ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli not taking “dangerous Bangladesh” lightly in semi-final

first_imgVirat Kohli has said India will not take Bangladesh lightly since they are a dangerous side and have made rapid strides in international cricket.India and Bangladesh will face each other at Edgbaston on Thursday in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy.Kohli, in his first ICC tournament as captain, led India to two victories out of three matches in the league stages and as group toppers face Bangladesh, erstwhile minnows of world cricket. However, the Tigers are now a much improved side and India are in no mood to take them for granted.”It’s no surprise anymore that Bangladesh are doing well. They have players who are taking responsibility. They are a dangerous side on their day and they have taken huge strides. You cannot take any opposition lightly.”If they are in the top eight sides in the world, they are doing a lot of things right. They are really keen to win a lot of games at this level and it shows in their attitude. They showed a lot of composure in chasing down that target against New Zealand.India reached the semi-finals by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan and world number one South Africa. Their only loss came against Sri Lanka, when the bowlers failed to fire on a flat pitch and allowed the islanders to gun down 322.Bangladesh on the other hand lost to England, escaped with a no-result against Australia and beat New Zealand to progress to the last-four of an ICC semi-final for the first time ever.advertisementIndia and Bangladesh had clashed against each other in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup. Thanks to a stylish Rohit Sharma hundred and some terrific bowling by India’s seamers, the then reigning world champions triumphed by a whopping 109 runs.last_img read more