Home > Features >

India tour of Bangladesh 2014: Hosts desperate to restore pride by beating India

Mushfiqur Rahim © Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim-led Bangladesh have not won a single match against any top side so far in 2014 © Getty Images

After struggling to meet the expectations for a long time, Bangladesh have a  golden opportunity of restoring some pride, by beating a team as strong as India at home. India’s second-string side that doesn’t have the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli presents Bangladesh an opportunity. Abhijit Banare looks at why this three-match One-Day International (ODI) series matters more to the hosts.

The three-match ODI series has already been termed as an appeasement theory on part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In fact, it is less likely to be remembered by the average Indian fan once they proceed to England. As the new-look Indian team is set to visit its neighbouring nation, the opposition captain Mushfiqur Rahim has already taken a jibe with his ‘India A’ comment.

It’s surprising to see Rahim having a go at the Indians. The records show that Indian selectors have been more lenient in picking squads to Bangladesh. Hence, more than an ‘India A’ squad visiting, the Bangladesh skipper’s concern lies in his own court – i.e. to notch up the first win of the year at home (with half-a-year already gone by).

Let us briefly look at the record of Bangladesh this year at home:

ODIs:

Date Opposition Winner
17-Feb Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
20-Feb Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
22-Feb Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
26-Feb India India
01-Mar Afghanistan Afghanistan
04-Mar Pakistan Pakistan
06-Mar Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

T20Is:

Date Opposition Winner
12-Feb Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
14-Feb Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
16-Mar Afghanistan Bangladesh
18-Mar Nepal Bangladesh
20-Mar Hong Kong Hong Kong
25-Mar West Indies West Indies
28-Mar India India
30-Mar Pakistan Pakistan
01-Apr Australia Australia

In 16 limited-overs matches, they have managed just two wins this year at home. And in the two Tests that they played against Sri Lanka, they drew one and lost the other. Bangladesh’s two consolation wins were in the ICC World T20 qualifiers against Afghanistan and Nepal. But much of that was undone after losing to Hong Kong.

While Bangladesh are still an underdog, they are no more ‘minnows’ in any tournament. Like a cricket crazy India, the fans in Bangladesh are forever hungry for wins, a fact which their team has not managed to live up to. With hardly any series scheduled in the near future, for young Rahim  and his team, beating a team like India is the best chance to restore some lost pride.

With home advantage, and a full-strength squad in place, Bangladesh are hungry to secure a confidence-boosting win. Their next assignment is far away in August-September against the West Indies. The present Windies side isn’t as weak as they were when they met Bangladesh last time around. It would certainly be a  stiff challenge for them to overpower the hosts.

Shakib Al Hasan spoke about the pressure of expectations that the Bangladeshi cricketers have. He suggested that in order to get rid of some of the pressure, it would help the team if they play cricket overseas for some time. He said, , “Players get puzzled under these pressures. It becomes difficult to believe in ourselves. When a player thinks that he will get dropped by playing poorly, he stops thinking about the team and only thinks about his game. When four-five players are thinking like this, the rest follow. Coach, captain and players cannot function properly. It would be best to play outside the country. There should not be any cricket at home for two years. The expectations of home fans will go down, which will be very good. We should understand how much we expect from the team.” Read Shakib’s full statement here.

The burden of expectations is certainly disturbing the side and a win in this series would provide a new leash of life to the Bangladesh team and their crazy fans.

India vs Bangladesh 2014 match time table and squads

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

PCB’s biggest challenge is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan: Subhan Ahmad

Tim Southee’s 50 Test sixes and related records

India vs Australia 2014: India may have heavy dose of pace in store in 1st Test

Ross Taylor’s crucial knock against Pakistan will boost his sub-par subcontinent record

Stuart Binny — can the all-rounder be a trump card for India in ODIs?

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

Bhuvneshwar Kumar says rhythm is key ahead of India’s tour of Australia 2014-15

India vs Australia 2014-15: Harry Conway replaces Gurinder Sandhu in CA XI squad

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Ahmed Shehzad set to return for ODIs; Sohaib Maqsood ruled out

Australia vs India 2014: Shane Watson uninterested in captaining Australia

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s overseas performances have impressed Mike Hesson

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

South Africa may lose momentum ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here