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what a match!!! what a show!!! I can tell no one expected the show before the match!!! It was good cricket from both team. India played really well. Specially Sachin Tendulkar. After long wait  he finally got his century of the international centuries. It is something that people can do often. Cricketers of current world can’t even think of this record. But little master did it and people will remember him a long time.

With Sachin’s contribution of 114, India reached to 289 run. That’s a very big score for and against any team.  It creates a pressure upon opponent team and makes it very difficult to chase. I must confess that I was little disappointed at this point however I didn’t lose hope.

Although there was huge pressure on Bangladesh team, but they kept their cool. After being defeated in a winning match against Pakistan, Bangladesh team played well came back in the tournament. Tamin, Jahir, Nasir, Shakib, Mushfiq everyone played well. When the match was about to slip away, Shakib came to bat. With his wonderful innings of 49 run in 31 ball changed the momentum to Bangladesh. But hopes was fading when the asking run rate was building high. Then came Mushfiq into the action. With some big shots, he restored the hopes and made everyone believe that today tigers will win. Tigers have won in this exciting match. It was really awesome show. I am feeling little sad for Sachin as his moments was destroyed by wonderful victory of Bangladesh team.

When Bangladesh wins, they win big!! I hope they will continue to will in the next match and make it to the final. And maybe win the final too. 🙂 Bangladesh team dedicated their victory to Late Manjarul Islam Rana. Rana was an awesome cricketer in the national team who died several years ago in a bike accident in this date. May Allah bless his soul.

At the end, good job tigers!!!!

N.B. Few articles from http://www.espncrickinfo.com about the match

1) Shakib, Rahim deliver incredible win

2) Tendulkar scores his 100th international century

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Because of the shameful and poor performance, Bangladesh is out of the ICC World Cup 2011. Even after winning 3 of the 6 matches and having equal 6 points same as West Indies, Bangladesh could not make to the next round. Now question is who are responsible for this incidents and whom can we blame. Most of the people we will answer that members of Bangladesh team are responsible and so is the management. We all know more or less about the wrong decisions of the team management. They will be the first one to be blamed. To show my support for the national team and to enlarge the area of blaming, I took the liberty to find other parties whom can we blame. So let see who else should be blamed….

1) England:

You may ask why England should be blamed. Answer is simple. Cricket was originated from England. If England didn’t make this game, we couldn’t play it and hence we couldn’t do so badly.

2) ICC:

ICC should be blamed. Because if ICC didn’t organize the World Cup tournament, we wouldn’t play World Cup. And so we didn’t have to see those embarrassing scores.

3) Again ICC:

You already know we needed 4 wins but we had 3 wins. And these 3 wins are against Ireland, England, Netherlands. And we lost against India, West Indies, South Africa.  So you see we can only beat the “……Land”s. If there were any other ‘….land’ in Group B, we could have beat that team and make it to the second round. For your Information, only other cricket playing ‘….land’ is New Zealand and that was in Group A. If and only if, New Zealand was in group B, we sure would beat them. So it was totally ICC’s fault because they didn’t put New Zealand in Group B. It would look nice if all “….land”s were in same group. 😛

4) West Indies:

This team has beaten us. but they couldn’t beat England. West Indies made us to collapse but they couldn’t do it to England. Instead they were collapsed at the end. So West Indies should be blamed.

5) Nature

Nature is the biggest culprit . Japan was hit by massive Tsunami & Earthquake. I certainly hope that it will never happen to Bangladesh. But at least there could be some rain. Even there was rain in our neighbor country India. If there were some rain in WI & SA match, those match could have been given up and points could be distributed equally. Hence we could make it to the next round. But alas….:(

Anyway I could have found some more parties to blame but I think it’s time for some serious talk. No one in the world is responsible for someone else’s actions. Every people are responsible for his action and hence he is to be blamed.

 

So that was the last match of the group Stage for Bangladesh. And now it was also the match of ICC World Cup for Bangladesh. Even after winning 3 of 6 matches, Bangladesh team couldn’t make it to the quarter-final.  Team was standing on two equations for that. First victory of West Indies against England and second, Bangladesh’s victory over South Africa. From the beginning we all knew Bangladesh will not satisfy the 2nd equation. So we all depended on the first equation. But unfortunately West Indies failed us after raising our hopes. They were so close to the victory but at the last moment they collapsed.

