Sparks are already flying high ahead of the 2016 Asia Cup final between Bangladesh and India on Sunday. However, on twitter, an image depicting this intensity has already gone viral, sparking outrage.
A tweet by a fan with the twitter handle @pankajpundir82 has depicted Bangladesh pace bowler Taskin Ahmed roaring and holding a chopped-off head of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
— Pankaj Pundir (@pankajpundir82) March 5, 2016
This is not the first time that an image on Twitter has gone viral when it comes to matches between India and Bangladesh.
In June 2015, Bangladesh registered their first-ever bilateral series win against India when they defeated them 2-1 in the three-match ODI series. In that series, Mustafizur Rahman was the star, taking 13 wickets in the three games including two consecutive five-wicket hauls.
Following that haul by Mustafizur, a Bengali newspaper, Prothom Alo, used it in an advertisement. The advertisement, apparently for a stationary store, appeared in the June 28th edition and mocked the Indian batsmen’s inability to play Mustafizur’s clever cutters in their tagline.
In the pre-match press conference, India team director Ravi Shastri did not dwell much into the incident, stating that the team was focused and determined on putting on a good show in the final.
Bangladesh have been in good form in the Asia Cup, defeating Pakistan and Sri Lanka enroute to the final. However, their only loss in this tournament has been to India, who have been in magnificent form. India will be hoping to continue their winning run while Bangladesh will be aiming for some silverware at home.