Dav Whatmore resigned from the post of Bangladesh’s head coach in 2007, after guiding the side to the super 8 of ICC World cup 2007.To fill the void of this Australian, the Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) appointed another Australian, former batting coach of Australia, Jamie Siddons. He coached the side from 2007-2011 and helped a young talented Tamim Iqbal recognize his potential.
Recently in an interview, Bangladesh opener and the current highest run scorer in Test and ODI’s for Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal, credited Siddons for the success he and the team has achieved over the years. Siddon’s different coaching methods helped Tamim overcome his weaknesses and become the world class batsman he is now.
“Under Jamie Siddons, I developed as a batsman between 2007 and 2010,” Tamim said.“We always thought that working hard was doing gym, running, and improving fitness. Jamie changed that; he said that working hard isn’t just about running five or ten kilometres or spending hours in the gym. He taught us that working hard can be in batting too. If a batsman goes to the nets and bowling machine, and starts playing cover drive or on the pads, it is easy practice. When a batsman tries to tackle deliveries in the rib area, that’s working hard. He changed this within us.”
Tamim, who is now become Bangladesh’s most reliable and consistent batsman, started his career with a bang, scoring a defiant fifty against India in the 2007 World cup, which played a huge part in India’s early exit from the competition. But after the initial outburst, Tamim had to face a lot of adversaries. Team’s around the world targeted Tamim’s weaknesses and took advantage of his short tempered mind set. Tamim overcame those weaknesses under the supervision of Siddons. Tamim’s most memorable run in Tests, back to back centuries against England, century against West Indies and India, being named Wisden Test player of the year in 2010, all came under the guidance of Siddons.