‘I don’t think I have been this heartbroken in 10 years of my career’
Tamim Iqbal, who did the bravest of thing on a cricket field on Saturday has explained what was going through his mind and labeled the finger injury as the most heartbroken moment in his international career.
The left-handed opener started the Asia Cup with already a discomfort on his finger and it became worse when a short delivery from Suranga Lakmal struck on that same finger.
He had to rush straight to the hospital for the scan and within half an hour, Tamim had to go through one of the most painful moment in his career as the report confirmed that he can’t take any further part in the Asia Cup.
Tamim told reporters in Sri Lanka:
“I don’t think I have been this disappointed, this heartbroken in 10 years of my international career. I had very high hopes when coming to the Asia Cup. But unfortunately, leaving the scene because of injury is very unfortunate”
Despite going to the hospital and coming back with a plaster, Tamim did what no one expected. When the 9th wicket was done but the centurion Mushfiqur Rahim was still at the crease, he decided to go down and play with one hand.
The 29-year old opener explained why he decided to do so.
“I have been extremely downcast since last night. Yesterday, after what happened, I had the realization that I won’t play a part in this Asia Cup. o, I did however much was possible for me to do. I thought that if I was destined to play just one more ball in the Asia Cup, I thought ‘why not that ball?’ After that there was an important partnership because of that one ball, those are important issues, but at the end of the day I am very heartbroken”
He also revealed the moment he was thinking he can’t take part in this Asia Cup anymore was killing him inside. Thus, Tamim wanted to do anything he can for the nation for one last time in this tournament.
“For the 15-20 seconds my mindset was on another level. It was killing me that probably it would be the last ball I will face in this Asia Cup. That was a very emotional thing and I very much wanted to do something for the nation”