Tamim said the situation with the batting department is worrying going forward, but that he is not an individual that would point at his own men
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal is a strict believer of not pointing fingers at his players when things do not go according to plan.
Hosts Bangladesh finished a 2-1 series victory against visitors Sri Lanka, and are at the top of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League table with 50 points.
The maiden victory in a series for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka was however, not clinical, particularly in the batting department.
Like many occasions in the past, Bangladesh had to rely on their most experienced campaigners in the batting department, and in this series it had come from the shoulders of Tamim, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
Mushfiq finished as the man of the series scoring 237 runs, while Mahmudllah with two half centuries totalled 148.
Tamim had a good start to the series, scoring 52 in the first ODI.
But the relatively young batsmen of the line-up had failed.
Opener Liton Das was dropped for the third ODI having scored just 25 in the first two games, and having failed to score consistently in the last eight.
Mohammad Naim was brought in as the replacement of Liton with huge expectation, but could score just one run.
Mohammad Mithun in the middle-over got dropped following his duck in the first game.
Mossadek Hossain replaced Mithun and got to score runs in the third ODI, a 55 not out, but the effort was in a losing cause.
Tamim in the post-match presentation said the situation with the batting department is worrying going forward, but that he is not an individual that would point at his own men.
“It is actually [concerning going forward]. Probably at this moment those [the seniors] are the guys contributing big. But as I have always said I am someone who keeps on believing on young ones in the team. I'm not someone who likes to point figures at them; I know how hard they try. It's just that if they start to perform we'll become a much better team. It's always easy to criticize when people aren't doing well, but I'm not that individual who'll criticize my own players,” said left-handed batsman Tamim.
“Liton had his fare share [of opportunities]. He has been there for eight or nine ODIs where he unfortunately couldn't perform to his ability. But at the end of the day that [getting dropped] is not the end for Liton. We all know how good and special he is. It's just that you need to try some other players,” said Tamim.
There are always arguments over selections and this time it was regarding Naim, who was not part of the 15-member squad in the first two games but came in to replace Liton.
The decision saw top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar, who was already in the squad, remain opportunity less.
“Yes, you can argue about Soumya and Naim but everybody felt, including me, that Naim should get a chance because of the way he has batting recently, say it in the nets or in a game. Unfortunately he didn't score [Friday]. I hope he'll get more opportunities. I feel that we've a better combination if we have a right-handed batsman to open with me. But it doesn’t matter what I want, if someone else is performing they'll get their fare chances,” Tamim explained.
Bangladesh skipper Tamim once again pressed on the fact that his team might have won the series but not played to their potential.
The southpaw said the 10 points lost in the third ODI might come back to haunt them going ahead in the Super League.
“The Super League is a competition where you can't be happy just by winning the series and that there's nothing more to achieve. You never know these 10 points might make us suffer in the future, you're never sure of that. When we had an opportunity we should've finished it well. I've said this many times that we've won the series but I feel that we've not played our best game. We're of a better potential as a batting unit. We can say we've actually bowled well and fielding we were good in first two games but [Friday] we made the same old mistake of dropping important catches at important times. I am disappointed. We should not forget the mistakes just because we won the series. There are a lot of things that needs to be addressed,” said Tamim.