T20 World Cup 2024

Bangladesh can win World Cup and that's the beauty of this game, says Dale Steyn

CF Correspondent

CF Correspondent
Publish Date: 14:16 Tuesday, June 18, 2024


Bangladesh advanced to the Super 8 (second round) of the T20 World Cup, achieving their best performance in the tournament's history. They secured three victories against Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, and Nepal, along with a narrow defeat to South Africa in the group stage.

South Africa former pacer Dale Steyn said to Cricfrenzy on an exclusive interview, that Bangladesh have the chance to win the World Cup and that’s the beauty of the game, however, he personally doesn’t think this time Bangladesh are favorite for the silverware.

“There's a big chance they can, I personally don't think that they're gonna win. I have reserved that for one or two other teams. But there's always a chance that's the beauty of this game that if Bangladesh find themselves into a semifinal position, they two wins away from winning a World Cup with the pictures that we've seen. If they get lucky and they play in conditions that suit their bowlers, these fast bowlers are really good that used to be the spinners that you always thought about. Then the batters have to come to the party and then who knows” said Steyn to Cricfrenzy.

In the Super 8, Bangladesh is set to face formidable opponents India and Australia, as well as the surprising underdogs, Afghanistan. Steyn said Bangladesh batters are to not booming like his country South Africa but Tigers bowlers with their current form they can easily put pressure on big teams in Super eight.

“They certainly can (beat Super Eight oppositions), these conditions can dictate a lot and with Bangladesh, spinners that they've got, especially the legs spinner (Rishad Hossain) is tall, get some good bounce. The seamers are bowling really well. It comes down to the batting. I think they are playing a very similar brand of cricket that South Africa have got right now where South Africa's batting hasn't been particularly good, but the pictures have been tough for the batters, but the bowlers have really come to the front. And if that's kind of continues throughout this tournament, if they can maintain that, they can really put some teams under a lot of pressure” added Steyn, who is one of the commentators in this extravaganza.

Bangladesh's bowlers stepped up when their batters went missing as they defended the lowest total in men's T20 World Cup history by bowling out Nepal for 85 in Kingstown in their last group match.

Tanzim Hasan Sakib was the wrecker-in-chief with his astounding figures of 4-2-7-4 in this match, has been impressive throughout the tournament.

Steyn, who is the idol of Sakib, had some brief talk with the latter after Bangladesh’s game against South Africa. Former Protea bowler is very impressed with the Tiger bowler for his aggression and pace.

“I saw him when he played against South Africa and I said to him ‘well bowled’, I was down on the field. I was doing some commentary stuff. He said, ‘thank you’. And it was nice. It was a brief chat. But it was really good to see him like deliver the goods again last night (against Nepal). I love the aggression, I love the pace. He was bowling at 140, 140 is the high, 140 to 145, even I think so. Pace is really good,

“Great skill. He was able to swing the ball and utilizing the full ball yorker when he wanted to get a wicket with a full toss, but it swung. And then really good change of the crease. He was going from over the wicket to around the wicket, which shows me that he's street smart, and he's learning. He's not a one trick pony. It just stays over the wicket and does this thing. Yeah, all round, fantastic package. And he's on a high right now because he is taking wickets and I love the aggression” he said.