Watch: Bangladesh and India Players Involved in Ugly Fight After U-19 Final
- Updated: February 10, 2020
The Bangladesh U-19 team made history by winning their first U-19 World Cup by beating four-time champions India in the final by three wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis method after the game was reduced to 46 overs due to rain. In a dramatic India vs Bangladesh U-19 world cup final, Bangladesh held their nerves to track down the chase with skipper Akbar Ali playing an unbeaten knock of 43 off 77 balls to help them create history. Bangladesh were 102 for 6 in 23 overs chasing 170. After the game, the India and Bangladesh players in ugly spat which was not a good end to what was a fantastic U-19 World Cup event. This was the first event of its kind in u-19 world cup finals The video of the incident has made a huge uproar on social media, with the Indian cricket fans staunchly criticising the incident.
As per reports in PTI, it is not quite understandable as to who triggered the India vs Bangladesh U-19 WC finals post-match ugly fight, but the altercation started when the players from the Bangladesh dugout came running into the ground after left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan hit the winning runs off India U19 medium-pacer Sushant Mishra. One of the Indian players even confronted the Bangladeshi players but he was pushed by one of the Bangladesh players who even abused him saying foul words. It was then that things started heating up and the players from both teams got engaged in an ugly fight which was not a good sight to behold after a wonderful game of cricket. Indian coach Paras Mhambrey can be seen calming his players in the video.
Bangladesh skipper Akbar Ali apologised for the behavior of his players at the post-match press conference after the Bangladesh and India players involved in an ugly fight. “I don’t know exactly (about the incident) but what happened should not have. In the final, emotions can come out and sometimes the boys were getting pumped. As a youngster, it should not be happening. In any manner, we have to show respect to our opponents and we should have the respect for the game because cricket is known as the gentleman’s game. So, I’ll be sorry for my team.”
“India-Bangladesh brings out the spark and before the World Cup final we lost the Asia Cup final to them. So the boys were too pumped up and wanted to take revenge. I will not say that it should be happening but I’m sorry from my side” the Bangladesh skipper further while speaking at the India vs Bangladesh U-19 finals post-match press conference.
Indian skipper Priyam Garg also had his say on the India-Bangladesh U-19 players physically clash after the final match. “We were easy. Winning and losing is a part and parcel of the game. But the reaction from the other side was bad. That should not have happened,” said the young Indian captain.
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Indian coach Paras Mhambrey also kept his point of view on the incident saying that emotion got the better of the players in the heat of the moment. “Sometimes these things happen. Players can get emotional because there is so much at stake. Whatever happened wasn’t good. I think it’s not good for cricket as well. I think in the future you got to be careful with these things” he opined.
Meawhile, this was Bangladesh U-19’s first win over India in U-19 cricket. After beating India in the final, the Bangladesh colts can be happy about beating India in a World Cup final after the senior team failed to beat them in the 2015 World Cup, 2016 World T20 and Nidahas Trophy 2018.