If only one star that has shined well for Bangladesh is Tamim. Tamim Iqbal is one of the big reasons Bangladesh have been well in the Tournament. Bangladesh scored 305 for the hosts but failed against Australia scoring just 182. In both games Tamim did his bit, more than that in fact with scores of 128 and 95, to give the bowlers a fighting score.
Bangladesh lost to England while they escaped with a point against Australia when rain ruined the game.
“When the team was not doing so well, four or five years ago, maybe this was the only happiness you got,” he said on Wednesday (June 7) in Cardiff. “You are scoring runs. Now the team is doing well, we are ranked sixth in the world when the team is not doing well, you don’t get the enjoyment like before. It is nice to score runs but, if my hundred helps win Bangladesh a game, it is a special feeling. People remember such knocks.”
“Next time I come here, I will have a better idea of how to handle these situations. From a personal point of view, I am quite satisfied with the way I am batting. Most importantly, we have an important game coming up so we are focusing on that,” he pointed out.
“We have very skilful batsmen who haven’t fired yet,” he said. “They are all proven players. They will do it in the future. It is a matter of one innings. If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very dangerous side.” Bangladesh recently defeated New Zealand in the tri-series in Ireland. However, that side was without a number of their prominent stars, who were playing in the Indian Premier League. But Tamim feels that positive mindset will lead them to victory.
“We have beaten their strongest team at home but maybe not so strong in Ireland,” Tamim said. “We have done well against them in the past but they have a strong unit. They have serious quality players. If we want to repeat the result again, we have to execute well.”