The Indian womens' cricket team has been taking rapid strides in international cricket in recent times. Packed with the mixture of experience and youth, the Indian eves have tasted decent success, first in the ICC World Cup last year and now in the Womens' Asia cup which is currently being played at Kuala Lumpur. They are currently topping the points table with 6 points, however, their defeat against Bangladesh is making some big noise around the cricketing world.
Recently in Women's Asia Cup, Bangladesh cricket team created history by beating India for the first time in Asia's cup. The neighboring country won the match by 7 wickets to stay alive in the tournament.
After given a target of 142 by India, Bangladesh cricket thrashed India by two balls to spare. Fargana Hoque and Rumana Ahmed remained unbeaten to mark this historical win.
After the match was over Rumana told, “The dream has always been to come close to beating a team like India. That we've beaten them is a reality. When we arrived at the team hotel, the Pakistan players congratulated us in the lobby. We beat them the other day, and today they were congratulating us for beating India."
Without any second thought, this was one of the most memorable wins by Bangladesh over India.
Ramana stated, "It hurts when you have to wait for your chances because you're the ninth-ranked team. Teams like India, Pakistan - they're in the top eight and play [ICC Women's Championship] matches all around the year. It's like you're made to feel you're not good enough, but I hope this goes some way towards changing that perception."
"If you see Harmanpreet [Kaur]'s records, she's scored 60-70 against us every other game. I remember telling a journalist the other day that I've not played against too many sensible female cricketers like Harman. Most of our bowlers struggle against her because it's difficult to contend with the power in her arms or the way she pierces the gaps. But we made sure we kept rotating our bowlers despite the terrible heat and humidity." Rumana took the important wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur which saw the Indian side slipping.
Rumana also revealed how she held a partnership with Fargana Hoque to win the match. “When the equation came down to 32 off 24, Fargana and I told each other that we got this. Let's just keep calm and get this done. Just like we did the other day."
When talking about coach David Capel the Vice Captain added, "I think 60-70 % credit of these two wins goes to him. Many of the strategies I used while bowling today were based on David's theories. In the past 18 months, he taught us to envisage a day like today, to believe we can beat big teams. Wherever he is now, I hope he's proud of what we achieved today."