand after having been 33 for four showed very good composure.”
He also praised the Sri Lankan coach of the Men in Red and Green, “Credit to Bangladesh, needless to say. Over the last four or five years, Bangladesh has been tough to beat at home, but it has kicked on under coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and is constantly improving.”
“There is a lot of good talent in the Bangladeshi ranks, and it will be delighted at having made the semi-final, at the fact particularly that now, it is able to compete and win away from home as well. It is proving to be a tough side to beat in all conditions, which is excellent news for world cricket,” he also added.
The 42-year-old also stressed that the Kiwis were too dependent on skipper Kane Williamson and veteran batsman Ross Taylor in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy and that was the reason for their unsatisfactory performance in the event.