Mashrafe Bin Mortaza smiled widely when an Australian journalist asked him to talk about the match in Cardiff 14 years ago, when Bangladesh notched their only win over Australia.
The smile grew wider when his wicket of legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist was mentioned. Although most remember Mohammad Ashraful’s sublime century during that five-wicket win, Mashrafe’s 10 overs for just 33 runs was also crucial as it kept the mighty Australians to a manageable total.
Mashrafe fondly remembered the celebrations after Bangladesh’s historic result.
“I got his wicket, I guess -- Adam Gilchrist,” said Mashrafe. “That night, suddenly, a limousine arrived in front of the hotel and everyone got inside.”
Bangladesh will face Australia in a World Cup match today and despite the opposition being considerably weaker than the all-time great team that Bangladesh upset 14 summers ago, a much-improved Tigers will still go into the match as firm underdogs.
“And obviously that Australia was very strong,” Mashrafe said about the team that included Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Jason Gillespie, Damien Martyn and Michael Hussey. “Australia are always a special team, especially in the World Cup. They always play at their best in the World Cup. It won’t be easy.
“But it’s been a nice memory. I can remember everything we did on that particular day and night. But I hope that the same day will come tomorrow, but for that we have to play hard and at our best.”