For the last few years, the Asia Cup more likely become a story of a mixed reaction of laughter and tears from the Bangladeshi Cricket fans. Their story begins with great thrill and fun. But it ended up with such a tragedy. Statistics will say that this year there is no exception as well, but is it the exact story?
Bangladesh is the Runners-up of Asia Cup, twice in a row. The record and the history will say that. But the real fact is that Bangladesh has not lost.
There is nothing new left to describe the marvellous Captain Mashrafe. This spectacular personality is carrying the leadership of the team in a superhuman way with patchwork knees for over the years. If we will go for the description of his greatness and dedication, then the English dictionary might face a word crisis.
However, Bangladesh went back to the back foot after losing the best weapon Tamim early in the tournament. Although Shakib was available in the team despite his serious finger injury. but he returned to home almost groaning in pain before the undeclared semifinal against Pakistan. Furthermore, Mushfiq, Bangladesh’s biggest hope of batting, has played the whole tournament with an impossible pain on his ribs.
And this massively spoiled Bangladesh team has played final of this Asia Cup. Not only the played the final! They made it extremely tough for India, currently, who are the undoubted favourites of Asian Cricket. The Tigers has fought extremely hard till the last delivery to defend an ordinary target of 223 runs.
Although the start of the match was all about Bangladesh. Liton-Mehdi’s unpopular opening pair did the flying start for their team. If the main batting hope ‘middle-order’ didn’t get collapsed in the middle of the innings, then the history may have been written in a different way. And if we added that controversial decision of the third umpire against Liton Das at the end of the innings, then the story of regrets get more prolonged.
But why are we regretting that much? Regarding the trophy of a major tournament, you and I can regret like all other Bangladeshies. But why would you go to measure this extraordinary performance of Tigers led by Superman Mashrafe with just a trophy?
Tamim’s batting with a broken hand, Mashrafe’s eight-foot jumped one-handed catch with devastating knees, injured Shakib’s strong desire to play, injured Mushfiq heroic desire to stay in the field and the great last over bowling of cramped legged Mustafiz. Which one of this you can dare to measure with just a trophy? Think yourself once.
Of course, you can say, that’s their profession, they are meant to do so. But can you have to define Mashrafe in the definition? Can you define his awesome gesture from the dressing room after Liton’s fifty by the definition of professionalism? And what about the unbelievably strong mentality of this team? Can you classify any of these according to the definition of professionalism? Actually, we don’t think so you can.
In fact, in the words of Captain Mashrafe, it is to say, ” We won the Asia Cup in that particular day when Tamim batted with a broken hand and Mushfiq batted with the impossible pain on his ribs. “
Indeed, a title can never always makes you a ‘Champion’. It doesn’t matter that our team couldn’t make it home in the last six finals. Maybe one day we will win the biggest one. But the arrogance and passion of being a champion without the trophy may not be there on that day.
Whatever, even if someone says Bangladesh has lost, then we have got nothing else to say.