Bangladesh made history in Dublin on Wednesday when they moved to the sixth place in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings for the first time following their five-wicket victory over fourth-ranked New Zealand in Dublin.
The victory has put the Tigers at par with Sri Lanka on 93 points, but when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Bangladesh are ranked above Sri Lanka as they have 93.3 points as compared to Sri Lanka’s 92.8.
After achieving such an extraordinary feat, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said it all had been in their aim five or six years, and whatever they have got today got by their own rights.
“It was… I think,” said Tamim Iqbal as he took a moment before continuing: “Five to six years back, we had a discussion about our future targets and we set our own goals, which was to grab the number five position in the ICC ODI rankings.”
“We then progressed as a team step by step. During that journey, some small steps, among other things, brought us to today’s position. We climbed to the number six position in the rankings and we achieved it by our own rights. It is not a gift; we needed hard work to achieve it. We deserve this position,” the southpaw batsman added.
Bangladesh have been on the rice ever since Chandika Hathurusingha came as the head coach back in 2014, and the Tigers started showing vast improvement since the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. However, Tamim opposes the idea that everything started only two years back.
“It would be completely wrong if we think that everything started only two years back. You have to go at least six years back if you want to find the team’s new journey. Our current coach [Chandika Hathurusingha] has been doing a wonderful job but our previous coaches have also contributed hugely to shape this team,” Tamim explained.
“But if you are being honest, you cannot just look at what happened in the last six years. What would have happened to our cricket if a generation failed to become champions in the ICC Trophy and failed to play the World Cup for the first time? Every generation had a great contribution. It was a long journey. It would be wrong to think that this current bunch of cricketers is achieving everything,” he continued.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com