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Jonty Rhodes supports Young Tigers


While there have been much talks regarding the verbal exchange and shoving between Bangladesh and India players post the ICC Under-19 World Cup final on Sunday, Proteas legend Jonty Rhodes has fielded for the Young Tigers, saying they would learn from this incident and not repeat in future.Johny Rhodes

Jonty, regarded as the best fielder of all time, took to his Twitter account to congratulate the Bangladesh Under-19 side for their maiden World Cup triumph.

“Great win for @BCBtigers in the #U19CWCFinal Gr8 for them and Gr8 for cricket,” he tweeted on Monday.

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But evidently, an Indian fan was more concerned about the controversies instead of the match result, and he asked Jonty whether Bangladesh\s post-match celebration was good for the game or anyone else.

In response, Jonty came up with a matured and measured reply. He said, “It’s Gr8 for them; to learn from their experiences. All life depends on your perspective. I don’t think they will do that again.”

Jonty is not the only man to show maturity regarding the matter. Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali had also offered apology to the Indian team and everyone else concerned for his side’s part in the incident.

In a press conference on Sunday, he said: “I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through.”

He also added, “As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game. Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So, I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team.”

Unfortunately, the same level of maturity was not found in the Indian captain Priyam Garg’s statement. He was pretty clear in his stance as to who should be blamed for the sequence of events that led to the controversy.

“We were easy. We think it’s part and parcel of the game – you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay.”

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