‘South Africa is the hardest place for openers’ says Tamim
Bangladesh batting maestro Tamim Iqbal Khan, before the series against the Proteas, has taken into account of the wickets of South Africa as the most difficult one for opening batsmen. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ তামিমের চোখে দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকায় সবচেয়ে কঠিন ব্যাটিং পজিশন কি?]
In a recent interview in one of the dailies of the country, Tamim Iqbal said, “South Africa is the toughest slot for opening batsmen. Playing new ball is very difficult over there. It would be easier to face old balls, but still, to me, South African situation is adverse for top order batsmen.”
“Scoring runs, playing big innings in that condition would enhance anyone confidence and boost up team spirit. I would try to play well in there,” Tamim said.
Tamim also said, “I have confidence upon my skill. If I could be set, I would play a memorable knock. But it not only me, it would be fantastic if someone from Soumya, Imrul or Mominul could snatch up a big knock. Youngsters will learn from them.”
“In South Africa, a condition is waiting for us which we did not face in last seven to eight years,” Tamim added.
Reminding the favor of luck to achieve a challenge, Tamim said, “On my way to 78 runs in the second innings of Dhaka Test, the thought of losing my wicket never came across my mind. Suddenly a ball leapt in front to touch my gloves which could never be happened. But I don’t blame luck because those things could happen earlier in the innings. We will not be able to step forward if we get stick with luck.”
Tamim failed to score a century in Test after the series against England, “Yes, I scored in ODIs but not in Test. But I feel proud the way I bat. I have no grudges missing for tons against Australia. I could have faced those deliveries in the very early stage of my innings.”
“The value of both of my innings in Dhaka Test against Australia is no less than others. It is true century is a landmark, it is like icing sugar upon cake after a batsman proceed so far batting hard. I have no repentance for those two after my team came winning the match,” he said.
“I felt bad after getting out scoring 82 runs because it was all my fault,” dashing Bangladesh opener said.
Bangladesh will play a two match Test series, three match one day international series and later two match T20I series against South Africa, the first Test will start from 28th of September.