Ahead of their blockbuster semifinal clash against Bangladesh, India skipper Virat Kohli said they are treating the Tigers as a dangerous opponent, and that Bangladesh’s success no more seems surprising to him. [বাংলায় পড়ুন: বাংলাদেশের সাফল্যে অবাক নন কোহলি]
“It’s no surprise anymore to anyone that they (Bangladesh) are doing really well, and they’ve really improved their cricket. It’s a credit to their set-up and they have players now who are taking more responsibility. They are a very dangerous side on their day, and everyone realises that. You know, no one takes any opposition for granted, and Bangladesh have taken huge strides,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Recognizing Bangladesh’s recent rally of success in past two years specially since the 2015 World Cup, Kohli said, “They themselves say in the last couple years…in the World Cup 2015, they were really, really good. Yeah, you can never take any opposition for granted. I would say credit goes to them for doing what they are doing with their cricket over the last couple of years.
“As I said, I mean, they are in the top eight sides in the world, so obviously they are playing really good cricket and they are doing a lot of things right to be in that position. And as I said, they have cricketers who are skilled and committed to play for Bangladesh. They play with a lot of passion, and they’re really keen to win a lot of games at this level, and that shows in their attitude.
“And even the other day I thought they were outstanding the way they applied themselves and chased the total down (against New Zealand). They showed a lot of composure and patience, and that is always a sign of a side that is mature now and knows how to win matches from difficult situations. So yeah, they are a very competitive side,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com