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Tamim Iqbal

'I don't want fifties, I want hundreds'

Tamim Iqbal has the talent and temperament to be a flag-bearer for Bangladesh cricket, and he isn't setting his sights low

Andrew Miller

March 22, 2010

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Tamim Iqbal acknowledges cheers on reaching his hundred, Bangladesh v India, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day, January 26, 2010
"If someone is clapping or saying something while I'm in the field, I'm like: 'Okay, I need to do something now!'" © Associated Press
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Tamim Iqbal was eight years old when he learnt what it means to be a national hero. The occasion was the final of the ICC Trophy in Malaysia, in April 1997, and Tamim's uncle, Akram Khan, was leading Bangladesh in a tournament that would reshape the country's sporting history.

With a berth at the 1999 World Cup already secured, Bangladesh were playing Kenya for the right to be considered the best non-Test nation in the world - a member of the world's top 10, no less. A six from the wicketkeeper, Khaled Mashud, brought a fraught, rain-affected contest down to the very last ball, but a scampered leg-bye sealed a groundbreaking victory, and young Tamim's eyes were opened to the possibilities his future could hold.

"I believe that if Bangladesh ever won the World Cup, the scenes we saw that night could never be repeated," he said. "At the moment we won, thousands of people came flocking to my uncle's house and threw colours at our walls, mixed with water, like something you'd see at our Holi festival. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it had happened. But I wanted to be Akram Khan that day. I wanted people to shout my name."

It was one thing to have such a role model to look up to (and in terms of pure stature, few men in Bangladesh stack up quite so physically as the imposing Akram). But the real drive to succeed emanated from Tamim's father, Iqbal Khan, who died in 2000, before either Tamim or his elder brother and fellow Test centurion, Nafees, had come close to fulfilling their destinies.

"It was my father's dream that I'd become a cricket player," said Tamim. "He was an amputee - he lost a leg in an accident when I was young, but he always used to stand in the 40-degree heat and do the umpiring with his fake leg, and urged me to bat for as long as I possibly could. When I was really small, I'd play with the big boys and get out cheaply all the time. But he believed in me, and it was he who really wanted me to play for Bangladesh."

Almost exactly a decade on from Akram's hour of glory, and having working his way through from the Bangladesh Under-13s, Tamim was given the chance for which he had striven. As a 17-year-old stripling with a penchant for lusty blows, he was thrown in at the deep end for the 2007 World Cup, with just four ODI appearances to his name, and a highest score of 30 against Zimbabwe. What happened next, against India in Trinidad on March 17, was arguably the most nerveless rookie performance since Inzamam-ul-Haq destroyed New Zealand in the 1992 semi-final.

Tamim didn't just click, he snapped the contest in two. Chasing a modest target of 192, he piled onto the offensive with 51 from 53 balls, swiping the momentum and setting the platform for his more measured team-mates, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan, to ease to a five-wicket victory. After 11 overs, Bangladesh were cruising on 60 for 1, as Tamim pulled off perhaps the single most audacious shot he will ever play, a contemptuous charge and swipe off Zaheer Khan that soared over long-on for six.

"I'm that kind of guy - if I hit a good shot early on and it goes for four, after that I don't care who's bowling at me and who is not," he said. "That's what happened in that match. From my fourth ball I played a cover drive and it went for four and I got my momentum. After that I felt very strong, because I was believing in myself and playing my shots, and the ball seemed to land where I wanted. Everything happened exactly how I wanted it."

 
 
"In the second ODI [against England], we should have won. After the game, six or seven of us came to the dressing room and cried. We felt so bad, because we love the game so much and we wanted to do well for the country. We just cried like babies"
 

Tamim's onslaught tore the World Cup wide open. India were eliminated and Bangladesh marched through to the Super Eights, where they spun through South Africa and ran England close. A defeat against Ireland in their private World Cup final tarnished the overall experience just a fraction, but when he returned home, Tamim had moved on from being the nephew of Akram Khan and was now a star in his own right.

