Australia v Bangladesh, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 31, 2014

Time for Bangladesh to pay their faithful back

Bangladesh's fans' love seems unconditional. Despair is always quickly shelved to give their 'Tigers' all support their can muster. The question is, can the team show they deserve that adoring public?
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This has been the routine during each Bangladesh match in the World T20 in Mirpur: people start assembling on the roads outside the Shere Bangla Stadium hours before the game. Several of them do not have a ticket, they have no hope of getting in, but they just stand there patiently, on the pavement, on the road divider.

Those who get in shout "Bangladesh, Bangladesh" in unison as soon as they get the first glimpse of their "Tigers" running onto the field. It is a long word - Bangladesh. You need to say it with intensity and fervour to get it all out in one, powerful shout. The crowd is never lacking in both.

Then the names of the Bangladesh players are announced, slowly, one by one, giving the crowd enough time to react to each one. The big stars - Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim - get the loudest cheers. 'Cheer' is actually an understatement. These are full-blooded, deep-throated roars. You have to have unshakeable faith in something down to your deepest core to be able to let out this roar.

To the outsider, it is like someone has stuck you, without warning, with a high-dose injection of adrenaline. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain in words how they sound. It is also difficult to find a parallel elsewhere. Cricketers are widely adored in India and Pakistan too. But this feels different. These roars are like blank cheques with lifetime validity. Signed by the fans, for the players. Maybe the combination of Eden Gardens and Sourav Ganguly comes close. Maybe it is a Bengali thing.

The match starts. Bangladesh threaten to make it a contest for the first couple of overs or so. Tamim Iqbal thumps a boundary. The crowd is delirious. He gets out. Deafening delirium turns into deafening silence, but only momentarily. Shakib has to be welcomed to the middle, and again, no effort is spared in making him know how loved he is. Shakib is soon bowled. The same pattern is repeated. It is the captain who has to be ushered in with a verbal shower of rose petals this time. Mushfiqur smacks a few boundaries. If there exists a state beyond delirium, the stadium has reached it after these blows. Then even Mushfiqur falls, bringing back that momentary disappointment.

This state of delirium is a constant, parallel narrative at every Bangladesh match. It only pauses very briefly to register the fall of a Bangladesh wicket, or an opposition boundary. It ends with their defeat, and it resumes just before the start of their next match. It plays out in loop. Delirium. Pause. Delirium. Pause. Delirium. Defeat. Repeat.

Love is blind, they say. They must have had Bangladesh cricket fans in mind when they said it. In fact, this love goes further than mere blindness. It is only one side that is being blind to the other's faults here. For how much this love takes out of Bangladesh fans - time, money, emotion, their voices, with so much cheering - what they get in return can charitably be only called crumbs.

You are the host team of a world tournament. This is your home. These are your conditions. You have grown up playing on these grounds. Yet, your captain says early into the main round of the tournament that his team has nothing to lose. This is what Mushfiqur had said during the previous World T20 too, which was also played on the subcontinent. He also added this time that Bangladesh's major aim would be to compete with other teams in their group. Imagine MS Dhoni saying this at the start of the 2011 World Cup. Nothing to lose. Compete, as opposed to win. If you can imagine the impossible, now imagine the reaction of Indian fans.

Bangladesh cricketers are an incalculably fortunate lot to be blessed by such a loyal following. It is incredible that your three biggest stars can make 5, 6 and 16, 0, 1 and 38, and 22, 24 and 2 in a global tournament at home, and the fans' affection for them does not even as much as wobble. That you can lose three successive T20s in a world tournament by the heavy margins of 73 runs, eight wickets and 50 runs, and the fans' affection for the team does not even as much as wobble.

For once, can Bangladesh actually play like they have nothing to lose in this World T20? Can they actually compete? They have one final opportunity, against Australia. It won't make their relationship with their fans any less one-sided, but it will be some sort of a surprise parting gift for the Bangladesh cheering party that will doubtless, and regardless, happen in the Mirpur stands.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Respect Mr Abhishek Purohit. You couldn't have used the words any better. Loved each and every part of this article. Probably one of the best cricket writings I have read in the last few weeks. Do keep up the good work. #TigersForLife

  • on April 2, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Thank You Mr Abhishek Purohit, it literally brought tears to my eyes ... and i do believe that the tigers will rise!!

