‘I don’t want it happen even with my biggest enemy’

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Does Tamim Iqbal hate the number 95 now? Of course he does. No matter whether he admits it or not. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘শত্রুর জন্যও এটা কামনা করি না’]

Because this is the number on which he got out not once, not twice, not thrice, but as many as four times so far in his international cricket.

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Three times in ODI cricket, and once in Test cricket did Tamim get out on his cursed number on 95, and the last instance of this came in the match against Australia.

It all started during an ODI match against Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium of Chittagong back in the year 2010. This is the first time Tamim got out on 95.

Then this happened three more times. Once in a Test match against New Zealand in Mirpur in 2013. The third time it occured in the 2015 World Cup, in the match against Scotland. Otherwise, instead of Mahmudullah Riyad it could be Tamim to hit Bangladesh’s first centurion on the greatest stage of them all.

And the last time it happened a fortnight ago in the Australia match, which cost Tamim the chance to smash three tons in a row in 50-over cricket (if we count the warm-up match against Pakistan prior to the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as well).

A ‘feeling of nothingness’ is all Tamim gets whenever he is out on 95.

“Actually I can’t describe the feeling in words,” Tamim says. “I feel so bad that I think there can’t be any worse feeling in the world. That moment when I walk back to the pavilion… Oh, it’s so miserable!

“I also think that I got out on 95 means I missed out on scoring a century on four occasions. When I watch a cricket match of other teams on the TV, I don’t even want my biggest enemy to get out when he is in the nervous 90’s, I don’t want to miss him the century. Because I know well exactly how bad it feels.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com