The new rivalry in the cricketing world is India vs Bangladesh after yet another thrilling final on the last ball in 2018 Asia Cup. Earlier this year, India had posted a last-ball win in Nidahas Trophy final. Both the times, India escaped with a win, with Bangladesh licking their wounds.
A couple of seasons ago, India had snatched a 1-run win over Bangladesh in 2016 World T20. But Bangladesh too had got the better of India on few occasions, when they knocked out Men in Blue from 2007 World Cup and posted a 2-1 ODI series win in 2015 at home.
Coming to 2018 Asia Cup final, Bangladesh, however, ended as second-best when they looked so close to upsetting India. Nevertheless, there are few real-life lessons to learn from the 2018 Asia Cup final.
Not only starting well, but ending well is also important
Bangladesh were cruising to a total of above 300, when they posted 120 for the opening wicket in 20 overs, but then they lost the plot and lost 10 wickets for 102 runs in next 30 overs. Hence, the old saying that well-begun is a job half-done does make sense, but ending well in any work or phase of life is as important to reap the rewards. If only Bangladesh had ended the innings well as well they had started, they would have been holding their maiden Asia Cup title now.
Never give up
After Liton Das’ assault on Indian bowlers in the Asia Cup final, any other lesser team would have given up and went through the motions. But Rohit Sharma and his men kept trying and never giving up hope. And they bounced back admirably through their spinners, especially Kedar Jadhav who broke the threatening century-stand for the opening wicket. Once India found the opening, they cashed in and never looked back.
You never know who can be your trump card
Rohit Sharma tried all his frontline bowlers, from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, but could not break the opening stand before he turned to part-timer Kedar Jadhav who gave the breakthrough in his first over itself and brought India back into the game. Jadhav is soon becoming India’s go-to man and no one expected Jadhav to take first Bangladesh wicket in the final after Indian bowlers’ brilliant show in Asia Cup. Hence, you never know who can be your trump card. So, keep your options open and experiment with your choices.
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going
India, at one stage, were struggling to score runs as experienced MS Dhoni kept on playing dot balls thanks to Bangladesh tight line and length bowling and electric fielding. It was one of the toughest phases in India innings. But India did not panic and stuck on and found their way, first through Jadhav and then through Ravindra Jadeja-Bhuvi stand. And then a limping Jadhav came back to finish off the game.
Having faith in yourself
The way India took the game till the last over was defying logic as they could have accelerated and finished off the game much earlier. But the Jadhav-Kuldeep Yadav pair had high self-belief that they can do the job for India even in the last over. And with Jadhav in the middle, India have faith on themselves that they will cross the line. Jadhav said after the match that he believed he can do the job on the last ball as he has done it before for CSK in IPL 2018 opening match. Hence, it was India’s high self-belief that won their seventh Asia Cup title for them.