Tamim always ‘special’, says Mashrafe

Bangladesh have registered a narrow 4-run win over Zimbabwe in a high-scoring thriller in the second ODI in Sylhet on Tuesday, with Tamim Iqbal making a new record by scoring 158 runs off just 136 balls with the help of 20 fours and 3 sixes.Tamim always 'special', says Mashrafe

Tamim had come into the game surrounded with widespread criticism for his slow approach and consistent failures in the 50-over format. But after finally ending his century drought on Tuesday, the Bangladesh opener earned praises of his captain as well.

Tigers skipper in the post match press conference claimed that Tamim has always been a very special player for the team, and he had no doubt about the left-hander’s credibility with the bat in hand.

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“Tamim has been a special player, even if he hasn’t been scoring runs. The dressing room is so relaxed when he is batting and the seniors batted well, including Mushy,” said Mashrafe.

The Narail Express was also quite satisfied with the end result of the match, though it did not come easily.

“A win is a win, but it was a close game. We held our nerve well in the end, especially Al Amin at the death,” he said before adding “The bowlers had a tough time, but I think it was okay. Winning tight games gives a lot of valuable experience.”

Tamim was specially thankful to the team management for keeping faith in him, and he was happy to be able to pay off. “The best part was that I think a lot of credit goes to the team management for believing in me. I was batting well in the Tests and I thought a big innings is on the way.”

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