Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has accredited Team India as the most balanced side within Asia following their triumph in the six-nation tournament.

Meanwhile, India came into the tournament as favourites to lift the trophy. However, Bangladesh gave them a tough time in the finals taking the game to the last over of the match. Despite missing their experienced cricketers, the Tigers put a great fight and will return to Dhaka with their heads held high.

India were the favourites, and they emerged as deserving Asia Cup victors, but it came closer than many had expected. Bangladesh, missing their two premier players, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, battled right to the end and can return to Dhaka with their heads held high. However, they will surely feel a sense of deep disappointment that such a rollicking start went in vain,” Jayawardene wrote in TOI.

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Furthermore, Mahela Jayawardene also praised Bangladesh’s decision to promote Mehidy Hasan as an opener. Bangladesh struggled to put a good start and thus promoted Hasan, who helped Bangladesh to a good opening start.

Bangladesh should have scored in excess of 260 but the middle order capitulated with a series of loose strokes and India’s bowlers pounced on the opportunity. The fact that Bangladesh kept fighting right to the end, chiseling out regular wickets and pushing the game to the very last ball of the innings, shows the spirit of the team under new coach Steve Rhodes,” he added.

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Mahela Jayawardene also noted that India have shown a lot of options to build on the World Cup next year.

India will return home very pleased with how things turned out. They tried new players and new combinations in this tournament and showed they have lots of options right now to build on ahead of the World Cup next year,” Jayawardene concluded.