  • on April 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    We didn't done according to our strength ..But we are still hoping we will do better and be good in 2015 world cup :)

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    BD is blessed that they have the best supporters, but then, BD cricketers need to learn to play according to the match's character and paly more professional. there is always bad games and bad lucks, but good effort is what everyone expects!

  • on April 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Thnq Mr. Purohit!!! U have just read my mind, Our Mind!

  • on April 1, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    great article. very well written and the emotion has been perfectly depicted. thanks a lot...

  • ScottStevo on April 1, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    As an Aussie fan, I wouldn't mind seeing BD win today to repay the hordes of fans that have made this tournament. They've seemingly been there in droves to each and every game and the atmosphere within the ground has appeared to be great. A win to Aus here won't do much other than soothe a bruised ego, but for BD, a win here would be huge. As much as I never wish to see Aus lose - and with great respect for BD, to hear the repercussions if we do - I for one wouldn't begrude this nation an epic finale. Hope it's a great game and best of luck to both sides...

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    you described us the bangladeshi crowd very beautifully. Thank you and massive respect to you Sir for your beautiful piece of literature!

  • on April 1, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    My heartfelt thanks to Abhishek Purohit for putting the emotion in words so wonderfully that runs in the vein of every tiger fans!! But i completely disagree to the comments made here saying Bangladersh has not made any improvement. Please get your facts right before making such comments!! Interestingly most of these comments come from loyal indian supporters who never left supporting their team in their lean patch!! I guess you get startled by our unending passion and love for our team!!

  • skazam on April 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Purohit. Your feature properly reflected the feeling of all Bangladeshi fans. Yes, we are not hopeless. Whatever our tigers do, we are with them. We were with them, when we knew that lose is evidential but some small individual performance like a fifty/3 wickets/200+ team score delighted us. We are with them with their great victory/good times. We are with them even in their temporary bad times like now on.

    G O T I G E R S, G O A H E A D.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Respect Mr Abhishek Purohit. You couldn't have used the words any better. Loved each and every part of this article. Probably one of the best cricket writings I have read in the last few weeks. Do keep up the good work. #TigersForLife

  • on April 2, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Thank You Mr Abhishek Purohit, it literally brought tears to my eyes ... and i do believe that the tigers will rise!!

  • on April 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    We didn't done according to our strength ..But we are still hoping we will do better and be good in 2015 world cup :)

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    BD is blessed that they have the best supporters, but then, BD cricketers need to learn to play according to the match's character and paly more professional. there is always bad games and bad lucks, but good effort is what everyone expects!

  • on April 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Thnq Mr. Purohit!!! U have just read my mind, Our Mind!

  • on April 1, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    great article. very well written and the emotion has been perfectly depicted. thanks a lot...

  • ScottStevo on April 1, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    As an Aussie fan, I wouldn't mind seeing BD win today to repay the hordes of fans that have made this tournament. They've seemingly been there in droves to each and every game and the atmosphere within the ground has appeared to be great. A win to Aus here won't do much other than soothe a bruised ego, but for BD, a win here would be huge. As much as I never wish to see Aus lose - and with great respect for BD, to hear the repercussions if we do - I for one wouldn't begrude this nation an epic finale. Hope it's a great game and best of luck to both sides...

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    you described us the bangladeshi crowd very beautifully. Thank you and massive respect to you Sir for your beautiful piece of literature!

  • on April 1, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    My heartfelt thanks to Abhishek Purohit for putting the emotion in words so wonderfully that runs in the vein of every tiger fans!! But i completely disagree to the comments made here saying Bangladersh has not made any improvement. Please get your facts right before making such comments!! Interestingly most of these comments come from loyal indian supporters who never left supporting their team in their lean patch!! I guess you get startled by our unending passion and love for our team!!

  • skazam on April 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Purohit. Your feature properly reflected the feeling of all Bangladeshi fans. Yes, we are not hopeless. Whatever our tigers do, we are with them. We were with them, when we knew that lose is evidential but some small individual performance like a fifty/3 wickets/200+ team score delighted us. We are with them with their great victory/good times. We are with them even in their temporary bad times like now on.

