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MHRAM
June 13, 2017, 01:26 PM
Seldom have we been in the second round of major tournaments.

Never have we even played a semi-final. This is our first semi-final and hopefully first of many to come.

Now I know to some this is "just another semi-final" but it is more than that my friends. Reasons why I feel this match is so important for us:

1) Winning this match means going to the finals. Now people forget the name of the semi-finalists but the finalists are almost always remembered. They say that the hardest game of a tournament is the semi-finals and rightly so. This is the moment when your focus is off because you are thinking about the dreamy final and winning it. This is what distracts teams in semi-finals. So often did we see some of the best sides being knocked out in the Semis despite being bossy in the group stages. And we never played a final of a world tourney. Just imagine the luxury of playing a final of a world tournament? Semis and quarters are meh, but playing an actual final with the whole world looking at you? That my friend is something different. If you lose in a final, well people will be like "you won our hearts", lose in a semis, people won't remember you.

2) Reimburse the fact that we truly belong: When kenya played the Semis in 03 WC people said it was a one off. Well it really was. We fans know that this is not a one-off. And that we can get better and better. However, a lot of fans will look at it as a fluke. They will be like: "well you got here because of rain" etc. etc. But if we win this no one will bat an eye. No one will argue about BD being a minnow

3) Showing the world that we can beat India: Now India lately have been getting the better of us in ICC events. We have lost to them in the last 5 matches in ICC events. The record stands 5-1 in ICC events. The last time we beat them in an ICC event was 10 years ago, we have been winless ever since. Now beating India in a SF is big big deal for anyone. If you can beat India in a pressure match, people will take you seriously. Heck no one gave Lanka a chance until they beat India. Only then people took note of Lanka's potential batting ability. And we know things with India haven't been great. Our fans have been going through a lot lately and it would really cheer them up if we won this match. Oh, and if we beat India here guaranteed a lot of series with India in India in the years to come that I can guarantee.

4) Show the world we can perform when the pressure is on: Yes, we have been guilty of undperforming when the pressure is on. I know we haven't been in too many knockouts but now that we are in on its time to show we can win a semi-final, and the we wont just fall like a pack of cards as always

So as you all can see, this match truly is an important match for us by all means. Win this match and the whole world will be at our feet. The whole world will respect us.

If we lose we can't be too dissatisfied with our boys because they exceeded expectations, but if we win it will be huge. So I hope the boys are going to give their 100%.

Nafi
June 13, 2017, 02:47 PM
I think asian final was more important and we blew that.

If we progress to champions final, then that would be more important.

MHRAM
June 13, 2017, 03:13 PM
I think asian final was more important and we blew that.

If we progress to champions final, then that would be more important.

Asian final? Lol

This is an ICC event followed and watched by millions and even people in Aus/Eng. You win Asia cup, no one would care. Win a semi-final and beat India, now that is big.

Asia cup is just an ordinary tournament. No one gives much value to it. Played every 2 years, only 4/5 teams usually

horizon
June 13, 2017, 03:37 PM
Asian final? Lol

This is an ICC event followed and watched by millions and even people in Aus/Eng. You win Asia cup, no one would care. Win a semi-final and beat India, now that is big.

Asia cup is just an ordinary tournament. No one gives much value to it. Played every 2 years, only 4/5 teams usually

Spot on, I strongly believe this is the best result (so far) Bangladesh has ever achieved.

Mas_UK25
June 13, 2017, 04:11 PM
World cup QF?
World cup is the most important event! Of all ICC tournaments!

Lets not go overboard with this. It's an 8team tournament, hence when u go past group stage, you enter semis. But nowhere it's bigger than the WC!

Tigers_eye
June 13, 2017, 04:13 PM
What Semi-finals?

We won Dana cup. We won Gothia cup. We have footage of our glorious victories as well. Won it over the world's best had to offer.

MHRAM
June 13, 2017, 04:26 PM
World cup QF?
World cup is the most important event! Of all ICC tournaments!

Lets not go overboard with this. It's an 8team tournament, hence when u go past group stage, you enter semis. But nowhere it's bigger than the WC!

No doubt world cup is bigger but the point is that we are in the semis ahead of some of the top teams in the world is a big thing on its own.

4 teams qualify for a semi, 8 for the quarters.
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Rifat
June 13, 2017, 05:35 PM
It's all my fault.(Opened a thread titled "Bangladesh can beat India") I think we are overhyping this match wayyyy too much. Remember, in world cup 2011, how it ended against West Indies and South Africa? Bangladesh doesn't perform to its standard in such pressure cooker matches. Bangladesh rather plays its best cricket when it has nothing to lose. Now I am scared...

adamnsu
June 13, 2017, 06:25 PM
IMO all games Bangladesh played against the top teams are important to me.

This semi final is definitely up there, but I think the final we lost in the Asia Cup had more gravity.

Vepu
June 14, 2017, 12:49 AM
It's all my fault.(Opened a thread titled "Bangladesh can beat India") I think we are overhyping this match wayyyy too much. Remember, in world cup 2011, how it ended against West Indies and South Africa? Bangladesh doesn't perform to its standard in such pressure cooker matches. Bangladesh rather plays its best cricket when it has nothing to lose. Now I am scared...

Not true. Let's take a quick glance at the important matches we managed to win against top teams.
Vs England in 15 WC
Vs NZ in this champions trophy
Vs SL and Pakistan in 2016 Asia cup
Vs India and Sl in 2012 Asia cup.
All of them were must win games.

MHRAM
June 14, 2017, 01:26 AM
It's all my fault.(Opened a thread titled "Bangladesh can beat India") I think we are overhyping this match wayyyy too much. Remember, in world cup 2011, how it ended against West Indies and South Africa? Bangladesh doesn't perform to its standard in such pressure cooker matches. Bangladesh rather plays its best cricket when it has nothing to lose. Now I am scared...

Do we have anything to lose against India? No

We have so much to gain. Watch what haturi has to say
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5tonne
June 14, 2017, 01:35 AM
Most high profile yet but not most important. Most important was 2015 WC quarter final. You can win four champions trophy titles but won't be equivalent to a WC title.

Rifat
June 14, 2017, 10:20 AM
Not true. Let's take a quick glance at the important matches we managed to win against top teams.
Vs England in 15 WC
Vs NZ in this champions trophy
Vs SL and Pakistan in 2016 Asia cup
Vs India and Sl in 2012 Asia cup.
All of them were must win games.

Yes, true. I remember when fans overhype things way too much that's when things head south

Night_wolf
June 14, 2017, 10:39 AM
Do we have anything to lose against India? No
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exactly, nothing to lose and everything to gain

TNAmrkFrmInd
June 14, 2017, 11:44 AM
Do we have anything to lose against India?
The chance to play in the Champions Trophy final.

MHRAM
June 14, 2017, 05:15 PM
The chance to play in the Champions Trophy final.

I get your point but it's not something people expect us. People look at the finals and feel: well this should belong to Indian atleast
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