It looked all over for Tamim Iqbal in the Asia Cup after Suranga Lakmal’s delivery hit him on his wrist in the very second over. The opening batsman missed a pull and the rising delivery hit him hard. He soon left the ground with pain written all over his face.
He headed to the Hospital where scan confirmed he suffered a fracture. For a sane individual, that would have marked the end of at least that game. However, what followed towards the end of Bangladesh’s innings left everyone shell shocked. When Mustafizur Rahman was run-out in the 47th over, it looked like the end of Bangladesh’s innings. However, to everyone’s utter disbelief, Tamim walked out of the dressing room with a bat in his hand. He had made a hole in his glove in order to ensure that his taped hand fit in it as the cricketing world watched in disbelief.
He went on to add 32 run with Mushfiqur Rahim for the tenth wicket as Bangladesh recovered from a disastrous start to post a challenging 261. In reply, Sri Lanka were all out for just 124. Interestingly, Tamim also ended up making a record. He is now involved in the highest tenth-wicket stand as opener in the Asia Cup.
In a recent interview, Tamim opened up on that knock, saying how pumped up he was when he made his way out to the pitch.
“I felt very brave in those ten seconds when the bowler was running in,” Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. “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.
“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,” he added.
The southpaw further revealed how his teammates helped him to get ready.
“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,” Tamim laughed. “Mominul [Haque] and the others helped me put on my pads. My bandage got meshed with another glove. Everyone was helping me.”
“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,” he added.
Tamim felt that even if 10 runs could be added because of him, it was worth the risk. That Mushfiqur would score 32 runs till he got out in the last over wasn’t expected.
“I had a lot of high hopes with the Asia Cup and I was overcome with emotions at that moment,” he said. “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?
“Nobody expected that I’d play that one ball and 32 runs will come from the other end. Mushfiqur batted in an extraordinary manner,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board has stated it would take a final call on Tamim’s replacement after a second scan.