    G O T I G E R S, G O A H E A D.

  • shakilsaykat on April 1, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    once upon a time,we dream that "bangladesh will play like australia". now,the dreams come true bangladesh is now playing like australia

  • on April 1, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Thank you Mr Abhishek Purohit. You wrote really perfect things here. Really Appreciate.

  • tickcric on April 1, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    "These roars are like blank cheques with lifetime validity" sure it feels like that Abhishek but perhaps that's an exaggeration. Bangladesh used to be mad about football. Now with the onslaught of cricket they have basically dumped their affection for football and taken up cricket as the new love. It is intense there, very intense but it's not ever faithful perhaps.

  • on April 1, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Thanx from the core of our BD Fans heart......Simply Superb Article it is! Thanks once again Purohit.

  • Salkhan10 on April 1, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    looking at the pathetic condition of my beloved team bangladesh,I can not but sincerely hope that ICC will introduce the system of demotion similar to football club. This is the only way bangladesh can arrest their steady downfall. The system will allow bottom placed country to compete with the associate members once again to prove their worth to join their full members countries.

  • tiger1984 on April 1, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    got a gut feeling aussies will be reeling today

  • i_amVIVA on April 1, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Is anything possible in T20, can the bangla remember their impossible mission off WC2007 against star stud india team, can they remember that a number of that team members are still in the team, and now can anything possible tomorrow? Only time will tell.

  • on April 1, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    " These are full-blooded, deep-throated roars. You have to have unshakeable faith in something down to your deepest core to be able to let out this roar. To the outsider, it is like someone has stuck you, without warning, with a high-dose injection of adrenaline. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain in words how they sound. It is also difficult to find a parallel elsewhere. Cricketers are widely adored in India and Pakistan too. But this feels different. These roars are like blank cheques with lifetime validity. Signed by the fans, for the players."

  • Ripped_Hunk on April 1, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    There's a saying in Bengali which English translation will be something like --- "A mother will embrace her new born child no matter he is deaf, dumb, ugly or amputee". Like wise Bangladeshi people will always stand behind these players no matter how bad they play.

  • on April 1, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    One qualifier (Holland) put the need for introspection into the hearts of one half of the Ashes pair (England), on very many aspects of the latters' game. Now, would the other qualifier (BD) do the same favour with the other half of the Ashes pair (Australia)? Then, 'invarariably' OZ will take a deep breath, and accept the fact that they are the kings on pacy / bouncy / swinging pitches; but paupers in the slow / low / turning ones. And, do something about it. Shane Warne's legacy need to be preserved. Who is worthy of taking over the baton from Warne's hands? So far, none! A team can be called true "World Champions" only if they do well on all kinds of pitches.

    The same argument holds good for India too, in an obverse way. And, should do something 'more' about it, without getting "drunk" on the euphoria of wins in BD. And, that too fast. Before the full tours to Aus & England. India should not be fooled by the misery of Aus & Eng in B'Desh! I am saying this well in advance !

  • IndianInnerEdge on April 1, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Well...u still gotta admire the love the fans have for their team, this is their national identity, their presence on the world stage. I do feel sorry for the bangla fans but do feel confident that with time, with more $$ and facilities Banglas will surely improve and challenge the others - eg look at SL the way they overcame their dark not so confident days to reach where they are, look at the way India who were the easy beats of cricket until the 70's andmuch of the 70's as well...for me as a neutral i like the Bangla fervour and passion and wish all the best to them....Joy Bangla from ur indian fan :)

  • on April 1, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    @Shahid Zaman

    Australia 86. England 88. New Zealand 60. Bangladesh scored 98, 138, 140 and you say them to forfeit? Where on earth did you get your weed from? ;)

  • on April 1, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    We were with them when they were nothing, we are with them when they are something and we will be with them always. hope they will improve.....

