We were waiting to meet India in a final: Shoriful
Surrounded by quite what had been described by captain Akbar an ‘unimaginable’ flavor of greetings and ovation, Bangladesh Under-19 team returned home with the World Cup Trophy, the first of its’ kind for the country.
It was a summit clash worth to be witnessed between Bangladesh and India. In front of four-time world title holders and defending champion India, Bangladesh were deemed to be out-of-towner but with sheer aggression and dominance, the young Tigers put hold of the final match from the very beginning.
Bangladesh, after opting to field first, strangled the Indian batsmen from the initial stage, led by the front-line pacer Shoriful Islam.
On arrival, the 18-year old hailed from Panchagarh, said after many heartbreaks against India, it had been a long wait to end with winning the World Cup this time.
“Actually, we lost two close matches against them in the past. One was the Asia Cup semifinal in 2018 and the other was a Asia Cup final in 2019. I can’t describe what those defeats felt like.
“Before taking the field for the final, all I could think about was what they did after winning and how we felt after losing. So, we didn’t want things to turn out as they did before. We wanted to do our best and fight with all our strength till the last ball,” Shoriful said in an exclusive interview with country’s one of the leading dailies Daily Star.
From the very first delivery of the innings, Shoriful showed considerable aggression. Defending his attitude, the young gun said, “We have seen in cricket that to play aggressive cricket, you have to do that and to make the batsmen angry or to induce something in him so that he wants to take me on and so that a wicket falls.”
“Cricket is such a game that if you lose focus for just one over in a 50-over match, you can lose. So, we wanted to keep our focus throughout the 50 overs. These things don’t happen in a day and hard work is needed before applying those in matches,” he said.