They say invoking anger is easy. And when it comes to cricket Bangladesh cricket fans have set quite an example. As if the prospect of playing the final of the Asia Cup T20 tomorrow was not enough, there is an image that has gone viral which shows an edited image of leading Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed holding a chopped head of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. We know Bangladesh deserve a place in the Asia Cup final against India after beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka and UAE, but respecting one's opponent is something they still need to learn. As sporting spirit died in Bangladesh today, there was outrage on twitter.
@BCCI we people don't want to see loose from the Bangladesh at any cost. My blood got boiled when I saw taskin with chopped head of Dhoni.— Rushabh Joshi (@3b7f2cac082147d) March 5, 2016
Thats not the first time they have done it. They are a disgrace. I am sure Indian guys can do much better... https://t.co/RuRB7Fw4bb— SuÃŸhÎ± Dey SRKian (@Subha_Roxx) March 5, 2016
Terrible picture of Taskin Ahmed holding MS Dhoni's chopped head. Cricket is just a game, not some war. pic.twitter.com/H3DU5zNu1o— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) March 5, 2016
For the Indian cricket team director Ravi Shastri, his team's job is to play cricket and that's what they'll concentrate on come tomorrow.
It is not the first time that the Bangladesh fans have tried to mock the Indian cricket team. Last year during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, they had bugged the BCCI headquarters by singing 'Mauka Mauka' on the landline phones after India's loss to Australia in the semi-finals. Read more about that story here.
Later in 2015, when Bangladesh beat India in a bilateral ODI series at home, a Bangladesh newspaper published an ad with the heads of the Indian cricket team members shaved off. That stormed massive outrage as well.
It is true that the Bangladesh team is doing very well in home conditions in limited overs format and they are a team to be reckoned with at all times but this gesture from the Bangladesh cricket fans won't go down well with India fans and if anything, it might just fire up the Indian team to bring in their A game for the match that starts 7PM (IST) at Shere-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Good luck India, to the Bangladesh fans, we'll see.