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17 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Tamim courage an example to respect national duty

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Tamim courage an example 
to respect national duty
Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha (R) talks with Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal at the end of the ODI Asia Cup cricket match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Saturday. AFP Photo

South Africa captain Graeme Smith had his hand broken by Mitchell Johnson at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 2009 but it didn't stop him batting in the second innings. With South Africa were nine wickets down and 118 runs behind, it was by any means Australia’s game but there was 8.2 overs left on the final day’s play, prompting Smith to see off that in a bid to earn a draw as he padded up with borrowed kits from Morne Morkel. Mitchell Johnson denied him the draw by sending his bails flying but Smith’s heroic was the example of sheer dedication towards the game and his country.

To put Tamim in Smith’s leg (who faced almost 20 deliveries with heavily broken hand in contrast of Tamim’s one) would be exaggeration given the situation and condition but the southpaw’s bravery to come into batting despite knowing that just another blow on the already broken wrist could even end his career, was the first example in country’s cricket’s history. It’s not that only Tamim and Smith did this; there were several instances that cricketers came into batting despite being severely injured.

But for Bangladesh it mattered.  Specially when there was enormous talk hovering around the young cricketer’s dedication towards the game, Tamim set the example to how the job and national duty should be respected.

Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s plan was to send Tamim in batting if only Mushfiqur is in the strike. But when Mustafizur fell to a silly run out, Mushfiqur was at non-strike end, leaving just one to complete the over. So there was no chance that Tamim would come but the left-hander insisted, much to the delight of the Mashrafe who himself helped him to pad and wearing gloves on his broken hand.

Mashrafe later led in pouring the accolades to Tamim bravery as he wrote in his personal facebook page, “the left hand is broken but you have won the millions of hears with right hand. Cricket is simply a game but sometimes it never remains a game just...Tamim.”

Mushfiqur Rahim also paid tribute to his bravery. “(I was) really surprised to see Tamim come to bat, it’s a great gesture. When I saw him, it boosted me to do something for him and for my country.”

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews looked shocked to see Tamim coming to bat and later he disclosed.

“Tamim showed a lot of guts. I thought Mushfiqur batted really well. Mushfiqur was out there and he (Tamim) came in to bat. And that 20-30 runs also made the difference. It was a really bad performance from the batting unit.

Meanwhile as Tamim Iqbal looked to be ruled out for the whole tournament, Bangladesh are yet to announce his replacement.

“There have not been any plans for a replacement yet,” team manager and former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud told reporters at the team hotel on Sunday afternoon.

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