Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur March 22, 2012

Bangladesh have much to cherish even in defeat

An underdog always has the potential to create theatre and Bangladesh achieved that. They have succeeded in winning the hearts of their fans, and given the Asia Cup popularity
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It turned out to be a beautiful moment in the end. As Aizaz Cheema's yorker jarred into Shahadat Hossain's pads and the tailender ran a humble leg-bye, the crowd was stunned into silence. Quickly realising the magnitude and inimitability of the day, the packed house took a few seconds to compose itself and soon broke into a long applause that lasted till Mahmudullah made his way to the dressing-room. The cheers too went unabated even as tears rolled down many cheeks, the gesture quite appropriate for the occasion.

The 25,000-plus audience, and by extension the rest of the country which lived every ball of the Asia Cup final, was justifiably crushed by the two-run defeat. Bangladesh had crossed the final hurdle and were within touching distance of the tape. It was going to be a unique triumph for the perennial underdogs of the subcontinent and the world, but it wasn't to be. Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan celebrated like crazy after winning.

The manner of their celebrations was evidence enough of how hard Bangladesh had fought in the game, something that has been witnessed only a handful of times over the past decade. On a balmy Thursday night at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, they fought as if they wanted revenge for Multan, Fatullah and Harare, but their exhausted bodies betrayed their intentions. Like on those occasions, Bangladesh again failed to close out the games, but this time there will be fewer repercussions.

Despite the result, as the long applause by the Mirpur crowd suggested, the tournament will be most memorable for the hosts. It will be remembered by fans and the cricketers, who now have a blueprint of teamwork for future references. They have learned how to chase down a big total and how to go for the jugular in a curtailed match. Nasir Hossain learned there's no shortcut to success and that he has to finish games; Tamim Iqbal's four consecutive fifties proved his critics wrong; Shakib reminded everyone that he is not just the country's leading cricketer, but a player who is on track to becoming the best limited-overs allrounder in the world.

The success of the tournament has also been vindication for Stuart Law's modus operandi, a calming influence rather than banging on from the sidelines every ball. He sits in the dugout but limits his hand gestures. But, the former Australian batsman must be ready to tackle complacency, the threat of inconsistency and the "overnight star" syndromes in the dressing-room.

Apart from the traditional areas of concern, Law would also need to develop a big-innings culture in the team while there is more work to be done on the choice of shots towards the end of the innings - if the slog or the scoop doesn't work, the age-old straight-bat approach should be enforced.

Law is happy to have a calming influence like Mashrafe Mortaza back in the mix. But more than just being a great source of mental support for the team, Mortaza's bowling return has been the most encouraging factor for the team.

Their thrilling run has also meant that the Asia Cup has gained popularity after years of negligence as a competition. An underdog always has the potential to create theatre and Bangladesh achieved that. Excitable crowds thronged Mirpur every time Bangladesh chased.

The team can be rest assured that the country understands what it goes through: they can lose, they can surprise with a win but they must always provide a fight, show that they care. This one could have gone either way even with the bunny Shahadat on strike, with four needed off the final ball. It ultimately went to Pakistan, but it took a photo-finish to keep Bangladesh on the runners-up podium.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • ZsZs on March 26, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Okay, well done Tamim. But why so much bravado as the four finger salute? When is going to learn to put team before self? It was obvious the newbies fell apart from the pressure - Nazim, Jahurul and even Nasir. When you reach the 50 milestone, you must ensure you finish. Tamim has a long way to go before he grows up, and as long as the media keeps coddling him like here especially Isam, I see no sign of that happening soon. When like a good opener will he learn to convert and support his team rather than playing for half milestones. As ususal he looked haggard and was satisfied with half measures. The self before the team and media and writers seem to like that. This tournament was about taking the next step in developing the Bangladesh Game - Tamim certainly has not. More should be expected of him, and as opposed to the authors I do.

  • bagh_mama on March 24, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    @ZsZs: Great to see someone is using hard facts to make his point. I know people are happy in Bangladesh. And lot of facts will get overlooked until we play terrible at a series. Most of the players are under-performing. And there is a 10000 ton gorilla one BCB's neck. It needs to go. But no one will talk about it now.

  • Musafir366 on March 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Another move to secure BD test status. the level of their team currently they cant even think in dreams that if match played between them and India/Srilanka/Pakistan they can win. come on. sponsers are now involved directly now just after BPL they are preparing to lanuch next BPL and its the start.

  • Desihungama on March 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I watched the entire tournament from Lahore and took a flight back to US the night after finals. I say this for certainty that there is huge praise for the BD team and they were the talk of the town in Pakistan throughout the tournament. Many congrats to their spirited cricket. Though, there is no praise for the Pakistan team from either Cricinfo or the Bangladesh fans, not even mentioning the winner. I hope it changes. Pakistan bowling does not fail consectively. Great team work. Congrats Pakistan!

