The left-hander has performed in an intense training session and is eying a turnaround with a big score against the Lankans
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been practicing hard in the nets to find his rhythm back ahead of the crucial game against Sri Lanka at the Bristol County ground in Bristol on Monday.
Tamim has played three games so far for the Tigers in this tournament and has not played according to his full potential and has failed to live up to expectations. Tamim scored 16 off 29 deliveries against South Africa in the first match, made 24 off 38 deliveries against New Zealand and against England he could manage only 19 off 29 deliveries.
In all the three innings, the left-hander played around 30 deliveries, settled at the middle and then gave away his wicket. That’s a bit unusual for Tamim as he generally scores big when he is set at the crease.
Prior to the World Cup, the left-hander was in good form in the tri-nation ODI series in Ireland, where he struck two half centuries in four matches. But Tamim had to deal with a blow to his left wrist while batting at the nets before the practice game against India ahead of the World Cup. Since then, the left-hander seems to have been struggling.
Tamim has scored tons of runs for the Tigers in the last four years as he has scored 2,511 runs in 52 ODIs with an astounding average of 57.06. He has scored seven centuries and eighteen half centuries during this period.
Tamim is playing a more anchoring role in the top order as other opening options like Soumya Sarkar or Liton Kumar Das have been given the license to attack from the beginning. Tamim is being considered as one of the main pillars of Bangladesh batting and a relatively slow start from the dashing opener seems to be of some concern for the team.
Meanwhile, Tamim is practicing hard to get back his form. The Bangladesh team started their practice session at 10am local time.
But Tamim came early and after warming up, he went to the nets with batting coach Neil McKenzie and started to practice. Tamim batted with some intensity while McKenzie was helping him with throw-downs.
Tamim batted for over an hour and often discussed with McKenzie in between. The left-hander has performed in an intense training session and is eying a turnaround with a big score against the Lankans.
“Everyone is trying hard in the team to perform better. I believe Tamim is our best batsman in the last four years. Probably in the last three matches, we have not seen his best performance. He is working hard and trying to find out a way to play a big innings. He needs some luck as well along with hard work. Hopefully, he will be back soon,” said skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza after the practice session on Monday.
The match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will start from 3:30pm Bangladesh time and 10:30am local time.