India are ranked 2nd and Bangladesh 9th, a whole seven places gap between both the team but Sunil Gavaskar has advised the defending champions’ skipper and his men against taking the Tigers lightly in their World Cup quarter-finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19.
Bangladesh are hugely spirited and boosted with confidence as they grabbed a quarter-final spot following a dramatic victory over England and recently, came close to defeating New Zealand in Hamilton. New Zealand were tested in both batting and bowling for the first time in the tournament.
However, they clinched a 3-wicket win finally to retain their unbeaten stature at the World Cup. India eyes for their 6th straight win in World Cup 2015, as they take on Zimbabwe in Auckland on Saturday. The former Indian Captain, Sunil Gavaskar feels that India’s quarter final clash won’t be easy for them and it is better for India if they don’t take Bangladesh way too lightly as it might end up bringing despair to the Indian team.
The history speaks for Bangladesh as the tigers did manage to beat India in the 2007 ICC World Cup to knock India out of the World Cup in West Indies.
Bangladesh almost broke the unbeaten run of the New Zealand in their final Pool A match after they scored 288 runs, but Martin Guptill hit a fighting century to guide New Zealand to their sixth consecutive victory in the tournament.
Indian team has outplayed their opponents in the current edition of the World Cup so far with five straight wins in their five matches. Men in Blue have been exceptional in this World Cup, but India wouldn’t take Tigers lightly.
India has beaten the Proteas, one of the pre-tournament favorites at the MCG and is running high on confidence. However, Bangladesh fans are just eager to see their team defeat toppers of Pool B, when they meet in their quarter-final encounter on Thursday.