This World Cup itself was a challenge for me : Rubel
11 March 2015, Nirapad News: Rubel Hossain simply put the icing on the complete team effort on Monday as Bangladesh knocked out the inventor of cricket, England from the World Cup to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in five editions. It was a pressure game no doubt and the stage was even difficult for the fast bowler Rubel who has been in the headlines for “personal reasons” and is only part of the Tigers World Cup squad because a local court granted him bail until the end of the tournament.
Hailing from Bagerhat, it was a huge relief for Rubel who proved his mettle to the country, the world and more importantly, himself. “This World Cup itself was a challenging one for me but after this performance I think everything will be great. Every player gave their effort and that was the reason we reached the quarterfinal,” said Rubel whilst heading towards the team bus at the airport yesterday.
The Bangladesh team celebrated their victory till late at night but still looked fresh when they arrived for breakfast at Intercontinental hotel in Adelaide yesterday. There were no signs of fatigue at all and watching Tamim Iqbal it seemed he was granted a new life and rightly so. Tamim or Shakib al Hasan were seen having a relaxed attitude while they were getting on the bus at the airport as Bangladesh headed for Auckland at 11 am.
Meanwhile, we, the traveling journalists, did not let Rubel go so easily as the 25-year-old emphasized, “I try to give my hundred percent whenever I get the opportunity and I was willing to do something for my team from the bottom of my heart and Allah has gifted me the day yesterday (Monday). It was my dream to win a match and take five wickets in this World Cup and I think it was the day.”
The slinging action from the right-handed Rubel produced reverse swing as he rattled the stumps of Stuart Broad and James Anderson to land the emphatic 15-run win over England in the 49th over.
“The last over of the match will remain as the most memorable moment of my life. I was bowling to Stuart Broad who is basically a tail-ender, however, he bats well too and I was thinking if I could get his wicket the game will be in our favor. I prayed to Allah and I got the result. I was confident of bowling at a good line, like a good yorker,” he added.
Rubel spoke of the inspiration they gathered from the ever-loving cricket fans of Bangladesh and he also believes they are capable of beating their opponent in the quarter-final, who it looks like will be India.
“The love from the people of Bangladesh gives us the inspiration to do well. We have reached the quarter-final and I think we are capable of making an upset in the last eight.”