Tigers even can win without Shakib, Tamim

NEW DELHI Bangladesh's seven-wicket victory against

a ruthless India side proved the fact well that they can perform even without

big names.

The victory came without their key players like Shakib Al Hasan and

Tamim Iqbal as Mushfiqur Rahim played a sublime knock and assisted by a solid

bunch of young cricketers who looked determined to fill the shoes of the big

stars.

Bangladesh created a slice of history, beating India for the first time

in any format of cricket at Indian soil on Sunday.

Since their elevation to Test cricket in 2000, Bangladesh though beat

India five times in ODI cricket, none of their victories came in Indian soil.

The closer they came to beat India was in T20 format in 2016 at

Bangalore during the World T20. Bangladesh needed just two runs in three

balls to seal the deal but both Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad played

manic shot to throw their wicket in consecutive deliveries and Bangladesh

lost the game by one run.

Victory can't come timelier for Bangladesh as they were going through

some internal problems in the last one month. The player strike was in the

headline in the media in the last ten days and Shakib Al Hasan ban worsened

the situation.

While they also missed the service of Tamim Iqbal as he opted to rule

himself out citing personal issues, they lost pace-bowling all-rounder

Mohammad Saifuddin due to recurring back injury.

But Bangladesh put all problems into beds and put up a commanding

performance against India on the back of Mushfiqur Rahim;s brilliant batting

along with some timely contribution by the youngster that helped them beat

India in T20 cricket after eight successive losses.

Bangladesh always play well when their back is against the wall as they

had beaten New Zealand for the first time in ODI cricket in 2008 when

country's cricket was trying to recover from the ICL exodus.

Most of the main cricketers of Bangladesh that time joined BCCI and ICC-

banned ICL to face 10-year punishment and during that time Shakib Al Hasan,

Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal took the onus and made Bangladesh a force to

reckon with.

This time Afif Hossain and Aminul Islam Biplob bowled brilliantly to

help Tigers restrict their opponent under a sizeable total while Soumya

Sarkar also left his mark with some valuable contribution with the bat.

Shakib is a very big cricketer for us. We always miss him. Tamim is

also a very big part. They won many matches single handedly. We always miss

them. But it is also a sign that Bangladesh can win without them. Even

without me or Riyad, I believe Bangladesh can perform, Bangladesh senior

batsman Mushfiqur Rahim said.

We always try to win. It doesn't happen every time. But this is part

of cricket. We didn't have our main two players but young players performed

there. They tried to grab the opportunity. Naim, Biplob, Afif everyone played

well. People don't remember these wins. But they remember the defeats. As a

part of Bangladesh team, we know where we are heading. We are in the right

track, he said.

Mushfiqur thanked the coach for allowing the youngster to explore by

giving them the confidence and he feels that if they manage to perform in

this manner these youngster can achieve in eight years what they have

achieved in 15 years.

We have come here as underdog. We should thank our head coach, he has

brought the team in a position after that situation. And he gave freedom to

the youngsters. And made them feel that they are important part of the team

and a match winning player, not only for participation. We try to give this

message and trying to build this culture, he said.

I want them to achieve in 8 years what I have in 15 years and they have

that potential, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)