Former Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar Sumon, who was the captain of Bangladesh when they beat Australia in Cardiff 12 years ago, has described Bangladesh’s victory over New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Friday as one of Bangladesh’s greats win ever.
“This must rank as one of Bangladesh’s finest One-Day International wins ever, on par with our victory, also in Cardiff, against Australia in 2005, and against England at the Adelaide Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015,” wrote Bashar in his special column for ICC.
According to Bashar, the specility of the victory was even beyond its margin, “It wasn’t just the fact that Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by five wickets, but the manner and the circumstances under which victory was achieved, that made it truly special.”
He also added, “Both teams had to win this game to stay alive in the ICC Champions Trophy, so it wasn’t merely about skills but also about desire and hunger. In the end, Bangladesh’s strong will and commitment to the cause was greater than New Zealand’s, which is why Mashrafe Mortaza’s men are now within sight of a place in the semi-final.”
Bashar also reckoned in a hilarious manner that England are going to get more supporters than ever to back them when they face arch-rivals Australia on Saturday.
“Of course, that berth in the last four is far from guaranteed, but I can assure you that never will England have gone into a match with as much support as they will on Saturday, when they take on Australia. Upwards of 160 million Bangladeshis will be squarely in England’s corner, rooting for the home side! After all, an England victory will secure a historic semi-final berth for Bangladesh, and I am sure Eoin Morgan will welcome all the backing his team can get as it prepares to face the old enemy.”
Watch below Bangladesh team singing ‘Amra Korbo Joy Ekdin’ in the dressing room right after the match against New Zealand.