Coming into the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka it was expected Tamim will get to his known form but that has not been the case
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is currently under severe scrutiny for his below par performances, scenes similar to that he had dealt ahead of the 2014 Asia Cup and during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. However, on both occasions the left-handed had batsman had bounced back phenomenally. In the Asia Cup Tamim had scored four consecutive half centuries to give reply back to his critics from the middle while after the World Cup 2015 the Chittagong lad had come to form scoring consistently in the following home series against Pakistan, South Africa and India.
Coming into the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka it was expected Tamim will get to his known form but that has not been the case. Tamim in the first game was bowled out for a duck and met a similar dismissal in the second game scoring 19 runs. It was the sixth consecutive time in ODIs the Bangladesh batsman got dismissed in the same fashion and that made the spectacle bad to worse.
‘’It’s true that I failed. But the good and positive side is that, I am not facing this for the first time. I had the same type of experience before. I only have to keep faith in me that I will be able to come back from this. If I don’t have this belief it will be more difficult for me to turn around,” said Tamim to the reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.
Bangladesh cricket team’s stand-in captain Tamim Iqbal has emphasized the importance of the senior member in the team performing ahead of their tie in the third and the final game of the ongoing series against hosts Sri Lanka on Wednesday. https://t.co/VrECjLvSsC— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 30, 2019
“But there are sometimes when things are out of your control. I always believe one thing is that, this will not be the situation forever. This drought will end and I will start scoring runs again,” Tamim added.
The third and the final game of the ODI series against the island nation is Bangladesh’s only chance to take something back home and avoid a possible humiliating defeat and yet another chance for the underperforming members of the team to make some contribution to the cause.
When quarried if Tamim see this as a good day to make a comeback, he said “I try to feel that every day. Every day I feel, today is the day. But it is not happening by any means. I am trying to find out the way of my getting out. In the last six matches, if you see, I have had same dismissal. But the ways were different. Yes, as a cricketer you must have the belief that you will be able get out from this. And the good and positive side is that, I am not facing this for the first time. I had the same type of experience before. I only have keep faith in me that I will be able to come back from this. If I do not have this belief it will be more difficult for me to turn around. I used to say this thing and I still say this now, when I scored runs and when I do not. When you will be out from all this, you must score as many runs as possible,” said the highest run-getter in Bangladesh’s ODI history.