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Bangla reaction dirty: Priyam

Even when the match on, Bangladesh players were overtly aggressive while fielding
Priyam Garg.

Our Bureau & Agencies   |   Calcutta   |   Published 10.02.20, 07:59 PM

India U-19 captain Priyam Garg called Bangladesh players’ aggressive celebration “dirty” following their maiden title triumph at the Under-19 World Cup at the Senwes Park on Sunday.

Some of the Bangladeshi players got carried away with their celebrations after their historic win over India in the final and captain Akbar Ali duly apologised for the “unfortunate incident.”

But his counterpart Priyam felt it should not have happened. “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’s okay,” Garg was quoted as saying by a cricket-specific website.

Even when the match on, Bangladesh players were overtly aggressive while fielding with their lead pacer Shoriful Islam sledging the Indian batsmen after almost every delivery.

In fact, as Bangladesh approached the winning runs, Shoriful was seen swearing multiple times on camera.

However, skipper Akbar showed maturity beyond his age to apologise on behalf of the players.

“What happened, it should not have happened. I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on.

“But you know, in the final, emotions can come out and sometimes the boys were getting pumped up. And emotions were coming through.

“In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponents and we should have respect for the game. Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say that I’ll be sorry for my team,” said Akbar, who scored an unbeaten 43 in a high-pressure situation.

“I’ll say India-Bangladesh rivalry bring the part, and before the World Cup final, we lost the Asia Cup final to them a couple of months ago. So I think the boys were really pumped up to take revenge.

“I won’t say it should have happened, but I will be sorry for my side,” Akbar iterated.

A source close to the Indian team management said that the emotions ran high during and after the final, but “none of the Indian players was at fault.”

Meanwhile, Player of the Tournament Yashasvi Jaiswal and highest wicket-taker Ravi Bishnoi were among three Indians named in the ICC U-19 World Cup Team of the Tournament on Monday.

Besides left-handed opener Jaiswal and leg-spinner Bishnoi, right-arm pacer Kartik Tyagi was the other Indian to feature in the 12-member team, led by Bangladesh captain Akbar.


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