Over the past few weeks there has been an intriguing test match taking place in Bangladesh, where the host nation have been taking on the superstars of India. The opposition are the number one ranked test nation based on the ICC’s table which is based on various criteria. Bangladesh are a relatively new test playing nation who apart from the odd ‘giant killing’ act in the shorter form of the game such as one day cricket and T20 rarely are able to win matches of cricket against the established test playing nations.
Bangladesh are a mirror image of where India were before they were established and they took some heavy beatings along the way and it took a colossal victory such as India’s one and only ODI World Cup victory in the year of my birth 1983 to change the face of cricket. I do not say this lightly because it has awoken a sleeping super power in the form of India with a fan base in the billions and this obviously equates to huge demand which results in massive sums of money. This is illustrated by the Indian Premier League which features the top players in cricket and a chance no player dares to miss because history shows cricket has never been a game awash with riches.
The current series stands at 2-0 with players such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid filling their boots with centuries and the rest of the team getting a chance of improving their relevant bowling and batting averages. However it was not plain sailing when India were bowled out for a relatively low score in their 1st innings but once that was out of their system they haven’t looked back.
I believe Bangladesh do have the hall marks of a good team with promising youngsters and some established players but they will have to start winning significant matches if they are ever to be mentioned in the same breath as crickets elite. The solution maybe to follow India’s formula as thus far it has equalled success but watch this space the future could be bright!