Bangladesh's victory not surprising : Gavaskar

19 June,2015

RTNN News Desk: Indian former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has said Bangladesh’s victory against India was ‘not surprising,’ rather it was a reflection of their continuous improvement in terms of performance.

He came up with the remarks while speaking at an NDTV programme following Bangladesh’s 79-run win against visiting India in the first match of the three-match ODI series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Thursday.

The former cricket star also mentioned that Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) should be credited for Bangla Tigers' ODI upsurge, according to NDTV Sports.
“Bangladesh have improved because of the Bangladesh Premier League.

The interactions with overseas players have helped the young Bangladeshis to hone their skills and become more confident,” he said.

"Over the last couple of years, Bangladesh have improved a lot", said

Gavaskar to NDTV, "It is not a surprise that they won the first ODI against India."

When asked about whether this win was retribution for the World Cup defeat, Gavaskar said, " May be for the fans, but the players certainly don't think that way."

After losing the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals to India, the Bangladeshi fans created a furore about a few dodgy umpiring decisions that went India's way.

"Umpiring decisions can go wrong at the time", said the ex-India opening batsmen, "It's not a big deal and definitely shouldn't be an excuse. Even during the Pakistan series, a few decisions went Bangladesh's way."

Gavaskar may have refused to pay heed to the umpiring flaws but he agreed that there's a needle between the two teams since that game.

"Of course there's and extra-edge in the encounters between these two teams," said Gavaskar, "It's because the players are on level terms.

At Test level, Bangladesh is not as confident but in ODIs they refuse to give an inch."

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