India U-19 skipper Priyam Garg lambasted Bangladeshi players' overly aggressive conduct post their team's victory in the U-19 World Cup final this Sunday (February 9).
The match, that wasn't the best advocate of the spirit of the game, ended with a heated altercation between the two groups of players as the winning side came sprinting towards the playing area and abused the dejected neighbours, almost sharing blows after their win.
And while opposition captain Akbar Ali regretted his players' behaviour, Garg didn't hesitate in calling it "dirty" and extremely disappointing.
"We were easy. We think it’s part and parcel of the game - you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay," PTI quoted Garg as saying after the win.
Pacer Shoriful Islam was seen regularly sledging the Indian batsmen throughout the first half. He was also seen swearing a multiple times as the game came close to its conclusion, with the victory almost sealed.
"What happened, it should not [have] happened," Bangladesh captain Akbar said after taking his team home with a matured knock. "I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through."
"As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game. Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team," he concluded.
(Inputs from PTI)