  • Jawwad123 on March 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Hats off to BD. I watch all your losses and wins but it's not everyday that you make me cry!! I always knew we had it in our blood and thank you for making us hope. Tamim and Shakib proved themselves again and Nasir- what a Tiger!! We could've had the edge if the staff had considered Ash rather than Nazim. Well never mind coz we're proud to be part of you- Tigers. Thanks again for letting us keep our heads high once again and I'm confident we can do it again!!!!

  • mars2009 on March 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Bravo to BD , that might be new beginning of Bangladesh cricket team. Asia Cup is just a tournament. Let us see who is real Asian Champion, that analysis covers all head to head matches rather than selective period / tournaments. Pakistan vs India , the score line is 69-48 in favour of Pakistan. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka again 76-47 in Pakistan's favour. Pakistan vs Bangladesh it is 30-1 in Pakistan's favour. Any taker??

  • muatasim_bd on March 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan for your kind information it is true Bangladesh made ODI debut in 1986 but from 1986-2000 they played around 25 matches before they got their odi and test status in 2000 and is there any regular experienced team that plays only 25 matches in 15 years? .... and as you said Bangladesh didnt win any test in 12 years which is false if you look at the statistics Bangladesh won 3 test matches so far and won 72 ODI matches out of which 21 ODI victories came against strong team since 2005. On the other hand India has been playing cricket since 1932 and if you know your team took 20 years to win their first test which they did it against England in 1952 where Bangladesh took 5 years to win their first test against Zimbabwe in 2005. Remember one thing, it takes a lot of time to build a strong team. If you look at Australia they have been playing cricket for more than 100 years and their test debut was in 1885 and so if you look at Bangladesh they will surely take another 10-15 years

  • tanzim.shamsuddin on March 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Bangladesh may not won the match but they proved the point of being consistent...which was lacking for a long time. Those who follow bd. Cricket then they should know that beating India or Australia or South Africa and then being inconsistent was very prominent. But in this particular tournament bd team showed consistent improvement. @IndnCrktfan: do u kw how long it took for India or newzeland to bag their first test win? How many matches or months? Why having the best batting line up why India is failing to achieve desired result outside subcontinent? Why after so many talks next debate India become afraid of preparing bouncy wickets in India? Answering these question is difficult! But what I'm trying to say is that consistency or improvement can be seen at any given point in time. Being a true cricket fan you should show desired respect to team who is showing signs of improvement.

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    BD played very well in this tournament..They have been playing at home for last two years and they hav gud bunch of cricketers and Shakib is in Prime form now..Also They won all 4 tosses and batted 2nd in every game..so luck was with BD tigers but nonetheless they played unexpectedly well but lets not get over confident and our BD f ans shud not show any attitude rather be nice and respect other big cricketing nations..I always Respect PAK cricket team cuz they hv been not playing home for last few yrs which a very frustrating side for any cricketer..I hv watched all 4 PAK games this Asia Cup and also in Last WC in dhaka and feel pitty for true Pakistanis who r not watching them live...But for BD, i hop its a new beginning..BD shud not loose momentum frm here..Its a new Era in cricket world..thr's no mcgrath, no Akram, No Murali or warne or Lara or Inzi or Dravid..also tendulkar almost on the brink of a retirement so i expect BD to rule this new ERA..its abt time after 13 years...

  • ZsZs on March 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    People have been gaga over Tamim. He got starts and grand standed and did not continue. If you go to stats guru and look at the last 5 years, ODIs, openers you will see that Tamim has played a staggering 107 matches. Of which he has 22 50's and 3 100's. His 50 to 100 ratio is 13.6%, number 40 on the list of most played openers in that period. Compare to that Gibbs has a 100% ratio, Dilshan 85%, Stirling from Ireland 80%, Tendulkar is 40%, and Ahmad Shehza a whopping infinty ration ... and so on. Tamim has squandered opportunities and plays for the grand stand more often than not. He needs to convert! And I encourage statsguru to do the study as well. I am just an amateur - but the sub-par performance, and grandstanding is hurting him more than not.

  • ZsZs on March 26, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Okay, well done Tamim. But why so much bravado as the four finger salute? When is going to learn to put team before self? It was obvious the newbies fell apart from the pressure - Nazim, Jahurul and even Nasir. When you reach the 50 milestone, you must ensure you finish. Tamim has a long way to go before he grows up, and as long as the media keeps coddling him like here especially Isam, I see no sign of that happening soon. When like a good opener will he learn to convert and support his team rather than playing for half milestones. As ususal he looked haggard and was satisfied with half measures. The self before the team and media and writers seem to like that. This tournament was about taking the next step in developing the Bangladesh Game - Tamim certainly has not. More should be expected of him, and as opposed to the authors I do.

  • bagh_mama on March 24, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    @ZsZs: Great to see someone is using hard facts to make his point. I know people are happy in Bangladesh. And lot of facts will get overlooked until we play terrible at a series. Most of the players are under-performing. And there is a 10000 ton gorilla one BCB's neck. It needs to go. But no one will talk about it now.

