Other than the enormous support in home series, the Indian cricket team never lacks the support from the stands even in tours, be it anywhere in the world, from New Zealand to West Indies. However, there is one place that Team India has no one to raise their voice in the stadium, and surprisingly, as Rohit Sharma reveals, its the immediate neighbours Bangladesh!
Although not being a historical rival unlike Pakistan or Australia, the Bangladesh cricket team has been forming a rivalry with India, especially after the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quarterfinal face off.
Rohit Sharma recently went live on Facebook with Bangladeshi cricketing icon Tamim Iqbal, and discussing various topics regarding the sport, the Indian hit man opener talked about the team’s experience in playing in Bangladesh, and the enthusiastic crowd present in every match.
“India and Bangladesh have passionate cricket fans, when we make mistakes, we are criticised from all corners, I know it is similar in Bangladesh, I know how passionate fans can get in Bangladesh, when we come to the ground to play the match, it is unbelievable,” Sharma said during the live session.
However, its the unusual lack of any backing for India from the spectators in the country, which Sharma points out, “India is not used to playing without any sort of crowd support, Bangladesh is the only place where we do not get any support. We get support wherever we go, Bangladesh is the only place where we do not get any support.”
Although, Sharma’s words carried a sense of appraisal for The Tigers, who have been transforming into an elite cricketing nation throughout the recent years.
“I know Bangladesh fans really get behind you, this is a totally different Bangladesh side now, you have a sense of eagerness in your team now, everybody says that, we have seen with your performances during the 2019 World Cup as well,” the 33 year old Men in Blue opener added.