CWC Greatest Moments – World Cup History – Bangladesh knocks out neighbours India

Bangladesh as a country has always been in the shadow of their more illustrious neighbour India. Post the country’s formation in 1971, Bangladesh did not qualify for the initial cricket world cups until the ICC World Cup 1999. In two years, they got a full membership under ICC and thus started playing the teams that were well established in the sport.

Slowly Bangladesh started causing a few upsets and improved their rankings. They featured in ICC World Cup 2003 but did not go past the group stage. However, their big moment came when they qualified for the knockouts for the first time in their history in the 2007 edition. This qualification was made sweeter, as Bangladesh dumped their neighbours India out of the World Cup.

The Indian cricket team, runner-up of the last World Cup, was going through a tough phase at that moment due to internal team issues. The seniors in the team were not happy with the coaching methods of Australian Greg Chappell and went into the tournament with a not so positive mindset. The Rahul Dravid – led team had a star-studded line-up, with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, and many others. However, the team did not gel well on the field due to personal issues with the coach. Everyone in the cricket world knew about this and it was the perfect time for Bangladesh to take advantage of it.

In India’s opening match, they faced a young but extremely talented team of Bangladesh. India won the toss and opted to bat first but failed miserably. Only Ganguly and Yuvraj could score a few runs before the team got bundled out for a paltry score of 191. Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel, the number 10 and 11 batsmen scored 15 runs each to take the score this far. Mashrafe Mortaza first tore through India’s feared top order and then cleaned out the tail, picking 4 wickets in the process. The two most experienced players in the team, Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique picked 3 wickets each with their slow left-arm spin.

Bangladesh cricketers celebrate after causing an Indian middle order batting collapse at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Port of Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago, 17 March 2007, in a group stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. Teenager Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza turned giant-killers to script Bangladesh’s upset five-wicket victory over India in their opening World Cup match here. (Photo credit: Alessandro Abbonizio/AFP/Getty Images)

While chasing, the young Bangladeshi batsmen delivered the goods. Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-al-Hasan, all scored half-centuries to take Bangladesh home with 5 wickets in hand. The Bangladesh team erupted in joy and celebrated the win as if they had won the World Cup. They not only beat the cricket giants from the sub-continent but one of the favourites of the tournament. In doing so, they finally stepped out of the shadow of their big brother in the subcontinent.

With India losing their must-win game against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh just had to make sure that they win their match against Bermuda. In a rain-affected game, Bangladesh won the shortened match, going past the group stage for the first time and thus creating history. Since then, the four stars of this match, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-al-Hasan have formed the core of the team and have taken Bangladesh to new heights.

All four have captained the side at least once and now lead the pack once again in probably their last ICC World Cup in 2019. Now, with Mashrafe Mortaza at the helm and a fine mix of youth and experience in the team, Bangladesh aren’t minnows anymore but a force to be reckoned with in this format.

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