I didn’t think, you didn’t think, nobody thought either
Incredible! Incredible! Unprecedented!
What else can be said, say it!
It takes a lot of effort to find the right words to describe the world champions’ thrashing!
The three words at the beginning of the writing, all three are correct. What does not want to be believed is unbelievable. Unthinkable means, what could not be thought. And phenomenal…I can visualize your furrowed brows. I can imagine the annoyance. Hey, while telling a story of happiness, I see that the school of words has opened! We do not know this!
Of course you know. What you don’t know is the reason for writing these things. what is that Like that puzzle in the T-20 series, sitting down to write with a 3-0 scoreline in front and getting all messed up.
As it seems to have said so much, everything was understood! Or ‘unimaginable’ is the best word here. Unimaginable, meaning that which could never have been imagined—as a one-word expression of this, it is now easy to carry on the phrase ‘England-washed’. Seems excessive? Super emotional? So let me go back to the morning of the first match of the T20 series on March 9. Think about it, four days later in Mirpur Sherebangla Stadium, you could not even imagine the night of this light spreading, confetti flying or not! If the answer is ‘yes’, then ask for forgiveness. You are a descendant of Brother Nostradamus. See the future with the eyes of God.
We all know the real answer. I didn’t think, neither did you, nobody thought. Had this happened in the ODI series, Bangladesh would have thrashed England – it would not have been something to be shocked by such a surprise. But England is the champion of the 50-over World Cup as well as the 20-over. So what’s the difference?
The difference is that 30 overs. Means ODI and T20. England may be the ODI world champions, but Bangladesh are no laughing matter in this edition either. It is a powerful force on the ground of the country. Whereas in T20 England is the first boy of the class, Bangladesh is a student of the back bench. Even in Tests, Bangladesh is still a passenger on the iceberg, but T-20 means drowning in the sea. After taking charge again, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe has not without reason mentioned the shortest length of cricket as her biggest challenge. I don’t know whether to admit it now, but Hathurusinghe would probably have been happy if he had won a match in the T20 series. Maybe so is Shakib.
There win in three matches of the series! That victory is also not obtained by crying. Which has come riding on the back of mighty Shaurya. Batting-bowling-fielding as the best team in all three categories. Bangladesh has never played three T20 matches in a row. The greatest achievement in the history of minor cricket – no question about it. What if the boundary can be spread more than just T20? Even so, it will be at the very top of the unforgettable achievements of cricket in this country. What can come in comparison? Back-to-back series wins against Pakistan, India and South Africa in 2015 will be remembered. Pakistan also lost the tri-series by 3–0. Test wins against England and Australia will come up, of course the win against New Zealand at Mt Manganui. However, this T20 series can be matched most probably with the 4-0 ODI series against New Zealand in 2010. In the condition of the Bangladesh team at that time, 4-0 also overwhelmed everyone with the feeling of the words used at the beginning of this article.
It was in that series that the word ‘Banglawash’ entered the cricket dictionary. It was first used by commentator Athar Ali Khan during the West Indies tour the previous year. But then it did not get much publicity. New Zealand got so much after the collapse that everyone involved in cricket in that country, who visited New Zealand, knew that. After that Banglawash has gradually become synonymous with whitewash in Bangladeshi cricket. I have also heard the objection that it is insulting to the opponent. But many find the smell of racism in whitewash. That’s why West Indians changed the color and named it ‘Blackwash’ after blowing away England in the eighties.
What can be said here – Banglawash of the English? It sounds good. If anyone in England objects, he can be told an old story. Telling a story, but it is true. After losing the Lord’s Test in three days on their first visit to England in 2005, an English newspaper wrote, ‘This disorganized Bangladesh team should not come within 100 miles of Lord’s in the future.’
We certainly won’t say that. We have a reputation for hospitality. We would rather say, let England come back to this country again and again. Let’s float in such joy.