he U19 World Cup final between India and Bangladesh on Sunday was a riveting thriller but the match would be remembered for the several other incidents which dominated headlines well after Bangladesh’s historic triumph.
Bangladesh outclassed 4-time champions India in all three departments to clinch their maiden World Cup title at any level but also the aggression with which they competed became one of the talking points after the match ended.
It all started with fiery spells from the Bangladeshi pacers in the first powerplay after they put India in to bat.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Shoriful Islam and Avishek Das were fired up from the word go and made life extremely difficult for India’s top-order.
Sakib and Shoriful were constantly engaged in sledging the Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyanshu Saxena. Sakib started it by throwing a ball at Saxena on his follow through in the second over itself.
Saxena had to duck to avoid getting hit on the head from Sakib’s throw which wasn’t really aimed at the stumps in the first place. The umpires had to intervene as a result and told Sakib to calm down but the pacer was in no mood to be bogged down.
Another moment which caught the attention of everyone and also inspired numerous memes on social media was when Dhruv Jurel and Atharva Ankolekar got involved in a terrible mix-up which eventually resulted in the wicketkeeper’s run out.
Both Jurel and Ankolekar ended up at the non-striker’s end after Jurel called for a quick single but his partner refused. All Shoriful Islam had to do was pick up the ball and throw it at the wicketkeeper who broke the stumps but it became extremely difficult to figure out which batsman had to depart.
TV replays showed Jurel and Ankolekar were inches apart as they tried to ground their bats inside the crease. Jurel was eventually asked to return to the pavilion after the third umpire saw multiple angles of the footage.
But the drama didn’t end just there as even the Indians started to hit back at the Bangladeshi batsmen as they looked to defend the below par score of 177.
Close in fielders dished out the same treatment to Bangladesh which they had received while they were batting and the umpires once again had to intervene. From animated appeals, sledging to angry send-offs, the Indian fielders and bowlers matched Bangladesh on every count.
The situation went from bad to worse after Bangladesh had defeated India by 3 wickets via the DLS method.
As Bangladesh players stormed the field to celebrate the victory, shoving and pushing was witnessed among the players from both the Indian and Bangladesh squad. The officials and support staff from both teams had to rush on to the field and separate the players as they almost came to blows with each other.
The situation was so bad that Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali even had to apologise at the post match press conference and admitted that his players’ behaviour was wrong.
“What happened, it should not [have] happened. You know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through. As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say sorry for my team,” Ali said.
His counterpart Priyam Garg meanwhile, put the complete blame on Bangladesh, calling their reaction “dirty”.
“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,” Garg said.