Check out Tamim’s record and let him play: Neil McKenzie
The devastating Tamim Iqbal is now a shadow of himself. He did not bat well again in the first match of the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. At the opening, when Liton Das was crushing the bowlers, Tamim fought with himself on the other end.
But even the dashing opener of Bangladesh did not last long in the wicket. In front of a weak bowling line-up like Zimbabwe, he scored 24 runs off 43 balls, gave his wicket to Wesley Madhevere’s off-spin. Where in the power-play his run was just 15 from 31 balls.
So, as usual the question now arises about Tamim’s batting style in the first match of the series at Sylhet International Stadium on Sunday (March 1). But the responsibility of keeping one end stable is on his shoulders? The Tigers’ batting coach, Neil McKenzie, has pointed out that there is no such directive to Tamim.
“Tamim knows his plan,” he told the media at Sylhet International Stadium on Monday (March 2nd) before the second ODI of the series. “We are not schoolmasters. We do not tell anyone what to learn or do. We share opinions and thoughts. I give technical advice. Then it is a matter of cricketers to implement in those fields.”
Tamim, though not against Zimbabwe, played the role of pulling the team’s innings for the past few years. From the management of the national team to the last BPL coaches, they also spoke about his role.
However, McKenzie made it clear that Tamim’s role in the squad is no more. He added, “We are talking about a senior, not a young man. Believe it or not he knows the mistake he has made before. His own wicket is very valuable to him.
That is what made him such a successful cricketer. The thing is, he has to free his arms in some balls. If he can earn another one or two boundaries at the start, you’ll be forced to leave him behind.”
Highlighting the intense pressure that cricketers have to play, McKenzie said,
“There is a lot of media in Bangladesh. Due to which there is a lot of pressure on the cricketers to perform. Sometimes players have to pay a little ‘benefit of doubt’. Check out Tamim’s record and let him play. International cricket is a very difficult place.”
“It is not that Tamim is not trying. Now he is more fit than ever. He is working on his own game. The way he’s practicing, I just look at it and say, getting back into rhythm is just a matter of time. He can’t always make a century. But there is always the good and the bad,” he added.