Tamim Iqbal thinks the Tigers batsmen need to focus on their natural stroke-play, rather than fret too much over Rashid Khan’s form
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal believes the Tigers should not worry too much about the threat of in-form Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan when the two sides lock horns with each other in the three-match T20I series. Tamim said they should rather concentrate on executing their team plans.
Rashid is currently playing in the IPL T20 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, along with Tigers Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan. The Afghan leg-spinner, who is the world’s No 1 T20I bowler, is in blistering form, especially in the shortest format of the game.
Tamim, who was Rashid’s captain during his BPL 5 stint with Comilla Victorians, thinks the Tigers batsmen need to focus on their natural stroke-play, rather than fret too much over Rashid’s form.
“Rashid has a quick arm-action. I think that is pretty difficult to read sometimes for a batsman. Another thing is, he is more accurate with his line and length. He is bowling brilliantly at the moment. But that does not mean he is unplayable. If we can play according to our ability then we can play well against him. Obviously he is one of the best T20I bowlers at the moment. But we don’t want to concentrate on Rashid only. Because Afghanistan have some quality bowlers besides Rashid,” said Tamim to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.
“Sometimes over-thinking about a particular bowler can hamper your natural game-play. He (Rashid) is definitely is in great form. But I believe we should focus on our team game, rather than think too much about how to handle Rashid. As a team, Bangladesh have faced these kinds of challenges before and won those. Hopefully we will win the challenge this time around as well,” he added.
Tamim returned to training a few weeks ago after an injury lay-off and the left-hander is confident with regards to his fitness ahead of the Afghanistan T20Is.
“I am excited to be back in the field. I was in rehab for about two months due to injury. I hope I have overcome the injury. Maybe I am in good shape, compared to the past. But obviously, there is more scope for improvement. But I can say I am in a better position compared to the last six months. The other players have also worked hard regarding fitness and strength. Hopefully we will play good cricket in the next series,” Tamim concluded.