These are the boys of Khudiram, Salam, Barkat, Rafiq et. al.
As a teenager, legend has it: Khudiram went to face the gallows with a smile
in his face.
The presence of these sanguine and resolute traits in otherwise gentle nature
of Bengalis always shocked the outsiders.
The fearless and resolve genes continue with Salams and Barkats.
The fighting spirit manifests itself unto our heroes of War of Liberation.
I've always thought, as Bengalis, the true spirit of fearsome Bengal Tigers
lays dormant in our DNAs.
We have the calmness of an ocean with all its might that lies within.
In a moments notice, we have always managed to transform ourselves from peaceful
felines to fearsome Tigers.
Come whatever may, we stand firm.
Not despite but because of the repeated calamities from nature, abject poverty,
boundless corruption; we still write happy songs, keep on dreaming, thanks to
that fearless spirit.
Does it still hold true? Have the youth of today lost that link to the spirit
If not, can anyone explain the Fear observed in BD Tigers?
"It's going to be a tough road and at some stage
they're going to break through, but that could depend on when
they have no fear,"
- Fleming, NZ captain
New Age: What about the Bangladesh performance?
Wasim Akram: Bangladesh batsmen have to be braver,
talent is very much there, the whole nation is supporting them but they
have to play in the front foot. If the ball hits them they are
not going to die because it?s only a cricket ball. So
be brave and come on the front foot.