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)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5: Brad Haddin bowled for a duck

Live Cricket Score: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test Day 2: Bangladesh lose Shamsur early in the day

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Ahmed Shehzad is maturing with each innings

Duleep Trophy 2014-15: Six things we learnt from the quarter-finals and semi-finals

Younis Khan — Pakistan’s greatest batsman?

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

MS Dhoni questioned by Mudgal committee for 4 hours over IPL spot-fixing scandal

KIA Oval to host wedding fair

Michael Klinger’s 96 guides Western Australia to 255 in Matador Cup final

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014: Bangladesh in control at lunch despite losing two wickets

New Zealand vs South Africa 2014: Nathan McCullum welcomes Daniel Vettori’s return

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Ahmed Shehzad is maturing with each innings

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014: Shakib-al-Hasan roars back with 6-wicket haul

TE Srinivasan: Graceful at the crease and in death

Duleep Trophy 2014-15: Six things we learnt from the quarter-finals and semi-finals

Fazal Mahmood engineers Pakistan’s first ever Test match victory

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Lenovo’s first wearable Smartband SW-B100 gets listed on official website, to be a fitness tracker device

Happy New Year box office collection: Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer earns Rs 38 crore on day 2!

Shah Rukh Khan’s youngest son AbRam as Santa Claus is the cutest thing you will see today – view pic!

Share My Dabba – A novel concept by Mumbai Dabbawallas to feed hungry street kids of Mumbai

Private firms’ sales growth moderated in FY13: Report

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, wants people to be ‘curious’

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here