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Dhaka Tribune

Veteran Indian sports journalist Gautam praises Bangladesh

Update : 16 Mar 2015, 07:22 PM

Neither of the supporters from both Bangladesh and India are in a mood to miss out on any chances to critisise their opponents ahead of the World Cup quarter-final clash on March 19. The journalists, who are now in Melbourne to cover the important match from both the countries, however, share a sporting relationship among each other.

The biggest contingent of journalists at this World Cup is undoubtedly from India with over forty members tailing the defend- ing champions throughout, but it was surprising to see a group of them gather with great curiosity at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) yesterday to cover the training session of their quarter-final opponent Bangladesh.

They were eager to chalk out how Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Mahmudullah trained as they monitored each and every activity of the Tigers.

And in the eye of one of the most popular and veteran Indian cricket reporter Gautam Bhattacharya, Bangladesh are a team to be worried about.

Gautam, the sports editor of Ananda Bazar Patrika in Kolkata, India, praised the Bangladesh team which was pleasing to the ears because the foreign journalists often choose to term Bangladesh as “minnows.”

“The 2007 World Cup in West Indies saw a spirited Bangladesh team who went to the second round. But this time you can’t call it only the spirit, its the professionalism from the Bangladeshi cricketers that actually brought them to this place,” said Gautam.

He went on to add that the way Bangladeshi cricketers handled the pressure at the crucial moments in this tournament shows the growing maturity of this side.

When he shed light on Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain, I was certain that at least he has been following the Tigers performance. “What Mahmudullah has done in this tournament is something extraordinary along with your fast bowler Rubel who has also impressed so far. I think even if Bangladesh do not manage to reach the semi-final, this momentum will take Bangladesh cricket a long way in the coming days,” he said.

Gautam is a book writer while he has also received several awards for his contribution in sports in the West Bengal.

He is not surprised to see the excitement growing among the rival fans but at the same time opined that there should be a limit when it comes to disrespecting a nation centering a cricket match. 

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