  • Bang_La on April 1, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Beautiful piece Abhi! Thank you. (Now its time that you learn Bengali to understand the praises and abuses hurled at the players. Believe me, the latter is equally funny!) :)

  • Zakirali on April 1, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Which ever ways you look it's a joke... Shameful and shameful... I am follower but the way it's being this wct20 make me wanna give up watching the game

  • BD_Cricketer on March 31, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    @Shahid Zaman - Before Bashing Bangladesh on every chance you get, please try to think about the overall performance of the so called BIG names as well. Australia didnt do better than Bangladesh until now in this T20 tounament. They even managed to get all out for 86 against India. WOw!!

    England got thrashed in their tour to Aus this summer in all Test, ODI and T20. Poor team even lost to Ned now hopelessly. Hmm....only problem is when Bangladesh loose to an associate!

    In last 8 test that BD has played - they won 1, lost 3 and drw 4. On the other hand the last 8 test England played - they won 1, lost 5 and drwd 2. So which performance you think is better?? Dont just bash a team just for the shake of bashing. Otherwise you look "Intellectually" disabled.

  • MULLIK on March 31, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Bangladeshi's love and support the team not because it plays good cricket but because they belong to this country. If Australia loses this match do you think Australians will stop supporting their team? I think the cricket administration in BD is in a total disarray and this is being reflected in the performance, body language and attitude of the players. Year after year BD has failed to hire a good coach. Who they find? Someone who is experienced in a few 1st class cricket matches, not even a single international match or some one who has played just one test match. Year after year the team has lacked the guidance of a fielding or bowling coach. Most of the players are self taught and self grown. A friend of mine once said that BD was going through its golden era which is now over exactly what happened to BD soccer. I will still support the team. Will the players and official bank on this only?

  • dulabari on March 31, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Nice article. But this is not true that Bangladeshi cricketers have not returned anything. It produced the Test and ODI number one all-rounder of the world for several years to make the fans proud. It also produced two Wisdon cricketer of the years. It provided hapiness to the fans by winning series against NZ twice and WI. Fans were very proud when BD team went to the 2nd round of 2007 WC by beating India and SA, etc etc.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 31, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    what an excellent article. thanks mr purohit. i think loosing the 1st odi with sri lanka messed up everything for us. loosing that match from that situation was really stupid n it took a toll to the confidence of our players otherwise the story could have been different. but everything will be fine one way or another

  • eastberry on March 31, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    shahid@ your comments to BD team not good at all. you will see tomorrow!

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 31, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    All I can say is I feel VERY SORRY for the BD public. So much hope, love and passion shown towards their team. Surely, BD cannot beat Australia no matter how poorly the latter team played. If they do beat Australia though, it will at least give something for these people to cheer about.

  • on March 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    showing such loyality to own team whatever be the result is really something nice that the fan of other teams can follow. I don't think their main problem is not lack of skill but lack of consistency. anyway I feel Australia match their last and best chance to prove themselve. they will get such a devastated and hapless australia team. take more spinner and attack australia. best of luck from India

  • tapanguc on March 31, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Some of the comments against bangladesh team really shocking...i dont know why people commenting like that..Bangladesh team is not as bad as it shows this days..the average batting score is more than 140...and bangladesh never lost within 15 overs...shouldnt say like this please..Bangladesh team is hugely depends on Tamim's bat stats shows that..but unfortunately he is out of form that costing us the win..if someone follows cricket then he has to believe bangladesh team is in right track...very soon it will be shown in the result..bangladesh team management has to make stable team ...only then success would come consistently..5 days ago..i wrote a comment on a topic ..not to use masrafe in the death overs..but they didnt believe..u could see the impact of using him at death over in the match against pakistan ( 30th march ) i said it from his stats..management should analyze the stats too.should use al-amin and...the best bowler of specific day at the death overs.good luck next time.

  • akramabed939 on March 31, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Sending Khaled Mashud to an early retirement and replacing him with then inexperienced Mushfiq Rahim, was one of the many disastrous decisions BCB officials have ever made. Since then their experiment with Mushy has proven to be a failure and Bangladesh suffered many defeats (not saying mushy is the only player responsible for BD's defeats). Now, the officials will repeat the same mistake by replacing Mushy with Amanul and after couple of years when the Amanul experiment fails and they will find someone new to replace him. BCB officials will keep repeating the same mistakes and ordinary cricket crazed fan like us will continue to suffer into oblivion. PLEASE END IT NOW!!

