Tamim still upbeat to hit back in form


DHAKA, July 30, 2019 (BSS) – In the Bangladesh series defeat to Sri Lanka, stand in captain Tamim Iqbal cut a forlorn figure, scoring 0 and 19 in first two matches, which was vastly believed in Tigers’ downfall in the first two matches.

Tamim has been going through a poor batting form in fact since the World Cup in which he scored just 235 runs with one half-century. But he was given greater responsibility to lead the side in Sri Lanka in absence of regular captain injured Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

With Shakib Al Hasan also granted leave for personal affair, Tamim was expected to lead the side from the front. In fact the team management gave him the captaincy, mulling the idea that the responsibility may motivate him to come out from off form.

But it was not to be and Tamim was gracious enough to take all the blame. He said he needs some luck to get out of that.

“I try to feel that every day. Every day I feel, today is the day. But it’s not happening by any means. I am trying to find out the way of my dismissals,” he told the reporters in Colombo on Tuesday.

In the last six matches, Tamim had same type of dismissals, being bowled out by the bowlers that raised a question whether he had any technical problem.

But Tamim is believed to be one of the most technically-corrected batsman after Mushfiqur Rahim. He however still believes that he will be able to overcome the poor form.

“In the last six matches, if you see, I was out almost in a similar fashion. But the way was different. Yes, as a cricketer you must have the belief that you will be able get out from this. And the good and positive side is that, I am not facing this for the first time,” he said.

“I had the same type of experience before. I only have kept faith in myself that I will be able to come back from this. If I don’t have this belief it will be more difficult for me to turn around. I used to say this thing when you will be out from all this, you must score as many runs as possible.”

Tamim also did not accept the fact the interim head coach Khaled Mahmud Sujon was not able to motivate them enough when many pointed fingers to him.

“I think the coach we have now actually he tried his best. He went out the box and tried everything possible for the team to get success. It’s not fair that when we don’t do well as a player and blame everything to the coach. I think he tried his best and tried to give us the best facility that he could.

“He gave every player the opportunity to prepare himself and he did everything possible. It’s not fair to blame him, I think rather we the eleven were in the ground didn’t do our job properly. That’s the reason we lost.”