Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha believes that 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand was the biggest turning point for Bangladesh. He feels that belief is the biggest thing in Bangladesh’s recent successes. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “বিশ্বাসটাই সবচেয়ে বড় জিনিস”]
Bangladesh beat England by 15 runs in Adelaide to seal quarter-finals berth for the first time in World Cups. Hathurusingha said that self-belief was the biggest challenge Tigers had.
“The World Cup was a big turning point for us. We knew we had enough skill in the team. And we knew we had the right combination of youth and experience.
“But getting to the quarter-finals and beating England was big. Having that self-belief was the biggest challenge we had. Belief comes from playing against big teams. Belief is the biggest thing,” he said.
From 2015 World Cup quarter-finals to 2017 Champions Trophy semi-finals, Bangladesh have moved another step forward. The head coach said that it’s a long journey for Bangladesh to be in the semis.
“The biggest hurdle for us was playing away from home. If you don’t play away from home with big teams you don’t know where you’re at. If you look at our history, whenever we’ve played against any team a few times, we close the gap.
“After that World Cup we focused on our home series. We set a target that we wanted to do well at home. Then in the last year, we set our target to do well overseas – Test and ODIs – so this is a journey and coming to the semi-final is a big step forward for us,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com