  • Musafir366 on March 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Another move to secure BD test status. the level of their team currently they cant even think in dreams that if match played between them and India/Srilanka/Pakistan they can win. come on. sponsers are now involved directly now just after BPL they are preparing to lanuch next BPL and its the start.

  • Desihungama on March 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I watched the entire tournament from Lahore and took a flight back to US the night after finals. I say this for certainty that there is huge praise for the BD team and they were the talk of the town in Pakistan throughout the tournament. Many congrats to their spirited cricket. Though, there is no praise for the Pakistan team from either Cricinfo or the Bangladesh fans, not even mentioning the winner. I hope it changes. Pakistan bowling does not fail consectively. Great team work. Congrats Pakistan!

  • Jawwad123 on March 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Hats off to BD. I watch all your losses and wins but it's not everyday that you make me cry!! I always knew we had it in our blood and thank you for making us hope. Tamim and Shakib proved themselves again and Nasir- what a Tiger!! We could've had the edge if the staff had considered Ash rather than Nazim. Well never mind coz we're proud to be part of you- Tigers. Thanks again for letting us keep our heads high once again and I'm confident we can do it again!!!!

  • mars2009 on March 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Bravo to BD , that might be new beginning of Bangladesh cricket team. Asia Cup is just a tournament. Let us see who is real Asian Champion, that analysis covers all head to head matches rather than selective period / tournaments. Pakistan vs India , the score line is 69-48 in favour of Pakistan. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka again 76-47 in Pakistan's favour. Pakistan vs Bangladesh it is 30-1 in Pakistan's favour. Any taker??

  • muatasim_bd on March 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan for your kind information it is true Bangladesh made ODI debut in 1986 but from 1986-2000 they played around 25 matches before they got their odi and test status in 2000 and is there any regular experienced team that plays only 25 matches in 15 years? .... and as you said Bangladesh didnt win any test in 12 years which is false if you look at the statistics Bangladesh won 3 test matches so far and won 72 ODI matches out of which 21 ODI victories came against strong team since 2005. On the other hand India has been playing cricket since 1932 and if you know your team took 20 years to win their first test which they did it against England in 1952 where Bangladesh took 5 years to win their first test against Zimbabwe in 2005. Remember one thing, it takes a lot of time to build a strong team. If you look at Australia they have been playing cricket for more than 100 years and their test debut was in 1885 and so if you look at Bangladesh they will surely take another 10-15 years

  • tanzim.shamsuddin on March 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Bangladesh may not won the match but they proved the point of being consistent...which was lacking for a long time. Those who follow bd. Cricket then they should know that beating India or Australia or South Africa and then being inconsistent was very prominent. But in this particular tournament bd team showed consistent improvement. @IndnCrktfan: do u kw how long it took for India or newzeland to bag their first test win? How many matches or months? Why having the best batting line up why India is failing to achieve desired result outside subcontinent? Why after so many talks next debate India become afraid of preparing bouncy wickets in India? Answering these question is difficult! But what I'm trying to say is that consistency or improvement can be seen at any given point in time. Being a true cricket fan you should show desired respect to team who is showing signs of improvement.

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    BD played very well in this tournament..They have been playing at home for last two years and they hav gud bunch of cricketers and Shakib is in Prime form now..Also They won all 4 tosses and batted 2nd in every game..so luck was with BD tigers but nonetheless they played unexpectedly well but lets not get over confident and our BD f ans shud not show any attitude rather be nice and respect other big cricketing nations..I always Respect PAK cricket team cuz they hv been not playing home for last few yrs which a very frustrating side for any cricketer..I hv watched all 4 PAK games this Asia Cup and also in Last WC in dhaka and feel pitty for true Pakistanis who r not watching them live...But for BD, i hop its a new beginning..BD shud not loose momentum frm here..Its a new Era in cricket world..thr's no mcgrath, no Akram, No Murali or warne or Lara or Inzi or Dravid..also tendulkar almost on the brink of a retirement so i expect BD to rule this new ERA..its abt time after 13 years...

  • ZsZs on March 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    People have been gaga over Tamim. He got starts and grand standed and did not continue. If you go to stats guru and look at the last 5 years, ODIs, openers you will see that Tamim has played a staggering 107 matches. Of which he has 22 50's and 3 100's. His 50 to 100 ratio is 13.6%, number 40 on the list of most played openers in that period. Compare to that Gibbs has a 100% ratio, Dilshan 85%, Stirling from Ireland 80%, Tendulkar is 40%, and Ahmad Shehza a whopping infinty ration ... and so on. Tamim has squandered opportunities and plays for the grand stand more often than not. He needs to convert! And I encourage statsguru to do the study as well. I am just an amateur - but the sub-par performance, and grandstanding is hurting him more than not.

