World Cup 2011 and Cricket In Bangladesh
Today is the day 2011 World Cricket Cup began with a match between India and Bangladesh culminating in the final match at Mumbai on April 2nd.
India, the number one test playing nation and the number two ranking in world, won the match convincingly by 87 runs, yet, there was lot of positives going on in this match for the host country.
It was a day when Shewag-the destroyer, wasn't stoppable. He could hit any thing over the fence at will, whatever the merit of the ball was!
Even Shane Warne, arguably one of the best modern bowlers, had similar frustration against Shewag when he was in great guns against the Aussies; the more mundane Bangladeshi bowlers had no answer for his aggression. Together with Virat Kohli who also had another field day, they posted a total of 370 for 4, a record total at Mirpur stadium in Dhaka.
The Tigers began with great gusto in their response, scoring at a higher rate than the Indians in the beginning of their innings, however, against a much disciplined Indian bowling, they were contained soon. When their captain Shakib departed with 55 at the score of 234, the game was finally over, and at the end they posted a total of 283 for 9 wickets.
Bangladeshis have discovered a new life in the game of cricket, they realize, this is one field where they have the potential to be in the ranks of world beaters and that has raised their passion which was evident through out this match from the reaction of the spectators.
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Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country has been called names, many names indeed. Henry Kissinger had called it, “a bottomless basket.” The aid-dispensing donor West nations had called it the “country of permanent flood and begging bowl.” And for right reasons, statisticians had given the country the dubious title of “the most corrupt nations of the world” for five times in a row.
Yet, if you visit this country now, you can see something is going in this small nation that has population larger than Russia with 120th of its size.