The under-19 Indian team played slow and set a very low target for Bangladesh to chase. After the historic win, the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2020 ended on an ugly note. With players from both India and Bangladesh engaging in a nasty banter after Rakibul Hasan picked up the final run to help the Bangla Tigers lift their maiden Under-19 World Cup.
It was an intense match with an adrenaline rush, but Bangladesh players crossed the line of decency by provoking Indian players as they ran to field in joy with the national flag held high. Players from both the team were soon engaged in pushing and shoving each other including the exchange of heated and curse words. The on-field umpires had to step in and stop the chaos that took place after the nail-biting match.
The Under-19 India skipper Priyam Garg, following the banter post the match, bashed the Bangladesh players for distasteful gesture as winning or losing is the part and parcel of the game. He called out Bangladesh players’ this nasty reaction “dirty”. He further added that the incident should not have happened in the first place.
In the post-match conference, Garg said, “We were easy. We think its part and parcel of the game- you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it is okay.”
On the other hand, Under-19 Bangladesh skipper Akbar Ali apologized on the behalf of his team and said, “Emotions can flow after such an intense final but the thing which happened on-field shouldn’t have happened. A team has to show respect to its opponent and more importantly, cricket is a gentlemen’s game.”