Rakheem Cornwall didn't even get up. He just took the catch of Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Bowler Jomel Warrickan threw his fists in the sky. However, it was difficult for the West Indies spinner to raise his hand. His teammates came running from the behind and grabbed him.
Substitute fielder Kavem Hodge climbed on Cornwall's shoulder as soon as he took off. It seemed like Hodge just climbed Everest.
Well, it may well be a symbolic picture of the West Indies' series victory against Bangladesh. This Windies team had 13 regular players missing from their team sheet, it indeed was a miracle, of like climbing Everest, if you want to say.
Their full-strength West Indies returned home after being whitewashed in the red ball cricket a few years ago, the same team giving back the taste of whitewash is nothing less than a mountain win!
The Test series win against Bangladesh with such a team is nothing less than a fairy-tale for Brathwaite and Co. This fairy tale may not have the fame of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gary Sobers, but it has an amazing story to make a very ordinary team extraordinary.
This ought to be a 'learning curve' for the visiting Windies side. They came with a lot of new faces in their squads for both Test and ODIs. Even some of the Bangladeshi cricketers and board members showed disappointment over this. But this 'inexperienced' Windies side proved experience and ability are not the same things. The newbies played to their full potential, showed integrity, and gave their everything on the pitch while the hosts literally fell into the pit-black hole.
Test team captain Mominul Haque told after the series defeat that Bangladesh have not made much progress in 20 years of playing Test cricket and they are still learning.
"It's been 20 years that we're playing Test cricket but I don't think we've really made much progress. There is no end to improvement and for as long as we play," Mominul said.
Bangladesh's spin attack is an important part of this endless learning curve. They mostly rely on the spin to defeat the opponent at home. The pacers are always falling out of favor. This time, as many as 5 pacers were included in the squad, but only two pacers played in the two Tests.
Then comes the question of batsmen' batting ability against spin. The curators are asked to make spin-friendly pitches to make it easy for the spinners against the opposition, but our own batsmen find it difficult to play them.
Among the 38 wickets of Bangladesh in this series, 27 were picked by Windies spinners. Rakheem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican troubled the Bangladeshi batsmen more than Bangladeshi spinners could do. A lesson to learn maybe.
Nazmul Abedin Fahim, BKSP's cricket consultant, told The Business Standard after seeing only one fast bowler in the first-Test XI, 'Bangladesh players don't earn much by playing Tests. Bowling in Test cricket is much more difficult than in ODIs and T20s. When they don't get a chance after working hard, they get disappointed and frustrated. For this, they may leave the Test and focus on another format. For this, our number of Test-friendly bowlers will gradually decrease in the future.'
Bangladesh started its Test journey back in 2000. Since then, the team has played 121 Tests and won only 14 during this long period. They lost in 91 matches and drew 18.
In most of the drawn matches, however, hostile weather contributed more. While there are wins against the likes of Australia, England, and South Africa, there is also a defeat against the newbie Afghanistan.
If the team still needs time to learn even after 20 years of playing Test cricket, then it can be assumed that their 'learning' course will not come to an end anytime soon.