Thursday, September 16, 2021
Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2004
These are the boys of Khudiram, Salam, Barkat, Rafiq et. al.

Ahmad A. Iqbal

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 of Khudirams?

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.