  • on March 31, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Thanks Abhishek!!! An excellent article for the BD fans

  • akramabed939 on March 31, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Sending Khaled Mashud to an early retirement and replacing him with then inexperienced Mushfiq Rahim, was one of the many disastrous decisions BCB officials have ever made. Since then their experiment with Mushy has proven to be a failure and Bangladesh suffered many defeats (not saying mushy is the only player responsible for BD's defeats). Now, the officials will repeat the same mistake by replacing Mushy with Amanul and after couple of years when the Amanul experiment fails and they will find someone new to replace him. BCB officials will keep repeating the same mistakes and ordinary cricket crazed fan like us will continue to suffer into oblivion. PLEASE END IT NOW!!

  • on March 31, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Brilliant and very insightful article. Congratulations to the author.

    This is the key reasons for the unacceptable failure of this team, they simply do not get the requisite and criticism for their abject performances. The fans do not complain hard enough and then very quickly forget. This is equally true of the media and corporate sector who fawn over these players with undeserved corporate sponsorship deals and apologetic press coverage.

    It's actually little wonder these players think that the crumbs they deliver should be more than enough for their fans to feast on. Personally, I think its unacceptable and a disgrace. I just wish more Bangladeshi fans would be as objective and truthful in their assessments as I am.

    Until that happens, this facade will continue, but very quickly Bangladesh will rightfully be dumped out of test status and only then will th penny drop. But maybe thats the shock the fans and the players need for the correction to occur.

  • on March 31, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    very nicely described article Abhishek... Thank you...

  • Anan3t on March 31, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    we hardly care the next match against Australia. What we care is Mushfiq saying good bye to captaincy. The ship is in the wrong man's hand! Now, we need a proper hand to dock the ship safely.

  • TinuTapori on March 31, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Bangladesh became full ICC member in 1997. In these 17 years, there has been zero improvement. There are once-in-a-while one off matches where they beat a test-playing nation, but those are quite rare. One would expect at least some level of improvement, yet Bangladesh is not any more of a threat than Ireland, Scotland etc. ICC should seriously considering giving full membership to nations such as Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, Afghanistan because they play equally well as Bangladesh. Or perhaps, revoke full membership and give Bangladesh a reason to improve and work their way to become a member again. Revoke full membership and perhaps that will be an incentive for them to unite and work harder to WIN matches. With the current scenario, the team seems content and happy if they can just give a little hard time to the opposing time - winning is not the top priority.

  • on March 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    If only the Bangladesh team actually understood this and also it would be great if they read this article. Mostly true and i dont understand how an underachieving lot still get adored!

  • Umair_umair on March 31, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    I think Bangla fans should also think about it. I think they are putting too much pressure on their team. I think bangla team is playing with a pressure of Win, not enjoying the game as a Sport. Its heaps of expectation; thats why, even if they win one match fans treat like winning a world cup. Need to be normal and cool down. I think BAngladesh's batting is better than many teams in sub continent conditions.

  • almasud11 on March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Mr Purohit, being a Bangladeshi fan, I want my team to win. I also have to think of the strength of my team compared to others. T-20 has become a format where your team needs to have really unique or unorthodox to succeed- specially with of Spinners of srilanka, india, pakistan, west indies or brute force in batting. I don't think Bangladesh has either. Probably batting of Bangladesh was their uniqueness, in a way, which did not click. But this is not the end of the world. I am pretty sure we are developing the other unique aspects. The big teams didn't develop such aspects in one day.

  • on March 31, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    wow.i am spellbound, enthralled ,speechless!! so true . very well written article avishek! every word just pinched my heart like a dagger stabbed in the middle.so this is how truth feels.

  • Captainman on March 31, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Bangladesh are simply a poor Cricket team unfortunately. I agree with the writer here and how heartbreaking it is for the passionate bangla fans where every time they have to suffer from these humiliating performances from those Bangladesh players. The talent is there but with poor infrastructure, no focus of first class Cricket and placid pitches, Bangladesh will continue to struggle. They have the money but they are not working on those things for some reason.

