Former India captain and current national coach of the India Under-19 Rahul Dravid said he was impressed with the way the national team of Bangladesh progressed in the last couple of years.
Speaking to reporters before the first semifinal of the Under-19 World Cup CPI, to be played between Sri Lanka and India, Dravid said the next target for Bangladesh would do well out of your own home.
“Bangladesh has had a phenomenal last couple of years, especially playing at home and in the shortest format of the game. They are a force to be reckoned with. In the last couple of years have been absolutely outstanding.
“This has coincided with the fact that Shakib [Al Hasan], Mushfiqur [Rahim] and [Mashrafe Bin] Mortaza are now much higher. They are really the stars on the international scene as well,” Dravid said.
Many believe that 2015 was the most successful year Bangladesh cricket. They beat teams like Pakistan, India and South Africa at home and also made it through the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The other important aspect was the addition of the squad Mustafizur Rahman. The pacemaker left arm has been creating waves around the world since its debut.
While Dravid has not seen enough of Mustafizur he believes there are plenty of talented players in the pipeline for Bangladesh.
“I have not seen enough to comment, but people say good things about Mustafizur. I saw one or two children in the Bangladesh A team in India. Some nice talents Mahmudullah [Riyad] has done well.
“The results tell me that the graph goes up, especially at home. I think his next challenge is to replicate these actions abroad to Bangladesh cricket,” he said.
Dravid India will face Sri Lanka at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium today-in the first semifinal.