After the ICC Under-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom, India and Bangladesh players clashed on the ground. Champions Bangladesh did not display a good behaviour during the match and after winning the trophy too
Potchefstroom (South Africa): Bangladesh stunned India to lift the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Potchefstroom on Sunday (February 9) but what happened after the final tarnished the gentleman’s game.
After bowling India out for 177, Bangladesh achieved the target to win their maiden cricket World Cup at any level. The Tigers won by three wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after chasing a revised target of 170 due to rain.
During the match, Bangladesh players were aggressive and they displayed the same behaviour after the title clash too at Senwes Park ground.
As the winning run was hit by Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh players rushed on to the field and what followed later was ugly. Players from both sides exchanged words and there was also physical clash.
The victorious Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali apologised for his team’s behaviour. “Some of our bowlers were emotional and were pumped up. What happened after the game was unfortunate. I would like to congratulate India,” Ali, who scored an unbeaten 43 to steer his side home, said.
India skipper Priyam Garg was not impressed with the opposition players’ behaviour. He termed it “dirty”.
“We were easy. We think it’s part and parcel of the game – you win some and you lose some,” Priyam said. “But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay.”
Ali, who won the Player-of-the-match award, said it was a dream come true to win the World Cup. “It's a dream come true. It's all about the hard work we have done over the last two years. The coaching staff...I just cannot thank them enough for how much support they have given us on and off the field. We've had a very good experience, and this is just the beginning for us. Hopefully, this will be the stepping stone for us.”
Last Updated 9:49 AM IST