Bangladesh recorded a stunning three wicket victory via the DLS method against India to clinch their first ever U-19 World Cup crown on Sunday. The Bangladesh bowlers were assertive and got in the faces of the Indian batsmen from the very begining after they had decided to bowl, having won the toss.
Both Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Shoriful Islam bowled exceptionally with the new ball but were also at fault for launching verbal attacks at the Indians. And after Rakibul Hasan knocked the winning runs for Bangladesh, the sentiments appeared to over flow for the winning side as the aggressively ran into the field, again getting into the faces of the Indian players.
It gave rise to some ugly scenes after the U-19 World Cup final as the Indian players came face to face with their Bangladesh counterparts with the umpire having to intervene to separate the players.
In accordance with the PTI report, soon after the match ended, it became tense with Bangladesh players rushing to the field and most of them still exhibiting hostile body language. As a matter of fact, one of the Indian player rushed to confront and pushed a Bangladeshi player who had allegedly uttered unpleasant things and it was coach Paras Mhambrey seen pacifying his side.
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Bangladeshi skipper Akbar Ali, who was named the player of the match for his unbeaten 43, expressed regret on behalf of his team and acknowledged that sentiments got the better of some of his teammates.
"I don't know exactly (about the incident) but what happened should not have. In the final, emotions can come out and sometimes the boys were getting pumped. As a youngster it should not be happening. In any manner, we have to show respect to our opponents and we should have the respect for the game because cricket is known as the gentleman's game. So, I'll be sorry for my team.
"India-Bangladesh brings out the spark and before the World Cup final we lost the Asia Cup final to them. So the boys were too pumped up and wanted to take revenge. I will not say that it should be happening but I'm sorry from my side."
The Indian skipper Priyam Garg stated that his side were fine despite losing the final but the reaction from the Bangladeshi side after winning the match was bad.
"We were easy. Winning and losing is a part and parcel of the game. But the reaction from the other side was bad. That should not have happened," said India captain Priyam Garg in the post-match press conference.
"Sometimes these things happen. Players can get emotional because there is so much at stake. Whatever happened wasn't good. I think it's not good for cricket as well. I think in the future you got to be careful with these things," said India coach Paras Mhambrey said of the incident.