Virat Kohli-led India is all set to take on Bangladesh spearheaded by Mashrafe Mortaza in the second semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on June 15 in Edgbaston, Birmingham. And ahead of the highly-anticipated clash between two sides who do not share much friendly vibes, controversial incidents have begun. A Bangladeshi fan has dubbed India vs Bangladesh as ‘Dog vs Tiger’ by posting an offensive picture on Facebook. The photo shows a dog wrapped in the Indian National Flag being pounced upon by a tiger covered with Bangladesh Flag. Now, this is highly derogatory and insulting of them, but we guess old habits die hard.
When England played Australia in last group stage match of Group A in ongoing 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, two other nations wished for English to win the game. One was Bangladesh because Australia’s defeat meant their qualification to the semis and second was India! WHY? Two reasons – Firstly, facing a ‘perennial minnow’ side like Bangladesh is any day better option than facing 2015 Cricket World Cup winners Australia en route to Champions Trophy Finals. And the second reason was, we Indian fans felt sympathetic towards our neighbours and wished Bangladesh team to reach the next level of the tournament. But it seems like our neighbours are indeed not that friendly as they resort to cheap theatrics ahead of the clash.
Bangladesh who always sees themselves as tigers are still lowly ranked side which celebrates like a festival on registering a win over a top four ranked nation. They definitely were impressive against New Zealand, beating them by five wickets. With Australia losing to England, the excited Bangladesh qualified to the semis where they now face reigning winners, India. Instead of making the match experience a memorable, the sides’ fans started the dirty mind games.
A fan named Sifat Abdullah shared a picture which depicted India to be a dog getting hunted by a tiger representing Bangladesh. The obnoxious Facebook post was pulled down after creating a ruckus on the social media, but one fails to realize why to get offensive and pull out cheap antics. This is not the first time Bangladeshi fans have gone berserk with their ‘creativeness’ when their side has played against India. Remember, the poster of Taskin Ahmed holding then skipper MS Dhoni’s severed head ahead of Asia Cup 2016 final. Dhoni and his side plundered the opponents, and we can expect a similar fate when Bangladesh faces Virat’s men on the field on Thursday.