Opinion

Winning ODI series against India and Pakistan means a lot
Mohammad Ali Sattar
29 Jun,2015

It’s indeed a rare occasion for the Bangladesh cricket. It’s not every day that we beat teams like India and Pakistan. The year 2015 has turned out to be a ‘good’ and ‘lucky’ point in time for our cricket. Suddenly from underdogs we are shaping into giant-killers and virtually transforming our team into a giant.

The turnaround was sudden. Only the other day we were taken as a faltering team. ‘Minnows’ was the other word tagged against our team. We were castigated as cats rather than tigers.
Indian commentators were not so polite with our players. They more often than not taunted or teased our tigers. Our flaws and lapses were over played by the Indian and Pakistani commentators. Even our top cricketer who plays for KKR in Indian IPL has been under severe criticism.

Coming of age

Our cricketer, who has been topping the world ranking for so many years, was never shown the respect that he deserved whereas a mediocre Indian player is made a hero overnight.

The sudden surge in money and media in India has been responsible in not making players rather they are up to make money and destroy Indian cricket and in the process damaging world cricket as well.

All this treatment and attitude by the Indians (media, commentators, former players and the BCCI officials) is actually degrading not only for the countries that the commentators represented, but also demeaning to the true spirit of the sport.

Talking about Bangladesh team, the changes that came in our team were visible. If not over night, it was certainly a quick transformation of a tentative group into a fighting unit. Now it’s an all round team comprising full time batters and bowlers. Only the other day we beat Pakistan comprehensibly. The ‘whitewash’ was quickly named Banglawash. Pakistan had their lessons learnt. They now know Bangladesh.

The world cup expedition was not sweet for us. The match against India was the worst nightmare. How we were forced out of the competition to keep India alive and into the game, just to have big crowd and name in the fray.

All said and done, we forgot the wound. The great injustice done to us, were sweetly repaid to the BCCI and the Indian team. This tour of India by the full team was indeed a great event for us. Indian experts kept India ahead. They feared a fight from the Tigers, but believed that India will prevail. That did not happen. Even in this tour (they have lost the ODI series two – nil) we watched with great dismay the aggressive behavior of the Indian players in the middle.

A ‘gentlemen’s game’ it should be

The problem with Indian players is that they think they are the ones who are unbeatable. The attitude of aggression is good but one should not lose the spirit that this ‘gentlemen’s game’ holds for ages.

Following the loss in the second ODI the Indian skipper, who was also found a little lost in the first mach when he aggressively elbowed the Bangladeshi bowler, told the media that he was ready to step down if he was responsible for the losses. He further made light of the third match by commenting that it doesn’t matter if the outcome is 3-0 or 2-1, Indian team will play its natural game and they will try to enjoy the last outing.

But 3-0 and 2-1 does matter. A complete whitewash is far worse than losing two out of three. At least one win will save you the huge embarrassment. I think Indian skipper thinks otherwise. He knows the impact of a 3-0 defeat.

He might have avoided saying that India will try to stage a come-back in the third game. He might have thought India might just lose the last game as well. Anyway, India did manage to salvage some prestige by winning the last match. Whatever, we have won the series and that too in a convincing manner. The defeats handed to Indian side were comprehensive. We have fared well in all the departments. We have seen the players gain confidence.  But let us not be complacent. We have a long way to go. We have more teams coming our way; we have a long list of battles to be won.

So we should not be super stars overnight and live in a make belief world. Let us have our foot firmly on the ground. We shall pay due respect to our adversaries. We shall hold the spirit of the game high. Best of luck, Tigers.


It’s indeed a rare occasion for the Bangladesh cricket. It’s not every day that we beat teams like India and Pakistan. The year 2015 has turned out to be a ‘good’ and ‘lucky’ point in time for our cricket. Suddenly from underdogs we are shaping into giant-killers and virtually transforming our team into a giant.

The turnaround was sudden. Only the other day we were taken as a faltering team. ‘Minnows’ was the other word tagged against our team. We were castigated as cats rather than tigers.
Indian commentators were not so polite with our players. They more often than not taunted or teased our tigers. Our flaws and lapses were over played by the Indian and Pakistani commentators. Even our top cricketer who plays for KKR in Indian IPL has been under severe criticism.

Coming of age

Our cricketer, who has been topping the world ranking for so many years, was never shown the respect that he deserved whereas a mediocre Indian player is made a hero overnight.

The sudden surge in money and media in India has been responsible in not making players rather they are up to make money and destroy Indian cricket and in the process damaging world cricket as well.

All this treatment and attitude by the Indians (media, commentators, former players and the BCCI officials) is actually degrading not only for the countries that the commentators represented, but also demeaning to the true spirit of the sport.

Talking about Bangladesh team, the changes that came in our team were visible. If not over night, it was certainly a quick transformation of a tentative group into a fighting unit. Now it’s an all round team comprising full time batters and bowlers. Only the other day we beat Pakistan comprehensibly. The ‘whitewash’ was quickly named Banglawash. Pakistan had their lessons learnt. They now know Bangladesh.

The world cup expedition was not sweet for us. The match against India was the worst nightmare. How we were forced out of the competition to keep India alive and into the game, just to have big crowd and name in the fray.

All said and done, we forgot the wound. The great injustice done to us, were sweetly repaid to the BCCI and the Indian team. This tour of India by the full team was indeed a great event for us. Indian experts kept India ahead. They feared a fight from the Tigers, but believed that India will prevail. That did not happen. Even in this tour (they have lost the ODI series two – nil) we watched with great dismay the aggressive behavior of the Indian players in the middle.

A ‘gentlemen’s game’ it should be

The problem with Indian players is that they think they are the ones who are unbeatable. The attitude of aggression is good but one should not lose the spirit that this ‘gentlemen’s game’ holds for ages.

Following the loss in the second ODI the Indian skipper, who was also found a little lost in the first mach when he aggressively elbowed the Bangladeshi bowler, told the media that he was ready to step down if he was responsible for the losses. He further made light of the third match by commenting that it doesn’t matter if the outcome is 3-0 or 2-1, Indian team will play its natural game and they will try to enjoy the last outing.

But 3-0 and 2-1 does matter. A complete whitewash is far worse than losing two out of three. At least one win will save you the huge embarrassment. I think Indian skipper thinks otherwise. He knows the impact of a 3-0 defeat.

He might have avoided saying that India will try to stage a come-back in the third game. He might have thought India might just lose the last game as well. Anyway, India did manage to salvage some prestige by winning the last match. Whatever, we have won the series and that too in a convincing manner. The defeats handed to Indian side were comprehensive. We have fared well in all the departments. We have seen the players gain confidence.  But let us not be complacent. We have a long way to go. We have more teams coming our way; we have a long list of battles to be won.

So we should not be super stars overnight and live in a make belief world. Let us have our foot firmly on the ground. We shall pay due respect to our adversaries. We shall hold the spirit of the game high. Best of luck, Tigers.