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Rhodes: Tamim played wholeheartedly

  • Published at 01:54 am July 3rd, 2019
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal reacts after being cleaned up during their World Cup match against India in Birmingham Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Birmingham

The 2019 World Cup did not go well for the southpaw as he failed to utilize the starts he had in each match and score big

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes said that missing catches is a part of the game and everyone should take it sportingly and as human beings, players are not error-free in the field.

The discussion started at the post match press conference where questions were raised whether Tamim Iqbal’s drop catch was the main reason behind India’s huge total of 314 in a used pitch of Edgbaston as Bangladesh eventually fell short of 28 runs and were knocked out of the 2019 World Cup.

Tamim made a costly error in the fifth over by dropping a catch of Rohit Sharma in deep square leg during the Indian innings. The catch looked like a regulation one considering Tamim’s standards as an outfield fielder.

Rohit was on 9 when the catch was dropped and in the end he scored a crucial 104 runs opening the innings.

“Tamim dropped the catch, unfortunately. But he has developed himself as one of our top fielders on the field over the years. So it was a little bit of surprise to be honest, as Tamim dropped that. But he is a human and so are we. I have dropped many catches in my career. Sometimes, dropped catches can be very costly,” said Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes during the post match press conference at Edgbaston yesterday.     

There was a lot expected off Tamim in this World Cup as he was in tremendous form in the last two years in ODI format. Tamim also played brilliantly in the Champions Trophy 2017. But the 2019 World Cup did not go well for the southpaw as he failed to utilize the starts he had in each match and score big.

Even yesterday, Tamim scored 22 off 30 deliveries before being played on by Mohammad Shami in the 10th over. He played some good shots, got settled but suddenly lost his wicket which is quite unusual considering his reputation of scoring big.  Tamim scored 227 runs in seven innings with one fifty plus innings.

But Rhodes is backing Tamim and informed that the opener tried his best to play match-winning innings but unfortunately, it failed to click.

“Tamim played wholeheartedly in this World Cup. He would have loved to score some big innings. But he tried his very best. Sometimes, it’s not good day for a player. He played some good shots today and suddenly one shot, and you are out. That’s cricket. Sometimes, players get lucky and sometimes they don’t. He has tried his very best to contribute for the team and play a match-winning innings. It did not happen, but he tried very hard. With his age, he can play the next World Cup after four years. May be that will be his time,” Rhodes said.  

Bangladesh have seven points from eight games and are now eliminated from the tournament. 

Bangladesh will play their last match in the World Cup against Pakistan at the Lords on Friday.



Rahul c Mushfiqur b Rubel     77    92

Rohit c Liton b Soumya     104    92

Kohli c Rubel b Mustafizur     26    27

Pant c Mosaddek b Shakib     48    41

Pandya c Soumya b Mustafizur0    2

Dhoni c Shakib b Mustafizur     35    33

Karthik c Mosaddek b Mustafizur 8    9

Bhuvneshwar run out         2    3

Shami b Mustafizur         1    2

Bumrah not out         0    0

Extras (lb6, nb1, w6)         13 

Total (50 overs) 314/9

Fall Of Wickets

1-180, 2-195, 3-237, 4-237, 5-277, 6-298, 7-311, 8-314, 9-314 


Mashrafe 5-0-36-0, Saifuddin 7-0-59-0, Mustafizur 10-1-59-5, Shakib 10-0-41-1, Mosaddek 4-0-32-0, Rubel 8-0-48-1, Soumya 6-0-33-1


Tamim b Shami             22    31 

Soumya c Kohli b Pandya         33    38

Shakib c Karthik b Pandya         66    74

Mushfiq c Shami b Chahal         24    23 

Liton c Karthik b Pandya         22    24 

Mosaddek b Bumrah             3    7 

Sabbir b Bumrah             36    36 

Saifuddin not out             51    38 

Mashrafe c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar     8    5 

Rubel b Bumrah             9    11 

Mustafizur b Bumrah             0    1 

Extras (1b, 1lb, 10w)            12 

Total (48 overs)             286 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-39, 2-74, 3-121, 4-162, 5-173, 6-179, 7-245, 8-257, 9-286, 10-286 


Bhuvneshwar 9-0-51-1, Bumrah 10-1-55-4, Shami 9-0-68-1, Chahal 10-0-50-1, Pandya 10-0-60-3

India won by 28 runs

MoM: Rohit Sharma