POTCHEFSTROOM: “It’s a dream come true” said Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali, who, however, regretted the unwanted aggression from his players that nearly resulted into a free-for-all after his team won the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Sunday.
The Bangladesh players were overtly aggressive while fielding, with their lead pacer Shoriful Islam sledging the Indian batsmen after every delivery. In fact, as Bangladesh approached the winning runs, Shoriful was seen swearing multiple times openly on camera.
After Bangladesh won, chasing a revised DLS target of 170 in 46 overs in the rain-hit final, the players in the dugout ran onto the field in jubilation and displayed aggressive body language. One India player then rushed to confront and pushed a Bangladeshi player who had allegedly said uncharitable things and coach Paras Mhambrey was seen calming his boys.
“Some of our bowlers were emotional and were pumped up. What happened after the game was unfortunate. I would like to congratulate India,” skipper Akbar showed maturity beyond years at the post-match conference.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s all about the hard work we have done over the last two years. The coaching staff…I just cannot thank them enough for how much support they have given us on and off the field. We’ve had a very good experience, and this is just the beginning for us. Hopefully, this will be the stepping stone for us,” said the skipper, who was also adjudged Player of the Final for his composed unbeaten 43.
He then thanked the Bangladeshi supporters in his mother tongue.
“Those who have supported us here have been our 12th man here. We really appreciate it.”
“It’s a bad day, but our boys fought really well. Even with such a low total, we made it difficult for them, and I would like to thank my team for that.
“The biggest factor was the toss, because the wicket was a bit damp. We had a good start, and we should have got to at least 210-220. That would have been a much better score.”
While the bowlers bowled more than 20 plus wides and no-balls, Priyam doesn’t think it could have been much different.
“I don’t think we could have done much different. For 178, we responded really well, and we lost this because we didn’t bat well enough. That’s about it. We enjoyed the World Cup. We played a series here too, and this was enjoyable too.”
Source : timesofindia