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    A win is a win, no matter how or by how many. I have no sympathies for BD, it is cricket. Every opponent is another opponent, BD played good but the fact is that Pakistan WON, and we defended 236.. We are awesome. Well played BD but we are too good for you

  • WickyRoy.paklover on March 23, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    @IndnCrctFan absolutely agreed! Though i m a pakistani, i strongly feel that inspite of playng for 20 pls yrs,these bangalis haven't achieve anything so far unfortunatly bt truth z truth n ths z a hard pill to swallow for them tht thir test stats r Way WORST THEN ANY TST PLYNG NATION,had ireland n afghanistan been given ths opurtunity,they would hav performed in much beter manner

  • Shaonx on March 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Oh my god, what a final we had so close but yet too far. My word just when you think this match is about to unfold you will immediately be stunned by the never ending twists. All the credit goes to Bangladesh they have really made the Pakistani to toil for this win. However, Bangladesh should be proud of what they have achieved from this tournament and hope to carry on this momentum in the future matches. Although the tournament end in disappointment but I have got a feeling that there is something special waiting for them just round the corner. Well done Bangladesh for the excellent effort throughout the tournament and we are really proud of you. Better luck next time.......

  • StatisticsRocks on March 23, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @I_amVIVA: India did not lose coz Sachin scored 100 but coz we have the worst bowling attack among test playing nations. This is reality just like BNG losing 82% of test matches and ~73% ODI since playing international cricket.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @i_amVIVA: I watched the game in its entirety as I am fan of cricket. I watch every single test series whether India is playing or not. I am following SA vs. NZ, I watch Aus vs. WI as long as it is test match or ODI and not 20-20. I am sure u mis understood me. Tamim Iqbal played gr8 but he shd learn to carry his bat. Had he stayed there BD would have won. U need to set the bar high. WI are fighting agnst AUS way better than India did. But they are not stopping there and are winning. After playing Intl cricket for so long don't you think its time to start winning and create a team with winning attitude.

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan: and yet BD managed to kick your India out of two major tounaments....with your statistical background, how low do u set the bars for india when u call them 'wrld champs..'

  • ramchagol on March 23, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan

    lol. you should check Indian test history first. it took them TWENTY years before their first test win against England.

  • BowledYa on March 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Agree with the BD fans. I as a Pakistani am happy that we won the cup, but BD are the true winners of this tournament the way they played. Well done and good luck for the future. Another strong team from Asia will be great for cricket.

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Let us host Asia Cup every time . Bangladeshis are real cricket lovers and enjoy good cricket . We can fill stadiums in every match , unlike many of our neighbours .

  • i_amVIVA on March 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan: you must not have watched the game. the game was full of thrill, suspense, and excitement till the last ball. and that was mainly due to bd's superb performance. what else you expect in a game? you sound like an ind fan who celebrates tendulker's 100 but care little about the ind defeat. get out of your pessimism and look at the glass half full. and good luck to ind in the next encounter with bd (:-

  • i_amVIVA on March 23, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    When I commented below for BD captain, I refer to the below posting (the poster has multiple postings thou):

    ======Posted by saqskhan on (March 23 2012, 06:41 AM GMT)==== I totally agree that Bangladesh played good cricket throughout the tournament, but not in the final..reasons for this. 1)When PAK were 70/4, they had a good chance to restrict them under 200 which they couldn't. 2)Mushfiqur Rahim didn't work on bowling changes properly in death overs and brining on Shahadat in last over though he was expensive. 3)Nassir Hossain played very very slow and didnt even able to rotate the strike and batted for many maiden overs. 4)It was unncessary shot played by the Captain Mushfiqur Rahim which was not needed and he pays the penalty. Bangladesh have done a good job but they still have a long way to go to perform under pressure situations..Good luck Bangladesh i hope you will learn from this mistake very soon.

  • i_amVIVA on March 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    To clarify since 'saqskhan' has multiple postings, the posting of "saqskhan on (March 23 2012, 06:41 AM GMT)" is the one I refer to Mr. Mushfiqur Rahim, when I said of "the TRUE FACTUAL points" in my below post of "i_amVIVA on (March 23 2012, 11:49 AM GMT)" earlier. Thank you and best wishes to all.

  • ZsZs on March 23, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Tamim is the best.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Mr. Isam. I am surprised by your article mostly the heading of this article. BD played their first ODI ~ 26 years ago and till now has no tournament victories and yet you are happy with the way they played this tournament. Boy do u set the bar too low or what. BNG started playing test cricket in 2000 and no series win yet after 12 years. BNG have lost ~73% of their ODI and ~82% of test matches. What does this tell u.

  • ht.shajib on March 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Earlier Geoff Boycott on an interview said "Does anybody care about the Asia Cup?" clearly with a very negative tone. Well Mr. Boycott, I think you are wrong. More than billion cricket lovers do care about Asia Cup. And from now on all the participating team will do care for this cup more then ever. Asia Cup is boosted up. And all the credit goes to BANGLADESH.

