Tamim fails to impress on his NCL return after 4 yrs

DHAKA While continuous drizzle marred the first day's

game of the opening round of 21st National Cricket League (NCL), Tamim's

unimpressive return to the country's flagship first class tournament after

four years was the only talking point.

The opener, considered as the best batsman of the country, scored just 30

off 105 during his side's Chittagong Division's match against Dhaka Metro at

the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. But his stay in the crease was

shaky as he survived from some dismissals before he threw away his wicket

giving Mahmudullah Riyad a return catch.

But what looked nasty was that it was a short delivery from an off-spinner,

which any batsman could dispatch for boundary or even six. But what Tamim

tried to do, was not understandable. The shot he played was neither a pull

shot nor a glance, only a half-hearted shot that produced the wicket for

Riyad who himself was astonished by the way Tamim played the shot.

Tamim himself was truly disappointed. He looked dejected after the

dismissal as he stood in the crease for some time with heads down to the

earth as it seemed he also couldn't believe the way he played the shot.

Tamim, who took a short break from the cricket following his poor form in

World Cup and the subsequent ODI series in Sri Lanka, returned to competitive

cricket with the NCL.

As he returned to cricket after long time, he looked watchful but the

discomfort of playing cricket after a long gap was evident in how he was

playing his shot. He struggled to find the gap and also on some occasions

couldn't play some of his favourite shots with ease.

Still he looked determined to score runs as he wanted to be amongst runs

before the Test series against India. The national players in fact took the

NCL as part of the preparation campaign for the Test series in India with

which Bangladesh would start its World Test Championship journey.

It is natural since he is playing competitive cricket after a long time.

He needs some time to get back to his zone, said selector Habibul Bashar

Sumon. The way he got out, sometimes it happens in cricket. But I am sure he

will get back amongst runs very soon. He himself is determined to get back to

the form.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)