The Tigers are roaring. The nation has reasons to rejoice at the spectacular 7-wicket win clinched by Tigers in their World Cup encounter against the Caribbeans on Monday. This stunning victory not only brightened the prospect for a berth in the semi-final, but also rekindled our hope for better performance by the boys in the subsequent matches. Let this win embolden their spirit and be a source of inspiration for them.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a cricket fan, has congratulated the Bangladesh National Cricket Team on its impressive victory in this crucial match. On this occasion, we too congratulate the Tigers, especially Shakib Al Hasan, from the core of our hearts and pray for greater successes in the years to come.Tigers’ victory against the West Indies, once a mighty team, will be recorded in golden letters in the country’s cricket history for a host of reasons. It led to the creation of a good number of stunning records both at the team and individual levels. What deserves to be mentioned at the very outset is that Tigers routed the Windies after the second highest run chase in the World Cup after Ireland’s 329-7 against England in 2011. The unbroken 189 run partnership of Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das is also the second highest for the fourth wicket in World Cup history. It is a matter of pride that these records were created by none other than our own cricketers.
This match saw a good number of records at the personal level as well. It is in this match that Bangladesh’s ace cricketer and world’s number one all-rounder Shakib became the second player for the Tigers to cross the 6,000 ODI run threshold. His 124 runs off 99 balls placed him at the position of the highest run scorer at this year’s World Cup so far and won him the player of the match award. And Liton’s superb 94 from 69 deliveries in his maiden World Cup match helped Bangladesh sail smoothly to 322-3 with 8.3 overs to spare.
What after watching their overall performance we think we should specially mention that the big target thrown by the Windies was far from intimidating Bangladeshi boys. A cricket match is not just a matter of batting, balling and fielding skills, but also one of psychological strength – an arena where Team Bangladesh has also advanced much. In the complex course of the match, Tigers stayed calm and composed and with a cool head continued delivering their best. This shows Tigers have matured in their mental make-up. All these together promise them far greater achievements in days ahead. Tigers need to keep the tempo. Good luck Tigers, continue roaring!