  • Fogu on March 23, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan, I am extremely happy with the performance of our team but let's not get carried away. In one day matches we may be able to compete more cosistently but we still need to build the infrastructure to support the long term success. We need four day competitive matches to build our mental strengths and skills to improve in Test matches. Hopefully our board president will focus on these aspects instead of interfering with selection process or politicking to get elected to ICC VP role.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Misbah quote "Bangladesh are the true winners" was perfect in showing how far Bangladesh have come. After India's 289 in the first innings nobody was complaining about Sachins and Bangladesh were not expected to reach the target - they did. both Pakistan and India beat Sri Lanka easily but nobody expected Bangladesh to do the same - they did. The final against Pakistan would not be very close and the fans really wanted India v Pakistan - Bangladesh v Pakistan was one of the most exciting finals there has been.

    Bangladesh you have nothing to be ashamed of, you were warriors out there and refused to give up - credit to you all

  • itsTIME4ELImination on March 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Congratulations Bangladesh. Well played.

  • on March 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Hats off to Bangladesh !!!. Pakistan may have won the Asia Cup , but Bangladesh won the hearts of the Pakistanis ...........

  • itsTIME4ELImination on March 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Well with the bowling line up India has, India will certainly concede the World Cup to Bangladesh any day. They might as well celebrate as if they won the World Cup. lol!

  • i_amVIVA on March 23, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Bangladesh captain Mr. Mushfiqur Rahim should note heartedly to the comments from the poster 'saqskhan', those are the TRUE FACTUAL points to take away from the final game. I agree with all of them, and the captain should start working on them from here on. And win will come their way soon. Finally, Congrats to the champ Pakistan, and a heartfelt 'Shab-bash' to my dear Royal Bengal Tigers for presenting such a thrilling Asian Cup Final.

  • Kash0411 on March 23, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    If only Nazimuddin and Nasir Hossain would have paced their innings a little better, the outcome of the match would have been completely different! But, Bangladesh has no reasons to feel down and out, they played high standard cricket throughout the tournament!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    funny to see BD team rated above the winning team Pakistan!.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 23, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    some comments seems like BD won WC! lol

  • saqskhan on March 23, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @bravetigersmustwin..Winning one or two matches is a boost for the team to win the series of 5 or 3, beating the two top teams who qualified for the world cup final is not a joke, i am sure they will be tough for any asian team after this series if they play for a series of 3 or 5...they have potential, but somehow lacking behind in finishing the games and i am sure everyone learn from their mistakes, its not only Bangladesh even Aus, SA sometimes do mistakes..we must applaud the performance of Bangladesh though in the end they loose. To give more confidence to Bangladesh, they should play regular cricket with Pak, Ind & Srilanka...this will definelty help them to come up in future.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    im happy for Bangladesh....keep going tigers.........but it was almost too easy to bat second time around throughout this tournament.....but they still did well

  • S.A.Siddiqui on March 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I think Pakistan should have another Captain for the ODIs. Misbah is a very good Captain but only for the test cricket, not for the ODIs.

  • ummii on March 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Bangladesh should look back at the last over which cost them 19.. This was a decisive & match breaking over.. They should get rid of this bowler for some years.

  • on March 23, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Love to Bangladesh and hats off to them for competing so hard through out the tornament all the best for there bright future in cricket and keep winning and improving !

  • Fawwad_Siddiqui on March 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I'm a pakistani cricket fan and I would love to say that bangladesh has gained alot of respect in cricketing world through this tournament....they've beaten two strong sides...and came very near to beat Pakistan twice....Hope to see similar performance from them in near future....they lacked pinch hitters which they have got in form of mushfiq and shakib, nasir hossain to stabilize middle order and an openner like tamim...they just need to look for an attacking fast bowler and they would be a complete package

  • Q72941 on March 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    For Team-Banglam, The only right thing to say is " The Tigers have arrived." Boys keep up your heads & give us the same intensity from now on. You have definitely extended your fan-club. Good luck for future.

  • bravetigersmustwin on March 23, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @version1902 I agree Bangladesh cricket has improved a lot, but do you think if they had won asia cup they would have lived upto that reputation. They will definitely lose a 5 ODI series against asia countries like pakistan, india and srilanka. Bangladesh can beat any team, but that happens once in a blue moon. But im sure in future they will give other asian teams even more challenges. For now they have proved that they are one of the best ODI team who can win matches against any team. They have to grow up to win a series against big teams. This tournament should have been even longer with more matches.

  • taufique_atique on March 23, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    This tournament should be the perfect platform for Bangladesh on their way to be world beaters. They were the most consistent team in the tournament. They showed what is the value of teamwork in cricket. This tournament also showed the world the calibre of Shakib Al Hasan, our SUPERMAN. This guy definitely deserves more appreciation from foreign countries as he's world's best allrounder now.

  • nzmrana on March 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    bravetigersmustwin- your comments are not true man !!!!!Bangladesh can do anything now!!! This team is totally different man!! mind it!

