During the hotly contested virtual semifinal between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka where Tigers’ clinched the game with a six by Mahmudullah Riyad in the penultimate ball of the innings, there were images that had attracted the attention of the rest of the world during a emotionally charged moment of the game after captain Shakib Al Hasan had intervened to try and call off the batsmen in the final over of the game.
The raucous events transpired after the umpire had failed to signal ‘one-for-the-over’ to bowler Isuru Udana in the first delivery of the last over. The bowler proceeded to bowl another bouncer and Mustafizur Rahman was once more beaten and he ran himself out trying to get Mahmudullah back on strike.
Nurul Hasan Sohan had entered the pitch with water during those chaotic moment and he got involved in a shouting match with Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera. Sohan had to be restrained physically and was lectured by vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad during those moments and at the end of the match Kusal Mendis had to be restrained a calmed by Tamim Iqbal as he went after Sohan.
Sohan, upon returning to Dhaka today revealed what was said between him and Thisara Perera.
“I entered the field of play and was talking to Riyad bhai before I asked the leg-umpire whether the first delivery was a bouncer.
“At that time Thisara came and told me “who are you to talk? Go from here, you don’t have to talk”.
“I told him that I wasn’t talking to him. It was at that point that he verbally abused me. I told him that it was none of his business.
“Maybe I should have kept quiet. In the heat of the moment maybe I replied to him. That was what the event was,” Sohan revealed.