Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal Reveals What His Team Wants From Him
The 30-year-old Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has recently revealed what his national team wants from him in ODI cricket.
Tamim Iqbal is one of the senior and crucial players of the present Bangladesh national cricket team. He is the most run-scorer in every international format for Bangladesh. Playing in 371 innings in international cricket, Tamim has scored 12,423 runs with an average of 34.79.
In ODI career, the left-handed opening batsman has scored 6,540 runs in 188 innings (average 36.33). Since 2017, Tamim is the leading ODI run-scorer for Bangladesh as he has scored 1,420 runs in 27 ODI innings with an average of 64.54 and strike-rate of 77.80. During this period, he has scored four ODI centuries and 11 ODI half-centuries.
Recently, Tamim Iqbal has revealed that his national team wants him to bat longer rather than his aggressive batting nature. The left-handed opening batsman also feels comfortable to play this anchor role.
Tamim recently told Cricbuzz, “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. 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. The team wants me to bat deep when I am in. I can understand that and I am comfortable with that role.”
Tamim Iqbal credited Jamie Siddons for his present mature batting
Tamim Iqbal is currently busy with national duty. Bangladesh national cricket team is presently in to play the ODI tri-series where Windies is also participating.
In their first match of this tri-series against Windies, Tamim struggled at the beginning when he managed to score only six runs in first 30 balls. However, he found his rhythm soon and brilliantly guided Bangladesh to successful chasing. Chasing down the challenging 262 runs target, Tamim scored 80 runs off 116 balls (7 fours) before losing his wicket. His innings provided the safer position to Bangladesh in that match, and later they chased down that target in 45 overs after losing just two wickets.
Talking about this mature knock, Tamim credited Jamie Siddons, the former head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team.
Tamim Iqbal said, “The good thing about my innings was that after struggling, one can come out and play a rash shot and say probably it was not my day. But going through the struggle and surviving was difficult. In the end, you will have an impact on the outcome of the game.
“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 to the dressing room and sit with us, or you can fight it out in the middle.'”
Bangladesh national cricket team is getting for the upcoming Cricket World Cup
Bangladesh (six points) is standing on top of the points table after the first half of the ongoing tri-series. After beating Windies by eight wickets, their match against the host Ireland had a no result due to rain washout.
After completion of this tri-series, Bangladesh will be busy in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. England and Wales are ready to host the 12th edition of Cricket World Cup that will run from 30th May to 14th July. No.7-ranked ODI team Bangladesh will begin their new World Cup journey on 2nd June when they will face South Africa at The Oval (London).
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