Bangladesh a better side than South Africa now: Whatmore

Former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore feels Bangladesh is a better team than South Africa now and give a tough challenge to India at their home.

There was absolute domination from the men in blue at home against South Africa in the three-match Test series. Ar charged-up India will be taking on struggling Bangladesh in two-match Test series and also three T20Is. And, former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore believes his former side will give a better fight than South Africa.

“The series will be an interesting one. Bangladesh are at the moment a better side than South Africa. Their players have been in a lot of T20 leagues. That will come in handy for them. Plus, they have always been a dangerous side. They can upset calculations on a given day. So, no dull moments,” he said.

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Whatmore was also impressed with the way Shakib Al Hasan performed in the World Cup and feels a series against India will force him to give his best.

“Shakib is a complete all-rounder now. He was in good form in the World Cup. I am sure that a series against a top team like India will make him give his best.”

Bangladesh’s main weapon in the pace attack Mustafizur Rahman has been in disappointing form lately, but the former coach thinks the experienced pace bowler will get help from the wickets in India.

“He is a top-class bowler. The wickets could help him bowl quick. He will be key for Bangladesh’s success. Some Indian batsmen have struggled against left-arm seamers. If Mustafizur gets his lengths right and is consistent, he could be among wickets,” Whatmore concluded.

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