Win against New Zealand, best in ODIs by Bangladesh, says Harsha Bhogle
Bangladesh qualified for the semi-finals thanks to their win against the Kiwis
Updated - Jun 13, 2017 2:44 pm
One of the most renowned cricket commentator and analyst, Harsha Bhogle, rates the win against Bangladesh as one of the best ever in the history of Bangladesh, overhauling their wins against the world-beating Australian team and England in 2015. Bhogle also believes that BCB should take care of Mahmudullah and utilise him to his potential.
Ahead of the Champions Trophy, England and Australia started off as favourites to qualify for the two semifinal spots in Group A. As it turned out, it was Bangladesh who qualified, overtaking quality sides such as Australia and New Zealand, who are ranked above them in MRF ICC ODI Rankings.
Bangladesh was in no position to chase down the total set by New Zealand, after being reduced to 33-4. It was then Shakib AL Hasan and Mahmudullah stitched a historical partnership, which helped them beat the mighty Kiwis. England too was clinical against the Australians and the next thing we know is India playing Bangladesh in the second semi-finals in Edgbaston.
“I know people will say the Adelaide match is Bangladesh’s best ever. And also we know Bangladesh beat Australia in Cardiff back in 2005. Mohammad Ashraful got runs that day, and it was also quite a memorable one. But still, I believe this victory over New Zealand will also go down as one of the greatest ever,” said Harsha Bhogle according to bdcrictime.
BCB should take care of Mahmudullah: Bhogle
He then advised that Bangladesh should take proper care of Mahmudullah, who has had a knack of going the extra-mile when it comes to ICC events. He has already scored three match-defining centuries in the ICC events which knocked out England and New Zealand.
“Yet another century for Mahmudullah in ICC events. I don’t know what happens to him when he comes to play on big stages. But all I can say, he is a big asset for Bangladesh cricket. He can be a genuine specialist batsman at number four or five. Bangladesh should take proper care of this man,” concluded Bhogle.