As the first equation didn’t work out, we had to depend on the second equation and that is Bangladesh’s victory over South Africa. And again unfortunately Bangladesh lost. They didn’t just lost, they lost with greatest shame. They scored only 78 for all wickets utilizing 28 overs.

As because Bangladesh is out, I have lost interest on the World Cup.  I was so excited and I really hoped and prayed that our team will go to the quarter-final stage.  And now all those excitements are gone. I am sure there are many people like me. Everyone is disappointed because of the poor performance. People are so ashamed they don’t want to wear the cricket team’s jersey anymore.  I am not that much sporty person. But yet I bought Bangladesh team’s jersey to show my support.  But now like many people, I might not wear this jersey ever again. It is really ironic that in our own country, we feel shame to wear the jersey and show our support to the national team.

After shameful 58 & 78, in future, people will not expect much from this team. But the fact is that it is the only cricket team we got. This is the team that represents our country. So, no matter what happens, we have to support out team. And we will continue to do it. We have to remember that we are still growing. we already have achieved some achievements. I hope cricket board will take right initiatives to better in next time. Till then we hope for the best and enjoy the rest of the matches.

 

Bangladesh national cricket team

Official Logo of Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Today  Bangladesh cricket team & its captain Shakib Al Hasan were all over the newspapers. I didn’t find any newspaper without report on Bangladesh cricket team. Everyone is praising the team and captain Shakib. Why won’t they? For the first time Bangladesh won a series against a full strength test playing country. They just won the 5 ODI series against New Zealand.

From the last Series against New Zealand, I like to see them as the the opponent of Bangladesh team in cricket. So I was really looking forward for this series. Before the series stared I was sure that Bangladesh team will win at least one ODI. But I never thought they will win the series.  They really surpassed my expectation.

My Family knows I’m a great fan of Bangladesh cricket team. So every time  I say something about BD team, they try to make fun out of it and make me angry. After Bangladesh won the first ODI, I was too excited. I told my father about the win. My father said “Don’t get too excited. Your team is going to loose next match.” When the 2nd match got abandoned,  I was little bit upset. Again my father told me ” your team got lucky. if the match didn’t get abandoned, BD team would loose.” So I told him that Bangladesh will win in the next match even though I wasn’t sure about it. My father replied “BD team was just lucky in the first match. They won’t be lucky in next match.” So when Bangladesh won the 2nd match, I sent a text to my father saying “In your face dad. Bangladesh won the match by 7 wickets & 10 overs.” That night, my father told me “Ok, Bangladesh is playing well. but they will loose the next two matches. They can’t continue the performance.” I replied “They don’t have to win. They have already did it. Now they are not loosing the series. I don’t expect more.”

Even though I said “I don’t expect more”, During the 5th ODI, I was  sitting like statue in front of TV whole  time. I was terrified with the beginning of Bangladesh innings. But Sakib pulled out the team from danger. After the Bangladesh innings, I told my mom “Bangladesh have scored 241. I think they are going to win the match & the series.” I was surprised when mom replied “huh! New Zealand is a weak team. there is nothing to be excited about.” I asked her “how can you tell that NZ is a weak team?” Again she replied ” if NZ wasn’t a weak team, how come Bangladesh won last 2 matches. Bangladesh can’t win against strong teams.” Then I said ” may be it’s time to think that Bangladesh is becoming a strong team. They will win the match & the series”. Yes, they did.

Yes! I know Bangladesh cricket history is not that bright. But we are developing. I saw the change in the mentality of the players. They are now more dedicated and professional. They are giving their best efforts in every matches. Now our players are becoming world class players. Our players are getting international recognition.  At present Shakib is the No. 1 all-rounder in Cricket. Tamim Iqbal has been named as “Test Player of the Year” award by Wisden Cricketer Magazine. Last year, Shakib won this award.

If we want to keep this performance consistent, we have to nurture our players carefully. Or else their merit won’t be recognized anymore. It would be like what happened to Ashraful.  We had Ashraful was considered to be the next little master. But he wasn’t able to keep going.

If we can utilize our players merit, our country sure will become a cricket giant. One day will come when Bangladesh will rule the cricket world.  May be that day is not near, you can’t see it. But listen carefully, you will hear tiger’s roar. Watch out cricket world, Tigers are coming……

 

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