• Wednesday, December 06, 2023


India and Bangladesh’s Young and Emerging Cricket Rivalry Has Been Defined by 6 Games Thus Far

By: Admin Super

Unlike India-Pakistan, Australia-India, and especially the “Ashes” (England vs. Australia), the cricketing rivalry between India and Bangladesh is relatively new. The two countries share linguistic, cultural, and political connections. Bangladeshis enjoy their cricket, but the nation’s on-field prowess had been patchy for too long, thus any victory was referred to as an “upset” or “surprising win” by the public and odds on online casinos in Bangladesh with sportsbooks. Well, any sporting event needs ongoing and long-lasting parity.

Players like Shakib Al Hasan have urged for fan civility as the rivalry between the two has taken a sharp turn in the social media age. Fans of both sides have engaged in teasing and defamation. Here are some of the crucial matches in this rivalry in awaiting India gearing up for their next tour of Bangladesh following the one last December, which was the first Indian tour of Bangladesh in seven years.

Bangladesh’s Optimism in 2000

By winning the 1997 ICC Trophy, cricket diplomacy helped Bangladesh gain Test status. Bangladesh received advice from former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya on how to gain ICC support and play in Test matches.

India sent a complete squad across the border to face this young team in November 2000. In the initial two days of such a historic Test, the Naimur Rahman-led team demonstrated they weren’t there to simply enjoy the moment and fill the scoreboard. Habibul Bashar earned a score of 71, Aminul Islam 145, and the remainder of the players chipped in to achieve 400. Despite having their illustrious lineup lowered to 236 for 6, India won by 29 runs thanks to Sunil Joshi’s 92. Newcomers to Test matches lost for 91 throughout the second innings, giving India the victory.

Most importantly, the cricket world got a statement!

2007’s Port of Spain Turning Point

The seeds of the current rivalry were planted during the 2007 World Cup in Port of Spain, which altered all ensuing contests. Mashrafe Mortaza, a seam bowling prodigy, shocked India when they batted first, while left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak and Muhammad Rafique choked them. Six single-digit scoring and three ducks helped India’s score to 191. Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, and Shakib Al Hasan all hit the 50s to end the pursuit.

Bangladesh took off. India was eliminated from the World Cup after they were trounced and their ego was crushed. So much so that, regardless of how little, all later games between the two teams have made mention of that game. Four years later, as part of the curtain-raiser game for the 2011 edition, MS Dhoni and Shakib Al Hasan discussed in-depth about the players.

2015’s First Quarterfinal of the World Cup and Controversy

The India-Bangladesh rivalry, which started in 2007, was exacerbated by the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal. Mistakes start troubles. Bangladesh defeated England in Adelaide with ease to go to their first World Cup quarterfinal. The leader of India was MS Dhoni. With Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Shikhar Dhawan in the middle of the action, Bangladesh dominated the defending champions for the majority of the first innings. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina drove India’s batting effort. After Rohit reached 90, Rubel Hossain caught him at deep mid-wicket, but Aleem Dar ruled a no-ball for what Bangladesh claimed didn’t constitute an over-the-waist full-toss. Rohit’s 137 points helped India win with 302.

After the match, Mustafa Kamal, the then-ICC President, threatened to resign over the “pre-arranged” umpiring, claiming he was unable to speak for the Indian Cricket Council. He informed Bangladeshi media that no one could condone a forced outcome as newspapers erupted in anger over the defeat. Even some media outlets referred to this as an “umpiring scandal”.

Only months after that setback in Melbourne, Bangladesh overcame India two times to win the series at home 2-1, and Mustafizur Rahman emerged as Bangladesh cricket’s rising star.

2016’s Sorrow in Bengaluru

After the disappointment of Melbourne, Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup defeat in Bengaluru caused reflection.

After yet another strong bowling performance up front left Bangladesh chasing a manageable objective of 146, which got down to 2 off 3 when Mushfiqur Rahim hit Hardik Pandya for a pair of boundaries in the game’s penultimate over, they pretty much had their second World Cup victory over India secured. After the subsequent four, he rejoiced. The following ball was pulled to deep midwicket. With Mahmudullah’s following ball, Bangladesh needed two runs off of one. Shuvagata Hom missed the penultimate delivery and the batters sprinted for a bye but couldn’t overcome Dhoni’s dash from behind the stumps. The Bangladeshi audience literally sobbed.

Finals in 2018

The next year, Bangladesh lost twice when they encountered India once more in the Champions Trophy. The nations clashed in two finals the next year, where they left their stamp on the competitions. At the Nidahas T20 Cup in Sri Lanka in March, Bangladesh scored 166, putting India in need of 34 from 12 balls. It’s Dinesh Karthik. Rubel Hossain, the team’s best bowler until that point, allowed India’s No. 7 to hit 22 off him and lower the scenario to 12 from the last over. Just seven were given up in the opening five balls by Soumya Sarkar. Karthik’s flat six off from the penultimate ball clinched India’s win.

They met throughout the 50-over Asia Cup final in Dubai six months later. Despite Liton Das scoring 222 runs, India had trouble matching Bangladesh’s bowling consistency and Kedar Jadhav’s hamstring problem. When additional wickets were lost, he was again dismissed. He persisted, and India triumphed on a nail-biting final ball.

In the final of the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, Bangladesh defeated India in a tense and contentious encounter.

Damp Outfield of 2022

Despite having the same number of points, skipper Shakib Al Hasan had predicted the outcome of the game for his team. In a T20 World Cup match, India will face Bangladesh. This competition remained intense. Another 60-run powerplay by Bangladesh was led by Das. They had to pursue 85 from nine overs after it started to rain. T20 is routine when you have 10 wickets to spare and India is bowling with a moist ball. India now leads by five runs after Das fell and also was run out on the second ball. The BCB’s cricket operation head stated the umpires had ignored Shakib’s plea for a slightly delayed opening and that they would investigate the questionable umpiring in an “appropriate forum” following Nurul Hasan accused Kohli of staging a fielding catch.

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