What a fantastic day spent in Dhaka! The 2015 World Cup semi final India played against Australia was the first time and hopefully the only time in my life, when I enjoyed India losing a match! During the match, the whole of Bangladeh was glued to the TV as if it was there team playing the semis, and everybody had one clear goal…aaj India ko harana hai! Believe me or not, but Bangladesh is much more mad for cricket, than we are. This is not a cricket obsessed nation like India, they are cricket crazy! And you talk to anybody here and they are so upset and angry about the way they lost to India in the quarter finals and had to exit from the tournament. In their words, “India dui numbari kiya”, “umpire ko paisa khilaya india”, “India ICC kharid liya hai”. Some even went on to say “Bangladesh ka badua lagega”! During the end part of Indian innings, I was in a shopping mall and every time there was a huge roar in the mall, I knew that there was another Indian wicket falling!
I spent the evening that day celebrating the Bangladeshi Independence day,attended a public gathering at a national memorial, even bought a Bangladeshi flag, hailed ‘Jai Maharashtra’when the crowd was cheering ‘Jai Bangladesh’ slogans! (I had the liberty to do so as I was accompanied by a local!) I took the iconic Dhaka rickshaw on the way back to my hotel and during the rickshaw ride, waved the flag I bought, with my local friend and hurled pro India slogans! I shouted“Bharat Mata ki Jai” to a rickshaw wallah and he replied “India toh aaj khallas ho gaya” (referring to the match) hahahahaha….what a day to remember!