Rohit Reshammiya Hashmi
Bangladesh may have their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 outing all over after facing a defeat against India in the semifinal. But the biggest achievement of qualifying to the semifinal round of a major ICC tournament by the new-age Tigers brigade under skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, has left words of praise & ovations all around.
Notable Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said, ”Bangladesh deserves to feel proud of themselves for getting this far in the tournament. Despite the rain playing spoilsport for Australia, they finished second in a group that had hosts England as well as New Zealand.”
”Bangladesh’s win against New Zealand was terrific. The situation from where they dealt off was indeed mind-blowing, which is what made us love the result even more. They just got beaten by the better side in the semifinal. It’s good to see them improving with every passing tournament and giving the big guns a run for their money. Bangladesh might just turn out to be a superb force to reckon within future tournaments. You never know!” assimilated The Turbanator.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara rejoiced at the Tigers’ roar. ”In the last few years, aided by the shrewd coaching of Chandika Hathurusingha, a supportive board and a clutch of quality senior players led by Shakib Al Hasan, they have made huge progress. It has now reached the knockout 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,” said Sangakkara.
He continued, ”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.”
”Bangladesh certainly should feel proud of their achievements, but they will have to find more variety and bite in their bowling if they are to return to England in pursuit of a World Cup, ” concluded Sangakkara.
On the other side, Dennis Amiss, an English stalwart and a member of the elite 100 first-class centuries’ club, expressed his pretty feel on Bangladesh’s making into the semifinal of a global competition for the first time, which doesn’t make them return home being empty handed. ”The Bangla Tigers have played marvelous cricket… International Cricket Council’s investment in the 1990s is paying off with their getting of better and better,” quipped Dennis Amiss.