Feb 9, 2020
Sreshth Shah in Potchefstroom
Bangladesh’s prolonged await a maiden global title ended when Rakibul Hasan flicked Atharva Ankolekar over midwicket to seal their victory at the 2020 U-19 World Cup, ending a 20-plus-One year-prolonged be taught about for a crown. But in response to their captain Akbar Ali the victory has simply utter the ball rolling for the prolonged proceed greatness that will come Bangladesh cricket’s manner. He felt that the steal now devices these champion youngsters to be extra profitable when they in the demolish transition into the senior team.
Akbar moreover dedicated the World Cup steal to the other folks in Bangladesh thanks to their precise wait on, no topic what results the team has brought in the previous.
“Here is the stepping stone for our future cricket,” he talked about. “And here is completely the initiating. We want to retain the momentum and the hungriness when we traipse to the senior side.”
“The fashion the Bangladeshi other folks supported our cricket team, they deserve a world title,” he talked about. “We’re very entirely happy to carry that. Bangladesh cricket supporters consistently wait on us. When the team is down, we procure as noteworthy wait on from the public, so when now we be pleased received, all the extra they deserve this.”
Or no longer it’s no longer very in most cases that Indian fans procure outnumbered in any cricket game, nonetheless at the ideal in Potchefstroom, there were many extra Bangladesh fans than those from across the border. Akbar talked about they were the team’s 12th man of their victory. He moreover talked about that India-Bangladesh rivalries bring out the accurate from the team.
“Yes, we anticipated a correct crowd, nonetheless anticipated an even crowd,” Akbar talked about. “We were stunned by seeing extra Bangladeshi other folks, so immense thanks goes to them.
“India-Bangladesh rivalries brings out the accurate in us. Earlier than the World Cup ideal, we had misplaced the Asia Cup ideal to them, so the boys wanted to take hold of revenge.”
Overwhelmed by the emotion of the steal, Akbar talked about the truth that they are world champions had no longer yet sunk in. But one ingredient he confirmed become once that this become once consistently the purpose. The leisure lesser at the 2020 U-19 World Cup, and so they’d be pleased left disillusioned.
“After we started our dawdle, 1.5 years wait on, we had a dream,” Akbar says earlier than correcting himself. “Not a dream, nonetheless a purpose. We knew we had it within ourselves when the team become once fashioned. So that you can attain the ideal and keep the trophy, it’s a dream come dazzling for us. Cannot describe my feelings.”
After their steal, the Bangladesh players attended a prayer provider earlier than resuming their celebrations in the dressing room. In Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong, fireworks be pleased already lit up the skies. And because the evening continues, the festivities at Potchefstroom interior the Bangladesh camp will moreover traipse prolonged into the evening.