NEW DELHI Bangladesh's seven-wicket victory against
a ruthless India side proved the fact well that they can perform even without
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
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
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
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)