Bangladesh are touring India for a T20I and a Test series amid controversies after their ace player Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for a year for not reporting approaches from bookies. India will start favourites in both the series.
There has been no dearth of controversies during India vs Bangladesh series. Cricwizz takes a look at top controversies in India vs Bangladesh series across formats.
The no-ball controversy in World Cup quarterfinals in 2015
Bangladesh had Team India on a tight spot in the World Cup quarterfinals until Rohit Sharma rescued India with a knock of 137. But the Tigers felt they had got the back of Rohit Sharma even before he has scored the ton. Rohit holed out on a full-toss from Rubel Hossain in the deep. But the ball was ruled out a no-ball as it was deemed above the waist.
However, Bangladesh felt it otherwise. The no-ball snowballed into a big controversy as Bangladesh Cricket Board said they would lodge an appeal against the umpiring decision.
Posters mocking Indian batsmen
During India’s 1-2 defeat against Bangladesh in the ODI series in 2015, a leading daily of Bangladesh came out with an advertisement that erupted into a big controversy.
The ad showed Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman carrying a cutter on his hand with half-shaved heads of Indian batsmen below it. It showed the after-effects of his deliveries that made Indian cricketers dance to his tune in the series.
The poster generated a lot of controversy and was in poor taste.
MS Dhoni elbows out Mustafizur Rahman
In the first ODI at Mirpur in 2015, India were struggling at 128/5 chasing 308 for a win. Debutant Mustafizur Rahman was on fire, However, he was coming in the line of Indian batsmen’s run.
Rohit Sharma brought this to Rahman’s attention. However, the young pacer continued to do so and came in the line of Dhoni’s run.
Dhoni elbowed him out to complete the run. Both Dhoni and Rahman was fined following the incident.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s tweet in 2016 World T20
India had beaten Bangladesh by just a run in the league match in 2016 World T20. Mushfiqur Rahim had apologised to the nation for his failure to take the team across the finish line.
But once India had lost to West Indies in semis, Rahim took to Twitter to troll India. Rahim posted a picture of MS Dhoni during the post-match presentation ceremony and tweeted, ““Happiness is this…!!! #Ha ha ha…!!! India lost in the semifinal”.
However, Rahim later deleted the tweet and apologised for the earlier message, stating he is a West Indies fan. However, it boiled down to another unwanted controversy and spoiled India-Bangladesh relations further.
Taskin Ahmed carrying a severed head of MS Dhoni
Ahead of the Asia Cup final in 2016, a photograph showing fast bowler Taskin Ahmed carrying the severed head of the India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni went viral on social media.
This picture was reportedly posted on Facebook by a Bangladeshi cricket fan ahead of Asia Cup final, which India won by 8 wickets. Ironically, it was Dhoni who smashed his trademark six to get the winning runs in the final.