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There is nothing bigger than the team: Tamim Iqbal


In the wake of the ICC World Cup 2019, where Bangladesh, most possibly having their best team combination respecting experience and exuberance of youth, the formed squad has exhibited quite a eye-catching show in the opening encounter of the Tri-series against Windies.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar added 131 runs for the second-wicket

Although the beginning of things was not happy for the touring side; they lost the one-off warm up match against a second string Irish side in quite a heavy margin but turned the scenario stepping into the Tri-nation competition.

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Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal who could be one of the catalysts for the team in the mega event, started well with a 145 runs opening partnership with Soumya Sarkar against Windies thus scripting the eight wicket win, said it is contented to make an impact in the outcome of the game.

“Going through the struggle and surviving that phase was difficult because you might hear a few words for struggling in such manner but at the end you will have an impact on the outcome of the game,” he said in an interview in Dublin as quoted by the Cricbuzz. 

Tamim is most probably the one Bangladeshi batsman who spoiled too many prospective innings. Acknowledging the fact, the Bangladesh opener said,

“If you are out for 80 certainly you will regret. Most of the time I am to be blamed for my dismissal at that point as I tried to do something that was not necessary.”

Hailing the former head coach Jamie Siddons who mentored Bangladesh during the period between 2007 to 2011, Tamim said he learnt a lot of surviving lessons from the Australian coach.

“I learnt this lesson from Jamie Siddons as he always used to say ‘when you are struggling you only have two options either you can return back to the dressing room and sit with us or you can fight it out in the middle,” he said.

“Can’t I play more shots, if I want? Don’t I want to be adventurous too? But the thing is we play for the team. There is nothing bigger than the team,”

he said.

“Say I played with 150 strike rate but the team lost. What’s the point then? But I played with 60 strike rate but the team won, I am happy,” he added.


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