  • Praxis on March 31, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    180 million people jam-packed in an area of 57 thousand square-miles, this is a country where nothing follows the norm or goes according to the established pattern... be it politics, economy or even sports. I still can't figure out how do we all keep up this much enthusiasm. But our cricketers better remember, everything has a tipping point :)

  • on March 31, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Excellent article and sums up the scenario perfectly.

  • on March 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Bangladesh do have the potentiality to win significantly against top teams such as Australia, India, Sri Lanka, but in this tournament, they are just backing upon their fan support and going out to play. Their plans lacked incentive and wer in total disarray in the Group Stage Games. The killing instinct was missing in the side, which helps in winning crunch games vs. top teams. However all is not lost for Bangladesh, they have to prove their mettle against a morally depleted Australian side, both teams have nothing to lose, so this will prove Bangladesh's mettle and the least they can do is treat their fans by defeating Australia in a "Matter of Pride" situation.

  • BARFI on March 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    With this Bangladesh team (MY BD TEAM WHOM I LOVE SO MUCH) I don't see any success. Some of our players think that they are the best and we cannot live without them. Thanks Mushfiq for telling us that but boss you must resign if you have any sense left in you.

  • hasan_eee on March 31, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    We r always with our team no matter what happend.

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  • hasan_eee on March 31, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    We r always with our team no matter what happend.

  • BARFI on March 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    With this Bangladesh team (MY BD TEAM WHOM I LOVE SO MUCH) I don't see any success. Some of our players think that they are the best and we cannot live without them. Thanks Mushfiq for telling us that but boss you must resign if you have any sense left in you.

  • on March 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Bangladesh do have the potentiality to win significantly against top teams such as Australia, India, Sri Lanka, but in this tournament, they are just backing upon their fan support and going out to play. Their plans lacked incentive and wer in total disarray in the Group Stage Games. The killing instinct was missing in the side, which helps in winning crunch games vs. top teams. However all is not lost for Bangladesh, they have to prove their mettle against a morally depleted Australian side, both teams have nothing to lose, so this will prove Bangladesh's mettle and the least they can do is treat their fans by defeating Australia in a "Matter of Pride" situation.

  • on March 31, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Excellent article and sums up the scenario perfectly.

  • Praxis on March 31, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    180 million people jam-packed in an area of 57 thousand square-miles, this is a country where nothing follows the norm or goes according to the established pattern... be it politics, economy or even sports. I still can't figure out how do we all keep up this much enthusiasm. But our cricketers better remember, everything has a tipping point :)

  • Captainman on March 31, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Bangladesh are simply a poor Cricket team unfortunately. I agree with the writer here and how heartbreaking it is for the passionate bangla fans where every time they have to suffer from these humiliating performances from those Bangladesh players. The talent is there but with poor infrastructure, no focus of first class Cricket and placid pitches, Bangladesh will continue to struggle. They have the money but they are not working on those things for some reason.

  • on March 31, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    wow.i am spellbound, enthralled ,speechless!! so true . very well written article avishek! every word just pinched my heart like a dagger stabbed in the middle.so this is how truth feels.

  • almasud11 on March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Mr Purohit, being a Bangladeshi fan, I want my team to win. I also have to think of the strength of my team compared to others. T-20 has become a format where your team needs to have really unique or unorthodox to succeed- specially with of Spinners of srilanka, india, pakistan, west indies or brute force in batting. I don't think Bangladesh has either. Probably batting of Bangladesh was their uniqueness, in a way, which did not click. But this is not the end of the world. I am pretty sure we are developing the other unique aspects. The big teams didn't develop such aspects in one day.

  • Umair_umair on March 31, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    I think Bangla fans should also think about it. I think they are putting too much pressure on their team. I think bangla team is playing with a pressure of Win, not enjoying the game as a Sport. Its heaps of expectation; thats why, even if they win one match fans treat like winning a world cup. Need to be normal and cool down. I think BAngladesh's batting is better than many teams in sub continent conditions.

  • on March 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    If only the Bangladesh team actually understood this and also it would be great if they read this article. Mostly true and i dont understand how an underachieving lot still get adored!