Asia Cup 2018: India vs Bangladesh Final: True fans and admirers are hard to find in today’s world where the attention span has become very short due to the advent of social media. Every single move of their favourite sportspersons is tracked and scrutinised by their zillion of fans. However, there are still some fans who back their favourite players irrespective of the outcome on the field. Fans of India and Bangladesh will once again scream on top of their voices when these two countries will square off in the final of Asia Cup 2018 on Friday.
With an aim to reassert their continental supremacy, the world number two ranked India will take on injury-hit Bangladesh, who will hope to shrug off stage fright when the two sides square off in the grand finale of the Asia Cup on Friday. Continuing their dominant run in the ongoing competition, Rohit Sharma-led men in blue will start as favourites to lift their second successive title of Asia Cup. Whereas, Bangladesh, who are playing their third Asia Cup final will look break the jinx this time and would like to avenge the loss of Nidahas trophy.
Enjoying their two-day break after playing a breathtaking tie against Afghanistan, captain Rohit Sharma and veteran MS Dhoni met ‘superfans’ – India’s Sudhir Gautam, Pakistan’s Bashir Chacha aka Chacha Chicago, and Sri Lanka’s – Mohammad Nilam and Gayan Senanayake.
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Both Chacha Chicago and Sudhir are staying in the same hotel as team India and caught up with their favourite players on Wednesday. Rohit and Dhoni obliged for pictures and the Indian skipper also posted one on his social media account.
“So much love for the sport in one picture,” Rohit captioned the shared picture on his Instagram account where he can be seen sitting alongside Sudhir, Chacha Chicago and Sri Lankan fans.
Sudhir and Chacha Chicago also posted pictures with Dhoni and Rohit on their respective Twitter accounts.
Recently, Sudhir’s Pakistani counterpart, Bashir Chacha helped the Indian with the flight tickets, food and stay in Dubai for the Asia Cup.
“It’s pure love. You know money will come and go with Allah’s grace. I told Sudhir you just come here and I will take care of everything. I am not a rich person but my heart is as big as an ocean. If I help you, Allah will be happy,” Bashir Chacha told www.xtratime.in from the UAE.
Last year, Rohit had arranged for Nilam to return home to Sri Lanka from India to see his ailing father. Rohit had also offered financial help for a surgery but Nilam had refused to take any money.
Talking about the big final in Asia Cup, a passionate Bangladesh turned out to be the party-poopers on Wednesday as they wrecked the prospects of an India-Pakistan summit clash with a gutsy performance despite losing key players to injury.
On paper, India will remain overwhelming favourites to win the tournament for a record seventh time while Bangladesh will be hoping to be third-time lucky in a summit clash.
Final of any tournament is a one-off game in complete isolation from how a team has performed in the tournament. Even the most consistent teams have slipped on the proverbial banana peel when it has mattered the most.
Add to this the fact that the Indo-Bangla cricketing rivalry has grown in intensity. But what is definitely a dampener for Bangladesh heading into the final is the injury woes that the side is facing.
Star batsman Tamim Iqbal is already out with a fractured hand and Bangladesh will also not have premier all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan in the line-up owing to a finger injury.