Dhaka: After a historic win of Bangladesh by 2-1 in three matches ODI series, an advertisement in a leading Bangladesh daily newspaper- Prothom Alo- shows top Indian players including Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli with their head half-shaved and under the towering presence of Bangladeshi player Mustafizur Rehman.
The newspaper on Monday (June 29) insulted the Indian players by running the advertisement.
Notify that young left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman had wrecker-in-chief of the visitors’ batting line-up. The 19-year-old Mustafizur captured a world record 13 wickets in 3 games. The fake cutter advertisement in the newspaper shows Mustafizur holding a cutter and under that Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and R Ashwin are seen holding a banner which reads “We’ve used it. You can use it too.”
Advertisement however, mocking India’s abject failure, failed to evoke the response it probably desired as several local fans criticized the post in the paper’s Facebook edition, calling it “unceremonious” and “betraying Bangladeshi culture”.
Bangladesh fans were cock-a-hoop when teenaged pacer Mustifizur knocked out top Indian batsmen in the first two ODIs on June 18 and June 21. Although India won a consolation match in the third game on June 24, Bangladesh credited them with some fine all-round performance.
A reader, Akram Hossain Rumye, wrote: “Dear Editor, this is in poor taste. You have shamed 16 crore Bangladeshis. Is mocking India part of our culture?”
Raznan Ahmed wrote: “Mustifizur is looking like a barber with the cutter in his hand.”
India and Bangladesh are not scheduled to play anytime soon, but given young Team India’s aggressive nature, this half-bald advertisement may see some hair-raising encounters in future.