First an 128 against England in the opening match, and then following it up with another solid 95 – no doubt Tamim Iqbal has been in an astounding form in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ তামিমের জন্য পন্টিংয়ের বিশেষ টিপস]
With already 223 runs to his name in just two matches with an astonishing average of 111.50, the Bangladeshi southpaw batsman is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament, even ahead of the likes of England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
While Joe Root has so far scored 197 runs, Kane Williamson has been able to gather 187 runs beside his name. So Tamim is now very much in contention to become the highest run-scorer of yet another major ICC event. ‘Yet another’, because he was the highest run-scorer of last year’s ICC World T20 in India as well.
While Australian legend and former skipper Ricky Ponting is very much impressed with Tamim’s extraordinary form, he has some tips for the Chittagong lad as well. Ponting is of the opinion that Tamim should concentrate on taking singles and rotate the strike also to make his innings even more effective.
“Always you will see there are so many boundaries in his innings. But the thing is, he also has to work on bringing out singles to get off the strike and decrease the number of dot balls he has played,” said Ponting, who is now working with Sky Sports as a cricket analyst.
Tamim had a strike rate of 90.14 in the first match, while 83.33 in the second match. Such strike rate after playing out more than 100 balls is hardly satisfying in modern-cricket nowadays. Had he taken some more singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard ticking, his strike rate too could have been much more improved.
Ponting also added, “Tamim has got so many shots in his hands. He is literally dominating the fast bowlers. His footwork against the spinners is also coming to be quite handy.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com