  • anshu.s on March 23, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Bangladesh deserve all the praise coming there way but they should have chased the total yesterday,i feel that 50 over game is not ideal for Nazimuddin and Mehmadullah,similary last two matches exposed limited strokeplay of Nasir Hussain.Bangladesh to build a aggressive oneday team neads player like Anamul Haque/Ashraful Haque,in BPL i was also impressed by Mominul Haque who looks like a star n i have heard a lot about Asif Ahmed.All these guys plus Sakib n Tamim will give BD a formidable look.India might have not reached the final but they are best batting side in Asia by a country mile.

  • braveknight on March 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Excellence is only felt in defeat, not in successes, as many who succeeded know what I mean. That feeling of joy only lasts for a while, whereas defeats, at best the close ones, inspire until you die..These are Begal Tigers we are talking about not some underdogs no more..c'mon tigers, you make cricket proud!

  • version1902 on March 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @bravetigersmustwin: what you want to say is, Bangladesh qualify for final because the other teams weren't good enough or there was some problem with the fixture.or home pitches. why can't you see the performances given by the Bangladesh players as a unit? why can't you see the progress in their game? why can't you see the way they handle the pressure? In this tournament,they were by far the most consistent team.they played extremely well in all departments.As a Pakistani,i am happy to see my team win,but i can't stop myself from praising the Bangladesh team.inshAllah Bangladesh team will get many more opportunities like this one.

  • SanatAttavar on March 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to the The Bangladesh Cricket Team. They did really put up a great show right through the tournament. A win in the final would have been icing on the cake but nevertheless they won many hearts as always. Wish you all the very best going ahead and Stuart Law really seems to be doing his job well. Want to mention the cricket in BPL was good as well. Way to go BANGLA!!!

  • Arsalan-Alam on March 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. Naturally I am happy that my team won but do let me tell you that Bangladesh have impressed everyone with their spirited performance right through the tournament and while Pakistan won the cup, Bangladesh did more; they won the hearts of every cricket loving person.

    Best of luck Bangladesh and may this performance (during entire Asia Cup) serve you well many future tournaments.

  • bravetigersmustwin on March 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Pakistan truely deserved this cup. Just by winning 2 big teams in a row in their home team, they cant become asia champions. They won sri lanka when lions are injured after 2 long series and they won india because of sachin's selfish game 114 runs of 147 balls, literally wasted 33 balls on a flat track placid pitch. but i would say bangladesh missed this great chance, because they can't get similar opportunity like this 1. playing in their home pitch. 2. sachin playing selfish game and weak indian bowling attack 3. Very small series i.e. win 2 matches and go to final (really stupid) 4. Unbalanced srilakan team with lot of injured players. I would say bangladesh is tested more than their level in this tournament and they performed well. But this tournament is not upto asia champion level. This is really worst fixtures. Just one game to play against each team. Can bangladesh win a series against india or sri lanka or pakistan. How can they expect to be asia champion. learn temperament

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    I am proud of being a bangladeshi.We are the real champion

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    I think it was first time i prayed for a win for team which doesnt belong to my country! Bangladesh Team deserved a Win, youngsters cracking one of the three toughest teams in ome tournament! Hats off to Bangla Team! Keep your heads-up boys...looking forward to see you ruining Kangaroos and Proteans! Thanks for Making my evening exciting!

  • tayyab_38 on March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Bangladesh performance was applaudable, no doubt about that, bowling is the department where they need to improve and their top batsmen should know how to convert their 50s into big innings. Pakistan on the other hand were equally desperate for a win, how their batting revived itself after stumbling in the middle overs and bowling was at highest level of professionalism except few overs, even though Cheema proved to be worthy in the end but I still believe that Pakistan was better off playing another spinnner AbdulRehman in these conditions instead of a quick.

  • saqskhan on March 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I totally agree that Bangladesh played good cricket throughout the tournament, but not in the final..reasons for this. 1)When PAK were 70/4, they had a good chance to restrict them under 200 which they couldn't. 2)Mushfiqur Rahim didn't work on bowling changes properly in death overs and brining on Shahadat in last over though he was expensive. 3)Nassir Hossain played very very slow and didnt even able to rotate the strike and batted for many maiden overs. 4)It was unncessary shot played by the Captain Mushfiqur Rahim which was not needed and he pays the penalty. Bangladesh have done a good job but they still have a long way to go to perform under pressure situations..Good luck Bangladesh i hope you will learn from this mistake very soon.

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Bangladesh's performance was great in this tournament they played outstanding cricket and they sent a message that a new force of cricket is rising from Asia. Tigers have come of age.

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Its not like that we lost yesterday.. Its just that we could not get a tangible victory... In our hearts Tigers r the Champions !!!

  • Ahmed00 on March 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    The determination showed by Bangladesh players; won the hearts of everyone. Even I ( A Pakistani Team Fan) became emotional after watching tears in eyes of Bangladeshi players and crowd. Good job by Team Pakistan as well as they didn,t over joy and showed good respect to the Bangladeshi talented players by appreciating their game.

