Bangladesh crowned World Champions: A tale of dreams, hard work and perseverance

A final to remember

The pacers of Bangladesh justified Captain Akbar Ali’s decision to send India to bat first by restricting India to only 8 runs in the first 6 overs. India’s first wicket fell at 9 runs. India rebuilt its innings and were scoring runs according to its liking when bowlers of Bangladesh attacked them ferociously which resulted in India losing their last 7 wickets within 21 runs. Intense bowling by the likes of Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Avishek Das left India rattled.

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Captain Cool and the Championship

Amidst all these, Captain Akbar Ali managed to keep his calm. With ice cold nerves, he carried Bangladesh to victory. After the rain break, the target was revised. Bangladesh had to score 7 runs in 5 overs. Bangladesh fans could feel the Cup getting more and more within their reach. Akbar Ali and Rakibul scored the 7 runs in the next 7 balls. Bangladesh was crowned as the champion of Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The players and the coaching staff led a wild celebration among themselves and with the spectators present in the stadium too.

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How to prepare for a World Cup

The Bangladesh Under-19 team has been preparing for the World Cup in South Africa for nearly 2 years. To make sure the players get used to overseas conditions and are comfortable enough to play in such conditions, the team travelled to England and New Zealand for one off series in 2019. These boys have practiced and played in specially made pitches like those in South African grounds at their training camp in Bogura. The pitches in South African grounds are usually bouncier than the ones in England and New Zealand. While the other Under-19 teams were busy playing matches before the World Cup, Bangladesh did no such thing. Instead the players were allowed to rest before the World Cup in an attempt to keep them fresh and in good shape and also to make sure that Bangladesh’s match strategies stay well hidden from other teams before the big tournament.

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