Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Everything considered, its the same story !

A Bangladesh perspective to the slide in Indian cricket

The Bangladeshi Newspaper Prothom Alo said this win is a reply to the Indian's disrespect about Bangladesh. Bangladesh proved India that what is commerce to them is merely a game for them. The article concludes with the hope that India is put down on their feet with this shock. If they still cannot revise their opinion about Bangladesh they will be reminded in the coming tour.
This is typical sub-continent rhetoric. Everytime we beat Australia or South Africa, we talk about how India have shown these great nations their place. Bangladesh, unfortunately, is following that route.
I am reproducing verbatim, my comments on that post (do read the other comments -- I found them nauseating, at best):
It is funny how one win can make dreamers out of losers !
I have nothing but the greatest respect for the way the Bangladesh team beat India in the WC. It was a fantastic exhibition of tight bowling and sticking to the basics. I really liked the attitude of Tameem Iqbal in that eventful over from Zahir Khan --- hope to see more from this kid.

But, please hold on to your horses. You guys have a long way to go. You only have two wins in this cup so far: one against a lazy India and the other against a hapless Bermuda.
Please show us more before we start talking about how Bangladesh are better than India...let us please keep our feet firmly on the ground, shall we ?
Incidentally, I read this piece from Prem Panicker's blog only a couple of days ago. Do read it...

But unfortunately Bangla-desh, like it's more colourful neighbours India, has got mindless followers whose emotion often beats logic. The whole nation was over the moon since early hours of March 26, a very special day in the history of the country. It was quite understandable when we rejoiced the success against Bermuda that confirmed the Tigers of a place in the next round.

But wasn't that something like an excess what followed when many including the knowledgeable section started thinking of 'going all the way to the semifinals' or sweeping comments like 'winning has become a habit for us' or 'I don't want to take the win as an upset'.

All things considered, we are birds of the same flock !

Update: Found this piece about Bangladesh fans burning effigies of their cricketers , huh !