Away back in the middle of the Bangladesh’s renovated cricket history after gaining full membership of International Cricket Council in the year of 2000, Tamim Iqbal Khan, the heir of late Iqbal Khan and uncle Akram Khan, who once led the side and marked heroics in even enchanted ICC trophy, had one of the most uneven careers in country’s cricket.
Being taken and not taken was a matter of time for him – casted away many times whenever he failed in the field, even criticized for the low fitness level he bore then. But with the time, he paid the trust that put upon him full to the brim, the left handed batsman became the highest run getter for Bangladesh in all three formats of the game.
He, therefore, is one of the two Bangladeshi batsmen to score 10,000 international runs. Shakib Al Hasan is the other batsman to score more than 10 thousand runs for the country.
Dueling to Cricbuzz for a lengthy talking, Tamim reminisced the painful memories of World T20 loss against India and how that changed the mental momentum of Bangladesh cricketers afterwards.
He thus said, “That got us back to our feet, until the last ball is bowled, the match is not over. One prime example was when we chased down 214, he could have gone for the glory shot which he didn’t, he made sure that we finish the game and then start to celebrate.”
Tamim epitomized that day’s picture, “We were so happy after Mushfiqur hit those two boundaries, even me standing just outside the dressing room, I never thought that we would need just two runs from three balls, we need to take a one and it will do. We were so happy that we just wanted to finish the game and run and celebrate and all that. Probably, similar things happened to Mushfiqur as well.”
“We never discussed the Bangalore game. Took us a long time to get over it, not just players but as a team, family, friends… people for a certain time, they stopped watching cricket in Bangladesh. We got knocked out but the World Cup wasn’t over, people didn’t watch those games. People were very disappointed,” Tamim said.
Henceforward, Bangladesh lost yet another closest contest against India in the Nidahas Trophy 2018. The tense final ended at the Tigers moaning for the last ball defeat – Dinesh Karthik hit the flat six off the ultimate delivery where India needed 5 runs to clinch the trophy.
Saying, “Virat is the prime example, but we have examples in our team too. Someone like Mushfiqur Rahim, how he maintains himself, how he trains, his food habits, I don’t need to see too far ahead because I have someone in my team who is exactly the same.”
“I don’t think fitness will make you score runs but I am a big believer fitness will help you to score runs. It’s a priority now,” the left hander said.