Bangladesh win ODI series: Complete cross border newspaper review

Sudipta / 22 June 2015

Bangladesh fans, after clinching the series 2-0 win over India in the three match ODI series for the first time in the history played between these two neighbours, have gone berserk. The English daily of Bangladesh joined them today morning celebrated with big headlines and flowery words and showered praised on “wonder boy” Mustafizur Rahman. English dailies from Kolkata were also no different; they also praised the Bangladesh for their series victory over India bettering in all departments. The picture of teenage sensation, a jubilant Mustafizur Rahman being carried by his teammates, featured on all leading publications.

Let’s check how they mirrored yesterday night’s thumping victory over neighbour India

#1 The Daily Star -Dhaka

The Daily Star described the victory as “incredible”. They printed a big photograph of Mustafizur Rahman celebrating the victory riding on his team mate’s shoulder in the front-page. The match report described the scene of euphoric celebration of Bangladesh cricketers with water. Report written by Naimul Karim also mentioned about Bangladesh’s champions trophy qualification with this series victory. He also had thrown away the theory of experts from the other side of the border who credited the result to the “unpreparedness of the Indian outfit.”

#2 The independent

They also published the same photograph as The Daily Star in the front page, but with a cracking headline “Bangladesh tear apart India.” The report written by Soyed Mohhamad Pithu showered praised on Mustafizur Rahman. He wrote how Mustafizur “snapped up 6 for 43 to inflict another humiliation to much haunted Indian batting line up, sending them crushing to a below par total of 200 in 45 over.” The daily also have done wide column story on the rise of Stakhira boy and his back to back sparkling performance under a headline – “Magical Mustafiz dazzles again.”


#3 The Daily Sun

The daily Sun wrote “yellow black lighting strikes India” in the front page with the photograph of Bangladesh team mate lifted up Mustafizur Rahman as they celebrated victory in the second ODI against India at Sher-e-Bangla national stadium. This daily has also given a subhead line that read “tiger wins historic ODI series.” The report written by Adnan Hadi did not try different thing as he  also showered praised on Mustafizur Rahman for his “back to back terrific bowling performance.”

#4 The Daily Observer

They published the news of Bangladesh’s series victory over India in the left of the front-page with the delighted Mustafizur Rahman’s photo of after grabbing the six wickets. They termed Bangladesh cricketers as tigers in a left aligned headline “Tigers maul India to win historic ODI series.”  They also mentioned the greetings of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the victorious team.  The newspaper also took a one column story on Mustafizur, who had made a world record by becoming the second cricketer who picked up five and more wickets in his each of his first two ODIs after Brian Vitori of Zimbabwe. Mistafizur is also the first man in the history of ODI cricket who took eleven wickets in his first two matches.

#5 Dhaka Tribune

In the front it has published one page photograph of Mustafizur under the banner headline “tigers burning bright.” Acknowledging the individual brilliance of Mustafizur Rahman the newspaper wrote “Mustafiz mauls India.” It also specially mentioned in one line about Bangladesh’s qualification in the 2017 champions trophy.  Reporter Reazur Rohman Rohan termed Bangladesh side as “brave and bold”, later in the intro he described, “brave and bold Bangladesh rode on complete teamwork to outplay Indiain every department as the home side secured the three-match one day international series with a game to spare.” He also underlined Dhoni’s trick in futile. It read, “the was another hapless day out for Indian skipper MS Dhoni in Dhaka as no matter whatever trick he pulled out, Bangladesh were eqally up to their task and neutralized any incoming threat in their way to dominating  six wicket victory.” Like the other dailies Dhaka Tribune also carried a special copy on “wonder boy” Mistafizur Rahman.

#6 The Times of India-Kolkata

The highest circulated daily of the world opted to join euphoric Bangladesh and reprimanded India’s overconfidence that made them to lose the series. It wrote a subhead “pathetic India surrender to Mustafizur as Bangladesh win median ODI series vs neighbours” under a headline “mauled in Mirpur” with a photograph of Mustafizur Rahman who was lifted by team mates after wining the second ODI at Mirpur, Dhaka. Sports editor Sumit Mukerjee, who is visiting with team India in Bangladesh, termed India as a “panic stricken” team. He wrote, “surprises and shocks were dished out in equal measure on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla national stadium where Bangladesh recorded a historic series win over India. On a day when Indian cricket sunk to a new low and Bangladesh cricket came of age, Mashrafe Mortaza’s youthful brigade hammered out a six-wicket win in the second ODI to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.”

#7 The Telegraph- Kolkata

On both side of the must-head the daily printed a dejected MS Dhoni’s image who hiding his face with both hand in the left and a triumphant photo of Mustafizur in the right. That said all. On the sports page it published Masrafie Mortaza’s statement about the series “a great moment”  as a waist head line two columns with a large iconic photograph Mustafizur which published in all newspaper across the border. The Kolkata daily also gave special attention to Dhoni’s observation on the pathetic loss, Dhoni said, “the is not the end of the world.”  The daily carried out a four columns press interview of MS Dhoni in which a depressed Dhoni quoted as saying “I am the one who always blamed,” he lamented.    

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