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Tamim: This new attitude will take us a long way

  • Published at 04:12 pm March 26th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:12 pm March 26th, 2017
Tamim: This new attitude will take us a long way
But what matters most is the mentality and hunger for victory which Bangladesh exhibited to the full extent. The Tigers have emerged as a formidable ODI outfit in the last couple of years and the dominating display against the Lankans was a case in point. There are still two games left in the ODI series. The home side might yet script a comeback, which they are quite capable of, but the way the Tigers dominated the opposition on Saturday was a pleasure to watch for everyone associated with Bangladesh cricket. And centurion Tamim Iqbal believes if Bangladesh can maintain this mentality and attitude, then they can achieve more success in future. "We did outstandingly in the field. Mashrafe [bin Mortaza] bhai’s fielding effort was fantastic. We probably won’t win games all the time but this attitude will make things easier. This new attitude of being involved in everything and supporting each other will take us a long way,” said Tamim in his reaction to the 90-run win. “We have some talented youngsters, along with some experienced cricketers. The best feeling comes when the team are winning. We also know that there will be a time when things won’t go our way. We have to remember our good times and when the time comes, we will handle it better,” he said. Over the past few months, Bangladesh created lots of chances only to come up agonisingly short. The Tigers were in the driving seat in two ODIs against host New Zealand in December last year. However, they were unable to make use of the opportunities and lost both the matches. In the Test series, Bangladesh lost the first game even after going close to scoring 600 in the first innings. In the solitary Test match against India, the Tigers had the golden chance of drawing the match. It was a tough proposition but not an impossible one, considering the batting line-up Bangladesh possess. But, the Tigers still went on to lose. Even in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, horrible batting in the fifth and final day cost the visiting side the match. But the way Bangladesh turned around in the second Test at P Sara Oval in Colombo is a glaring positive for Bangladesh cricket. [caption id="attachment_54520" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Tamim Iqbal raises his bat after reaching his eighth ODI hundred AFP[/caption] In the Dambulla ODI, there was a time when Bangladesh were going strongly, thanks to Sabbir Rahman and Tamim's presence at the crease. Suddenly, two wickets fell in quick succession and Bangladesh were on the verge of a mini-collapse. In the past, Bangladesh would have lost their way from such situations. But the way Tamim and Shakib al Hasan, the two senior cricketers of the side, handled the situation certainly boosted the whole team. “When I was batting in the forties, I thought I was struggling. But if I had got out during that period, we wouldn’t have been able to put up such a big score. There was a massage form the dressing room to bat as long as I can. Mashrafe bhai came outside and told me to play long," said Tamim. "Not everything will go according to plan when you’re playing a long innings. You can go through a difficult patch but you have to overcome it. Shakib played a superb innings; if he got one or two more overs, he would have reached the hundred too. “In the last few matches, we played good cricket but it didn’t show in the results. So it is more pleasing to win matches. Our progress is shown in the small things that we are doing properly," he added. Not only the seniors but the Bangladesh youngsters in the form of Mosaddek Hossain and Mehedi Hasan Miraz are also chipping in with vital contributions in recent times, which goes to show the Tigers' strength in depth. “I think Miraz made a fantastic debut. He bowled very well. It didn’t seem like he was playing his first ODI. I think he is a confident guy with the right attitude. He will go a long way,” said Tamim. Winning is important, but winning with the right approach is also important in order to build a world class side. All the Tigers have to do now is play in the same manner in future. Perhaps then they can shed the tag of "competitive team" and in the process, transform themselves into a "world class team”.
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