In 2011, when the first ever cricket world cup was played in Bangladesh, it was a grand event not only for the cricketers of Bangladesh but for each and every citizen of our country. The Bangladesh Cricket team has now successfully defeated the top-ranked opponents in last 8 months. They have created history almost every month this year, especially in one-day internationals. First, a historical world cup quarter-final appearance, followed by maiden series wins over Pakistan and India and South Africa.There must be something right going on with Bangladesh, considering that they are producing landmark results one after the another.
It all started last year in November when Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh, and were thrashed in the ODIs 5-0.The flames of winning big matches were ignited when Pakistan toured in Bangladesh. They were ready for the challenge. The world noticed their winning spree when they whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series They stunned Pakistan by 79 runs in the first ODI, by seven wickets in second and eight wickets in the third match. The historic result was though appreciated but was not celebrated as much as it was deserved. But it gave a young Bangladesh team brimming with confidence, another shot in their arm before India toured in June, 2015.
The Indian selectors send a full-fledged side for the tour to Bangladesh despite reports that a few seniors players had requested for rest after long season. A strong Indian team was expected to win the series against their small neighboring country, but the results were totally out of the blue. The home team surprised everyone when they beat India comprehensively by 79 runs in the first ODI after posting the massive 308 runs target. They followed it up by another crushing six-wicket victory over twice World Cup winners in the second match to seal the series 2-0, proving that they have actually taken strong strides in limited-overs cricket in the last few years.
It was dream run indeed, albeit in home conditions, and when South Africa landed it was expected that Bangladesh’s run would come to a stop. South Africa started their tour with two easy wins in the two-match T20 series but the real test was always in the ODIs ,where Bangladesh are no longer pushovers. When the Proteas registered an easy eight wicket victory in the first ODI it seemed that Bangladesh’s streak had ended, but the home team was plotting different script altogether. In the next match, Bangladesh bundled out the visitors for just 162 runs in 46 overs and chased down the target with a whopping 134 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. In the diceder, the Tigers stamped their authority again by restricting South Africa to 168/9 in a rain-truncated 40-over-a-side match,The D/L revised target for them was 170,which they achieved in just 26.1 overs with nine wickets in hand, wrapping up yet another series win in style.
Bangladesh cricket team has given us a reason to smile, to feel proud, to feel brave, to dream and at times to cry. It has given us a chance to channelize our emotions and expectations, make friends, bring together for cricket, bring us close to the Bangladesh cricket team. And that gives us a greater responsibility towards the Bangladesh Cricket Team.
Now it won’t be wrong to suggest the touring teams to Bangladesh- “Beware, the Tigers are on the prowl.”
by Swakshar Debnath