Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal believes that former Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons who coached the side from 2007 to 2011, laid the foundations for the success Bangladesh went on to enjoy after his tenure. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সিডন্সকেই ‘কারিগর’ মনে করেন তামিম]
Bangladesh were looking for a coach after the end of 2007 Cricket World Cup. Towards the end of 2007, they found Australia’s Jamie Siddons and he came on as Bangladesh coach.
The team wasn’t much experienced on that time and Tamim believes that Siddons made a radical change to the Bangladesh team’s training approach. He himself spent hours in the nets with the coach, indoor and outdoor, ironing out his chinks.
“Under Jamie Siddons, I developed as a batsman between 2007 and 2010,” he was quoted as saying on The Cricket Monthly.
He added, “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 kilometers 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.”
However, Bangladesh couldn’t get notable success during his time which they have gotten after he left. But according to Tamim, it was Jamie Siddons who laid the foundations for the success.
“We have a saying that you can’t get the result of hard work instantly. You get it after some time. Jamie was unlucky in the sense that he did all the hard work but didn’t get to taste the success,” he said.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com