Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal showed great courage in going out to bat with a broken wrist during the team's opening encounter against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Asia Cup.
Talking about that moment when he was set to face the first ball after walking back onto the field at the fall of Bangladesh’s ninth wicket, Tamim said, “I felt very brave in those ten seconds when the bowler was running in. I was very pumped after hearing the roar in the stadium. Anything could have happened, but at that moment, I was committed to my team and my nation.”
The opening batsman was struck by a Suranga Lakmal bouncer during the second over of Bangladesh’s innings. He left the field with agonizing pain and was taken to the hospital, where it was confirmed that he has a fracture.
But he did make a comeback and by the time he returned, Bangladesh had already staged a comeback, thanks to a brilliant inning played by Mushfiqur Rahim. But every run was valuable for the Tigers, that is when captain Mashrafe Mortaza asked him to go out and play in the last over of their innings.
“I thought Masahrafe 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 the strike. I would just have to stand there,” he said.
He ended up adding 32 runs with Rahim to take Bangladesh’s total past the 260-mark.
“I don’t think I have ever experienced such a thing in my life. I can see all the reactions, but when I was going out to bat or facing the delivery, I didn’t think of what might happen afterward. I just went there for the team and my country.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar