An unbridled euphoria swept across the capital as Bangladesh cricketers yesterday pulled out a memorable 15-run win against England to qualify for the 2015 ICC World Cup quarterfinals.
Students, officials, staffs as well as outsiders gathered at Teachers and Student Center just after the match with national flags, placards, festoons and banners. An enchanted procession was brought out from Oporajeyo Bangla and it ended at Raju sculpture. The fans chanted slogans, waved national flags and braced each other with boundless enjoyment.
Arafat Sarker Shetu, a student of Dhaka University’s Mass Communication Journalism department, said, “It is a great achievement for Bangladesh cricket team as this is the first time Bangladesh have qualified for the quarterfinals.”
Nahidul Islam Nahid, who came from Old Dhaka, said: “I never felt much excitement. Bangladesh will definitely do better in the next matches and will progress to the semifinals.”
Some were seen patrolling campus streets with flags and festoons while students also arranged fireworks and threw liquid colours at each other during the celebration.
During match-time, students of all the residential halls were busy watching television in the common rooms with great excitement.
Students of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Northern University and other private universities came down in the Dhanmondi area with colours in their hands and celebrated the occasion wildly. They also showered colours on the pedestrians and sometimes on the passengers of buses plying in the road. No unpleasant scenario occurred during the celebrations.
The Bangabandhu National Stadium, usually a busy electronics business spot, came to a standstill as hundreds of people gathered in front of different showrooms where big LED televisions were showing the game. A huge roar was heard after the fall of each England wicket and the celebration was remarkable when Bangladesh wrapped up the match. The road-side tea stalls also made brisk business by installing televisions at their stalls.