  • chishtyirfan on March 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan for winning Asia Cup !!! Congratulation Bangladesh for winning hearts !!! Bravo

  • pradeep_dealwis on March 23, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Really impressed with Bangladesh's performance. Despite our great freindship with Pakistan, i can tell you almost every Sri Lankan cricket lover was rooting for Bangladesh. In many ways it reminds us of 1996. I'm sure this is just the start for Bangla. Also next time hopefully Afgahnistan would also be in the Asia Cup, Another team to look out for. With the right exposure and experience they could also be world beaters one day!

  • getsetgopk on March 23, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Bangladesh by now would have a clear picture of what its like to compete on a bigger stage and mind you it takes a lot to succeed at this level and they have shown that they can back themselves up for win in crunch situations. If they want to succeed in future endeavours like this one they must find a couple of world class bowlers like Ajmjal, Afridi and Gul, its that touch of extra guile and pace that makes the difference on the highest level of world cricket

  • Sports4Youth on March 23, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I seriously believe that the way they played their cricket, Bangladesh deserved to win. In anycase they defeated two of the Asian Giants and almost defeated the third one, twice. Having said that now the whole world should know the bangladesh cannot be taken for granted. And obviously they know that you know that they cannot be taken for granted. This should open a new chapter in Bangladesh Cricket.

  • on March 23, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    One line fOr BangLadesh As A PAKISTANI.. " You gained Our respect Brothers" :)..yOu proved hOw MaGNificient u could be So hats off :) !

  • smukhles on March 23, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Mr. Isam, I do agree with almost everything you said but definitely would like to point out the professionalism and experience of the Pakistani Team who perhaps knows better than the Bangladeshi boys how to win a close match. Apart from handing the ball to Shahadat Hussain in the final over ( unless Mushfiqur Rahim had no other choice ) and the scoring of 16 in 52 balls, that made the difference. True, Bangladesh has shown big sign of progress in this tournament but I think there is a little more distance to go for them. I am equally sad with the entire nation for loosing by only 2 runs and sincerely hope that their blue print will be far better for their future cricket. By the way Dollar Mahmood or Farhad Reza would be better than Shahadat, last couple of days I did see lots of comments in cricinfo from fans around the world mentioning and warning about the inclusion of Shahadat in this squad, many of them said he would indeed be expensive, at the end of the day they were wright.

  • brishtibalok on March 23, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    there were many mistakes done by the boys, however, i feel not to blame them for their mistakes. success & failures walk together, smtimes u need to catch failures hand to have better success! no matter whether we won or lost, we shown up we r no more a team to b under estimated! we lost the match yet shown we r the nxt superpower of asia! itz the time to strike the world cricket!

  • on March 23, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    I think this is the turn around of Bangladesh cricket. Its very similar to what Sri linka did in 1996 world cup. Although Bangladesh couldn't finish it off still they have beaten Srilanka and India and gave tough time to Pakistan.Well done to them but now they should really build on this and go further!

  • vattettan on March 23, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Probably the first time I wished so bad that BD should have won! Till now I was so disappointed and even started hating them playing esp at test level. Teams that were showing much better fighting like Ireland were looked better. But now BD played 4 matches on the trot with great fighting spirit! Probably the first time! For me, being an Indian, India comes first. Then I like to support Pakistan and Srilanka. Have to think were to put BD now! But I am still cautious and not really accepting they are into this league yet. Let us wait and watch. But if they keep doing this, hopefully its not long before they will be really there at the top level!

  • Asif-500 on March 23, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Pakistan may got the trophy but our tigers won the heart of cricket fans all over the world. Even indian, pakistani and srilankan fans are also start loving tigers. We the people of tigerland always love u tigers. Proud to be a Bangladeshi...

  • fr600 on March 23, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Well written article except for one fact, i.e. after Law we have seen some significant changes in the player's attitudes, and I'm sure Law will take us further ahead. I think he knows what he's doing and he doesn't need to be told.

  • on March 23, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I am happy that Pak is an Asian Champion now but on the other , hats off to Bangladesh for their magnificent performance in Asia Cup. Its win for Bangladesh, Absolutely wonderful to see Bangali fighting like tigers and surprisingly , most of my Facebook friends status updates post match were great respect for Bangladesh. This why I say Bangladesh won hearts.

    On the other hand, wonderful performance by Pak, considering they did not had a single cricket game at home, they are producing consistent results , really tough for them but they are pulling it off now and then which is very encouraging.

    Best of Luck to Bangladesh, I foresee , the big moment is not too far away if you keep up your fighting spirit. Best Regards and Respects to Bangladesh fans, A Pakistani Supporter!

