Indian media terms Bangladesh’s victory as ‘Accident’
CRICDOT DESK : Mominul Haque and his mates has made history in Mount Manganui a day ago. World Test champions New Zealand lost by a huge margin of 6 wickets. On the first day of the match, except for a few hours in the middle of the full five days, New Zealand, Tim Tiger has conquered every aspects of the match. Their terrific pace gave the gift of impressive Test batting against the Quartet. The Tiger pacers are shining with the ball. Tigers are being praised all over the world.
Even great cricket critics like Michael Vaughan are praising Bangladesh’s performance. The Mount Manganui Test scorecard has been shown on the big screen of the Ashes Gallery! But not everyone sees this victory as an ‘achievement’ of the Tigers. For example, a sports-based online ‘Sportskida’ in India sees this victory of the Tigers as ‘unforeseen’. Today, on Thursday, the portal published a news item titled ‘5 Big Incidents of Test Cricket After 2000’.
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Mount Manganui Test is number one on this so-called ‘non-occurrence list’! The ‘non-occurrence’ thing goes very well with short length cricket. In ODIs or T20s, even a small team can lose to a big team. So what happened in Test cricket? The word ‘non-occurrence’ is inconsistent with the match that was played for five days in a row, with a team reigning for five full days. Of course, not only this victory of Bangladesh, but also the victory of India’s Test series on Australian soil last year is being called ‘unfortunate’!
At number three on the list is Afghanistan’s Test win on Bangladesh soil in 2019. At number four is Pakistan’s defeat to Zimbabwe in the Harare Test in 2013. And last but not least, the memory of the Tigers killing Australia at home in 2016. It is true that Bangladesh is a weak team in Tests. Can’t play consistently well. There is the advantage of spin wicket at home. However, this time the way the Tigers won the Test in an unfamiliar condition outside the country, it is wrong to call it an accident.