Tamim’s mission to hit back in form

DHAKA, A series of low score like 16, 24, 19 in the

first three matches of the World Cup isn't acceptable from a batsman like

Tamim Iqbal who unarguably is the best ever opener the Bangladesh have ever

seen.

It's also not acceptable for a batsman who is the highest scorer for

Bangladesh in all three formats of cricket.

It's a myth, which was established by captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza that

Tamim's start at the top is prelude to the success of Bangladesh. And it's

not overstatement. Bangladesh won most the matches when Tamim gave them a

good start.

But that is not the case in this World Cup. Bangladesh are blessed to have

an inform Shakib Al Hasan and dependable Mushfiqur Rahim, otherwise the way

Tamim was playing, Bangladesh wouldn't have won any match. But to their

fortune, they beat a team like South Africa before losing to New Zealand and

South Africa.

However if the law of average is taken into consideration, Shakib's off day

may come at any moment so it is mandatory Tamim to put his hands up.

His opening partner Soumya Sarkar started well in first two matches but

couldn't capitalize on his start. But as a senior batsman Tamim should take

the onus to guide the junior like Soumya and others, which he couldn't so.

Tamim's reputation may prompt selectors not to drop him in case of failure

even in the whole World Cup but with an inform top order batsman like Liton

Das sitting idle in the bench, his continuous failure won't bode well with

cricket crazy fans.

So Tamim himself felt the heat. And it is evidenced in the way he was

desperate to have some practice session despite consistent drizzle in Bristol

on Sunday. He just came to the ground to have practice just after Bangladesh

reached Bristol from Cardiff. The players were tired and they chose to take

rest in their hotel room but Tamim refused to take rest.

As it was raining Tamim came to have an individual practice session at the

indoor nets of the County Ground in Bristol. He went on to work on his game

and faced throwdowns in the indoor nets of the venue for Bangladesh's World

Cup match against Sri Lanka on June 11.

The World Cup is a not a perfect platform for Tamim as the stat suggested

that he averages only 22 in the global cricket tournament while his ODI

average is 36.

However, former national skipper Shahriar Nafees believes a good knock from

Tamim Iqbal is just round the corner.

Tamim is not scoring big but in every match he is making a good start,

Shahriar told a private TV channel ahead of Bangladesh's game against Sri

Lanka.

When Tamim will score big it will be easier for Bangladesh to post or

chase a big total, he said.

Tamim hit the last of his 11 ODI centuries on July 28 against West Indies

in Basseterre last year, but he has not been in bad form since. He has hit

four halfcenturies in the 14 innings since that ton, including two in the

triseries in Ireland last month.

The manner of his dismissals has been a concern in this World Cup. While he

got out to a good ball bowled by South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo in the

opener on June 2, he was dismissed trying to pull short deliveries while out

of position in the games against New Zealand and South Africa.

For a player whose role is to bat deep into the innings, that sort of

dismissal, especially the one against New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson,

hinted at an unsettled mindset.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)