  • on March 23, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Hats off to our boys. They have done something unthinkable even 2 weeks ago. The Tigers shouldn't think much about the defeat,it's hard and a new experience for the supporters too but they should take inspiration & look forward. Board should also realize it's high time we create a strong & long domestic calender with foreign A teams touring. BPL helped because majority of the overseas players challenged & that forced our boys to raise their game. We can play as much club cricket as we want,it won't help. We can't depend on natural talent only. The franchises of BPL can tag along with a traditional club to expand their activities for a longer period,like England & South Africa. In that way the domestic teams can play in more tournaments. Also that'll inject money in the first class structure. Clubs will move to the franchise home towns and spread the game to the grass root level. In a country where most things don't go right, cricket is our inspiration that united effort can go forward

  • mm71 on March 23, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    It was an awesome display from Bangladesh. For a country with so much passion for cricket, for some reason, BD was not performing at par with the other Asian teams. Hopefully, the performance in Asia Cup would spur them to better results. Wish to see the BD team in India soon.

  • on March 23, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    WE ARE THE REAL WINNERS.

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    WE ARE THE REAL WINNERS.

  • mm71 on March 23, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    It was an awesome display from Bangladesh. For a country with so much passion for cricket, for some reason, BD was not performing at par with the other Asian teams. Hopefully, the performance in Asia Cup would spur them to better results. Wish to see the BD team in India soon.

  • on March 23, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Hats off to our boys. They have done something unthinkable even 2 weeks ago. The Tigers shouldn't think much about the defeat,it's hard and a new experience for the supporters too but they should take inspiration & look forward. Board should also realize it's high time we create a strong & long domestic calender with foreign A teams touring. BPL helped because majority of the overseas players challenged & that forced our boys to raise their game. We can play as much club cricket as we want,it won't help. We can't depend on natural talent only. The franchises of BPL can tag along with a traditional club to expand their activities for a longer period,like England & South Africa. In that way the domestic teams can play in more tournaments. Also that'll inject money in the first class structure. Clubs will move to the franchise home towns and spread the game to the grass root level. In a country where most things don't go right, cricket is our inspiration that united effort can go forward

  • on March 23, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I am happy that Pak is an Asian Champion now but on the other , hats off to Bangladesh for their magnificent performance in Asia Cup. Its win for Bangladesh, Absolutely wonderful to see Bangali fighting like tigers and surprisingly , most of my Facebook friends status updates post match were great respect for Bangladesh. This why I say Bangladesh won hearts.

    On the other hand, wonderful performance by Pak, considering they did not had a single cricket game at home, they are producing consistent results , really tough for them but they are pulling it off now and then which is very encouraging.

    Best of Luck to Bangladesh, I foresee , the big moment is not too far away if you keep up your fighting spirit. Best Regards and Respects to Bangladesh fans, A Pakistani Supporter!

  • fr600 on March 23, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Well written article except for one fact, i.e. after Law we have seen some significant changes in the player's attitudes, and I'm sure Law will take us further ahead. I think he knows what he's doing and he doesn't need to be told.

  • Asif-500 on March 23, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Pakistan may got the trophy but our tigers won the heart of cricket fans all over the world. Even indian, pakistani and srilankan fans are also start loving tigers. We the people of tigerland always love u tigers. Proud to be a Bangladeshi...

  • vattettan on March 23, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Probably the first time I wished so bad that BD should have won! Till now I was so disappointed and even started hating them playing esp at test level. Teams that were showing much better fighting like Ireland were looked better. But now BD played 4 matches on the trot with great fighting spirit! Probably the first time! For me, being an Indian, India comes first. Then I like to support Pakistan and Srilanka. Have to think were to put BD now! But I am still cautious and not really accepting they are into this league yet. Let us wait and watch. But if they keep doing this, hopefully its not long before they will be really there at the top level!

  • on March 23, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    I think this is the turn around of Bangladesh cricket. Its very similar to what Sri linka did in 1996 world cup. Although Bangladesh couldn't finish it off still they have beaten Srilanka and India and gave tough time to Pakistan.Well done to them but now they should really build on this and go further!

  • brishtibalok on March 23, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    there were many mistakes done by the boys, however, i feel not to blame them for their mistakes. success & failures walk together, smtimes u need to catch failures hand to have better success! no matter whether we won or lost, we shown up we r no more a team to b under estimated! we lost the match yet shown we r the nxt superpower of asia! itz the time to strike the world cricket!

  • smukhles on March 23, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Mr. Isam, I do agree with almost everything you said but definitely would like to point out the professionalism and experience of the Pakistani Team who perhaps knows better than the Bangladeshi boys how to win a close match. Apart from handing the ball to Shahadat Hussain in the final over ( unless Mushfiqur Rahim had no other choice ) and the scoring of 16 in 52 balls, that made the difference. True, Bangladesh has shown big sign of progress in this tournament but I think there is a little more distance to go for them. I am equally sad with the entire nation for loosing by only 2 runs and sincerely hope that their blue print will be far better for their future cricket. By the way Dollar Mahmood or Farhad Reza would be better than Shahadat, last couple of days I did see lots of comments in cricinfo from fans around the world mentioning and warning about the inclusion of Shahadat in this squad, many of them said he would indeed be expensive, at the end of the day they were wright.