Tamim Iqbal reveals why he went out to bat with a fractured wrist

first_imgTamim Iqbal was injured in Bangladesh’s match against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup opener, but came out to bat with a broken wrist when his country needed him. Something he says he didn’t need to think twice about.”I had a lot of high hopes with the Asia Cup and I was overcome with emotions at that moment,” Tamim told ESPNCricinfo. “I felt that if by playing this one ball the team can get five or 10 runs, it’d help the team. I thought that if I had to play one ball, then why not?”When the moment arrived, it was still undecided what was going to happen. I didn’t think of anything. I just walked out. The moment Mustafizur (Rahman) got out I didn’t have a second thought. I was asked if I was sure of doing this. I said I was quite sure.”Tamim sustained the injury in only the third ball he faced when a Suranga Lakmal delivery struck him.READ – Tamim Iqbal ruled out of Asia Cup 2018 due to a fractured wristHe was immediately attended by the team physio but excessive pain forced him to retire hurt on two not out. He was taken to the hospital where scans confirmed a fracture and is now expected to be out of action for six weeks.When he returned to the Dubai International Stadium, he was asked by his captain Mashrafe Mortaza to go out and bat.READ – Mushfiqur Rahim stars as Bangladesh crush Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2018 openeradvertisement”I thought Mashrafe bhai was joking when he said I should go out to bat. The initial decision was for me to go to bat in the last over, if I am off strike. I would just have to stand there,” said Tamim.But unfortunately for Bangladesh and Tamim, he was to face the last ball of the 47th over which was to be bowled by Lakmal.”I felt very brave in those ten seconds when the bowler was running in,” admitted Tamim. “I was very pumped up after hearing the roar in the stadium. I could have got out or anything else may have happened, but in that moment, I was very, very committed to the team and nation.READ – Determined to score big runs in Asia Cup 2018: Mushfiqur Rahim”It was quite risky now that I think about it. My injured hand was behind me but when I played the ball, you’d notice that the hand had come in front. If I had missed the ball, it would have hit my hand.”In fact that was the only ball Tamim had to face, as he and Mushfiqur Rahim added 32 runs to take Bangladesh’s total past the 260-mark.”I don’t think I have experienced such a thing in my life. I can see all the reactions (now), but when I was going out to bat or facing that delivery, I didn’t think of what might happen afterwards. I just went there for the team and country.”There was also something that happened before Tamim walked out to bat.”I started padding up when Rubel (Hossain) was at the crease. Mashrafe bhai cut open my gloves. For the first time in my life, someone had to put on my abdomen guard,” laughed Tamim.READ – Angelo Mathews slams batsmen for ‘bad decisions’ in Asia Cup 2018 opener”Mominul (Haque) and the others helped me put on my pads. My bandage got meshed with another glove. Everyone was helping me.”Tamim’s loss will be felt by Bangladesh in the tournament. The 29-year-old is Bangladesh’s all-time leading run-scorer and centurion in ODI cricket and his absence will be a major blow to the team’s hopes in the tournament.Bangladesh are waiting for a secondary scan before making any decision and have not yet named Tamim’s replacement.Bangladesh will next take on Afghanistan on Thursday in their second and final group game of the tournament.last_img

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