Birmingham : In yet another face off between two neighboring countries in the ICC World Cup 2019 event of the Indian sub continent, India and Bangladesh will be sweating out on the cricket field today bringing to fore the less hyped yet not hidden rivalry between India and Bangladesh.
India and Bangladesh is the growing rivalry in Asia. India vs Pakistan is all hype, but the actual cricket is one-sided often in India’s way. The last close India-Pakistan match was in the Asia cup 2014, when Shahid Afridi took Pakistan to a one-wicket win in the last over hitting R Ashwin for two sixes. India won convincingly in eight of the nine subsequent meetings while Pakistan won easily in the other – the Champions Trophy 2017 final.
ICC World Cup 2019: India to face Bangladesh today
Bangladesh hasn’t defeated India since their ODI series win at home in 2015, but the matches have gotten increasingly closer. Bangladesh has somehow choked in each of the thrillers, but have generally been competitive.
Bangladesh hate losing to India because of the power equations the control of the players. Things were fine in the late 1990s and early 2000s when India lent a helping hand to elevate Bangladesh to Test status. It was India who played Bangladesh’s first ever Test, in Dhaka in November 2000.
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But India did little else in the years that followed. They toured Bangladesh when their calendar allowed them, often sending second-string teams. India refused to host Bangladesh in bilateral too; Bangladesh had to wait 17 years for their first bilateral tour to India, which too was for a lone test.
Bangladesh hurt India big upsetting them in the World Cup 2007, but it was just that – an upset. They struggled to compete consistently, but the burning desire to beat India remained. Three years after that World Cup, Virender Sehwag called “Bangladesh are an ordinary side. They can’t beat India because they can’t take 20 wickets” ahead of a Test series. In reply, Shakib Al Hasan said “India are ranked No. 1 recently but I think South Africa and Australia are much better than them.”