Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 7: Be it in any part of the world, Indian cricket team enjoys huge support from the fans. But on Sunday night (March 6), at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, it was different.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India overcame the 11 players on the field and the "12th Man" (read as crowd) to win a record 6th Asia Cup title.
The final, which was delayed for 2 hours due to rain, saw the hosts scoring 120/5 in 15 overs. In reply, India cruised home by 8 wickets with Dhoni sealing the title triumph with a six.
The 25,000 capacity crowd was silenced by India's top-class performance. Whenever a Bangladeshi wicket fell or Indian batsmen hit boundaries, there was pin-drop silence at the venue.
It was one of those rare days where Indian fans were in a minority. After the victory, Virat Kohli was asked about the crowd being against the team and he revealed that such a scenario motivates him.
"I enjoy the crowd being against me, it pumps me up, the more they boo me the more it motivates me," the 27-year-old Kohli said after the final.
The aggressive Kohli is known to give it back to players and fans if he is targeted. In 2012, during a Test match, Kohli showed his middle finger to the crowd in Sydney after he was harassed. He was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for this obscene gesture.
In Mirpur, Kohli, after effecting a run out of Mushfiqur Rahim, gestured to the crowd with his hand indicating that they were making too much noise. He was seen again silencing the fans after accepting captain Mashrafe Mortaza's (out for a golden duck) catch.
Kohli's performance was one of the factors for India's success. He hit an unbeaten 41 (28 balls, 5x4). Shikhar Dhawan made 60. Dhoni smashed a 6-ball 20 not out.