It was a Super Sunday in England this week with the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon finals taking place on the same day. Both the finals made for a thrilling watch and went on to make history. The nail-biting World Cup final at Lord’s between England and New Zealand led to a first-ever Super Over.
We would like to congratulate England on their magnificent triumph against New Zealand and for clinching their first-ever Cricket World Cup title. Fantastic batting and sheer luck turned things around for England which needed 15 to win in the final over.
It was a heart-breaking loss for New Zealand who fought to the bitter end, only to have the World Cup title slip away from their hands and luck was largely to blame for that. The New Zealand team deserve nothing but praise for the fierceness with which they played in the entire tournament.
The World Cup final has brought to an end the six-week fiesta. Although none of the South Asian teams made it to the final, their dominance in the tournament was visible throughout. Bangladesh did exceptionally well in a few matches, but it is obvious that our expectations were higher. The Bangladesh team could have done much better than finishing eighth in the group standings. It is unfortunate that a top-notch player like Shakib Al Hasan, despite delivering the performance of his life and being in unbelievable form in the World Cup, faced an early exit along with his team and was not awarded the Player of the Tournament award, which has come off as a bit of a disappointment for all Bangladeshis. As the four-year wait begins again, we hope to see better cricket, from South Asian teams, and Bangladesh in particular, in the next World Cup. For that, the management of the Bangladesh cricket team need to set a long-term vision and invest in new talent and proper training.