Tamim Iqbal took some time off to interact with Minhaz Uddin Khan of Dhaka Tribune, along with two other journalists, and shared the thoughts going through his mind right now
The World Cup 2019 in England and Wales was yet another struggling story for Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal. The left-handed batsman holds almost all Bangladesh records as a batsman but every time there a World Cup comes around, he seems to lose his bearings. Yet to find his way out from the struggle, Tamim got named as the ODI captain for the ongoing series against Sri Lanka in Colombo. The southpaw took some time off to interact with Dhaka Tribune, along with two other journalists, and shared the thoughts going through his mind right now.
What does being a national captain mean to you?
It is a responsibility. It is something that I have never thought of much and honestly I was never interested in having grown up as a cricketer. I might have been a captain in BPL or other domestic competitions but never thought I will have to be national team captain. Mashrafe (bin Mortaza) and Shakib (al Hasan) could not be part of this series and someone from the team had to take the responsibility so it has come to me through board’s decision. I thought I must respond to the board’s decision given we are missing the top two candidates for the post. I am sure the board had something in mind before coming to this decision. My job now is to give my best for the short time I have to play the role.
ODI captain Mashrafe is nearing the end of his career. Do you think appointing you as captain in this series is some kind of a test run by the board?
Not at all. Mashrafe bhai is still my captain, he has not retired yet. And once he retires we have regular vice-captain Shakib for the post. The board will decide the captain then. I don’t want to say right now that I am interested in the post or I expect to be one. I have been made captain for this three ODI matches and I want to do it with all my dedication.
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Looking into your personal performances, you expected not to take any pressure heading into the 2019 World Cup. How do you compare it to the 2015 World Cup?
The 2015 edition was really bad. I know it might not sound right but 2019 has been my best World Cup (laughs). The 2019 World Cup has also been a big failure for me. There is high and low in sports and for me it is happening more during the World Cups.
Do you feel there is a mind block during World Cups? Do you think you are unfortunate?
I don’t want to tag myself that way. It will simply look as an excuse. I am rather happy to accept my failure but not make any excuse. I think this World Cup I have taken some extra pressure on myself, I had only focused of doing well. There was nothing wrong with my process. I was in form but did not play Dhaka League to ensure my fitness. But I think I have messed it up trying too hard in the World Cup.
Taking on Sri Lanka on their turf, you have a good record against them. Two centuries and as many half centuries in seven innings against them at their backyard. Do you think this will be of help in the series?
Not at all. I had a good record in England before going to the World Cup. These things actually do not matter and I personally do not want to think that way.