Bangladesh’s young fast bowler Shoriful Islam has now revealed the reason behind their wild celebration after winning the U19 World Cup final against India. Bangladesh U19 team beat defending champions India in the final of the ICC U19 World Cup to lift their first U19 World Cup trophy.
However, things got heated up after the game as Bangladesh’s wild celebrations provoked a couple of Indian cricketers and both the teams got into a physical altercation after the game. There were also a lot of verbal slangs used during the game too. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned five players (3 from Bangladesh and 2 from India) in this regard.
Shoriful Islam Opens Up On The Wild Celebrations Against India
Shoriful Islam was among one of those players who were caught swearing during and after the game. He has now revealed as to why did the entire Bangladesh team celebrated wildly after the win. “Actually, we lost two close matches against them in the past. One was the Asia Cup semifinal [in 2018] and the other was a [Asia Cup] final [in 2019].
I can’t describe what those defeats felt like. Before taking the field for the final, all I could think about was what they did after winning and how we felt after losing. So, we didn’t want things to turn out as they did before. We wanted to do our best and fight with all our strength till the last ball,” he was quoted saying by Daily Star.
Islam accepted that they were waiting for revenge in the final after losing out to the men in blue in two Asia Cup finals.
He added: “Firstly, we felt really bad. We lost at our home to them, in Dhaka, by one run (Asia Cup final 2019). They celebrated wildly in front of us back then and we couldn’t say anything. We were waiting for the day we would meet them in a final again.”
Some of the Bangladeshi players got carried away with their celebration after their historic win over India in the final. While their captain Akbar Ali apologised for the unfortunate incident, his Indian counterpart Priyam Garg felt the episode should not have happened.
The ICC has taken strict reprimanding actions against five players. Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan of Bangladesh and Indians Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi were all charged with breaches of the ICC code of conduct and handed international suspensions of between four and 10 matches.