England’s group stage exit at the hands of Bangladesh has come as no surprise to former World Cup winner who claims Eoin Morgan and company are “a nothing side”.
The big and small of world cricket have been having their say after a 15-run defeat on Monday meant England were knocked out of the 50-over showpiece – f our defeats from five games coming after a tri-series which had raised expectations.
Bangladesh could now face defending champions India in the quarter-finals, although Gavaskar, in an interview with NDTV, quipped: “I think it would have been easier playing England in the quarters!
“Look at their form. England have won only one game, they are a nothing side.
“Every time there is a World Cup (in) football, everyone speaks how they will do this and that but at the end of the day, they are just an overrated team both cricket-wise and football-wise.”
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar
As England’s chase ended on 260 in the 49th over, a few cricket associations from across the English channel and beyond were quick to offer their help in the rebuilding process.
Responding to an online user, the Czech Republic cricket board’s twitter account wrote: “Given the improvements in our team, @harisschaudhary, I doubt @ECB_cricket could even count on us for a morale boost!”
The Japanase Cricket Association was not far behind, tweeting: “Dear @ECB_cricket, this might not be a great time, but as there’s room in your schedule, fancy a game in Japan on the way home? #challenge”