Who in, who out? Tamim’s comeback puts Bangladesh in a sweet mess
As Tamim Iqbal, the most consistent opener of Bangladesh is all set to make a comeback after suffering a long-term injury, it is needless to say that the team management of Bangladesh are having headaches when it comes to deciding who to play and who to drop for the first ODI against Windies.
After Bangladesh lost Tamim in the very first match of the Asia Cup due to injury, the series of problems began for the Tigers. Dragging players midway from the domestic league to giving youngster Nazmul Hasan Shanto an opportunity to open and what not. But nothing paid off and none could make the best use of the opportunity.
After the consistent failures of Shanto and Liton Das, Bangladesh had to call back Kayes and Soumya into the squad in the Asia Cup. And with nothing paying off, Bangladesh did the most unthinkable by promoting Mehidy Hasan Miraz to open the innings in the final of the tournament.
However, that was the only experiment that paid off as openers Liton and Mehidy put 100 runs in the opening stand against India in the final with Liton scoring his maiden hundred. And that was the beginning of something new.
Tamim also missed the home series against Zimbabwe where Kayes scored two centuries including a 90+ innings, a total of 349 runs in the three-match ODI series while Soumya scored a hundred against Zimbabwe in the practice match and then went onto score a blistering hundred against Zimbabwe in the third ODI.
The left-handed batsman increased some more problems for the management as he scored yet another dynamic hundred against Windies in the practice match on December 6. Tamim, who is finally back on the pitch also scored a hundred to announce his grand comeback.
“Choosing openers for the first ODI won’t be too easy for the team management. But just look, we are in an amazing situation. We were desperately searching for some good players and now I think we have found some.”
“Imrul scored 349 runs in the last series. Tamim is back in form, Liton played an innings of 80 runs and also scored a hundred in the final of the Asia Cup. Soumya also scored a hundred in the last ODI against and also in the practice match yesterday. This a healthy competition. But I don’t know what will be the starting line up,” Rhodes concluded.
Soumya’s last three Innings:
103* vs Windies (warm-up match)
117 vs Zimbabwe
102* vs Zimbabwe (warm-up match)
Kayes’ last three Innings:
115 vs Zimbabwe
90 vs Zimbabwe
144 vs Zimbabwe
Liton’s last three Innings:
0 vs Zimbabwe
83 vs Zimbabwe
4 vs Zimbabwe