A photograph posted by a Bangladeshi fan has been at the centre of a huge controversy in social media ahead of the Asia Cup final between India and Bangladesh on Sunday.
The image shows Bangladeshi fast bowler Taskin Ahmed carrying the severed head of the Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni and it has caused majour outrage among the Indian cricket fans.
This isn’t the first time that a Bangladeshi fan has resorted to such tactics on the social media to target the Indian Cricket Team.
In 2015, after the Indian batsmen struggled against Mustafizur Rahman, who had made his debut during that series, a Bangladeshi newspaper posted a photo of half-shaved heads of the Indian players, in order to show the after effects of Mustafizur’s ‘cutters’ or slow deliveries.
A photo published in a Bangladesh newspaper after Indian batsmen struggled against Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo: Twitter)
The rivalry had taken a fierce form when Rohit was given not-out when he was caught off this delivery in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final.
Rohit was caught off what some believed to be a legal delivery, whereas the umpires had ruled it as a ‘no-ball’ for being above waist height.
Rohit went on to score a hundred in that game and India defeated Bangladesh to proceed to the semi-final of the World Cup. Some members of the Bangladeshi fraternity, it seems, are still upset with an incident that happened almost a year back.
Thereafter, Bangladesh defeated India 2-1 in a bilateral ODI series at home, wherein, Mustafizur Rahman tormented the Indian batsmen with his subtle variations and pace.
India team director Ravi Shastri responded to the image that has gone viral on social media by saying that they do not read newspapers and that the job is only to play cricket.
The India-Bangladesh clash has also assumed prime importance amongst the fans on both sides of the border and it’s precisely for the same reason that the Asia Cup final is expected to a high octane one.