"When my uncle played his innings it was only on the radio, so there were millions of people listening but none of them could see. But for me, they all saw it, and so everyone was talking about that Zaheer six. Even at practice today [before the second Test] they were talking about the same thing. It is never going to go from my life, which is good, but I need some more innings like it but bigger. I don't want fifties, I want hundreds."

He's getting seriously close to that ambition now. In his first six innings of the current England tour, Tamim responded with three outstanding performances - a brilliant 125 in the first ODI that deserved better support; a defiant 86 in the first Test in Chittagong that was ended by the ball of the series from Tim Bresnan, and then Saturday's agenda-setting 85 from 71 balls in Dhaka, an innings that could and should have secured him a century in the first session of a Test match, a feat achieved by only five players in history.

It is a common refrain in Bangladesh cricket - give us time and watch us develop. In Tamim, however, the country appears to have hit upon a frontline batsman with the talent and temperament to live up to that promise. Others have been called upon, but have found the burden of expectation too great, not least Mohammad Ashraful, whose prodigious debut as a 16-year-old in 2001 has stalked him for nine years and counting. Tamim, on the other hand, casts himself as an attention-seeker of the most positive type imaginable.

"Ash is one of the best cricketers Bangladesh has ever produced and I'm sure he'll come back strongly," he said. "But in that team, and at that point of time, he was the one everyone was looking for, and mentally he found it unsettling. But he and I are different guys, and I like to think I'd have loved the attention. If someone is clapping or saying something while I'm in the field, I'm like: 'Okay, I need to do something now!'

"In the Asian culture, if you don't perform, you're a dead man, but international cricket is all about guts. If you don't fear anyone, you will perform well, and you can see that this Bangladesh team is gutsy and confident. We've been saying we are improving for a long time now, but what we are thinking and what we are predicting will be achieved very soon.


Jamie Siddons has a word with Tamim Iqbal, Chittagong, November 2, 2009
"Jamie didn't try to change me, he just suggested things that he believed would make me a better cricketer" © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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Tamim speaks as confidently as he bats, with a fluency in English that hints at the sort of privilege that an uncle of Akram's stature would doubtless have bestowed. But, crucially, he also possesses the work ethic to build on his natural gifts, and the intelligence to incorporate new methods into his modus operandi.

"When I first came into the international arena, I had one or two shots that I always played, such as that down-the-wicket shot, but I was weak in other areas, and with all the computer analysts that the top teams have these days, bowlers got to know this in a click. I struggled a lot after the World Cup, with three fifties in my next 22 matches, which wasn't good enough. The selectors had faith and kept playing me, but I realised I needed to put in some seriously hard work."

Under the tutelage of Mohammad Salauddin, the national academy coach, Tamim spent hours and hours in the nets, working on his weaknesses and converting them into strengths, such as his flick through the leg side, which has now become one of his bread-and-butter boundary shots. And at the suggestion of the head coach, Jamie Siddons, Tamim widened his stance to improve his balance against quick bowling, a tip that has sent him soaring towards the top.

"Jamie didn't try to change me, he just suggested things that he believed would make me a better cricketer," said Tamim. "He said if I took a wide stance, like Graeme Smith for instance, I would be halfway to the ball already and I'd save myself time when getting on the front foot. If you see him at practice, he's a fantastic batting coach and a brilliant fielding coach as well, the best I've ever seen."

Although Siddons is not everyone's cup of tea within the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Tamim's endorsement is a testament to the success that his elite-focused methods have had since he took over as head coach at the end of 2007. In Tamim's opinion, most of the problems lie in the age-old issue of communication, but he believes it's a situation that cuts both ways.

"Bangladeshi guys are a little bit shy," he says. "But we need to understand that if you want to learn something, you have to go to the teacher, and ask them. You can't just sit on the back bench and do nothing, because if you want to improve, play well and do good for your country, you have to put in the effort yourself.

"Jamie, like many Australians, speaks a little bit fast, and when he first came in, some guys had a problem with that. But now he speaks to us very slowly, and though there are some guys who understand English very well, there are also some who don't, so I might translate, or Shakib, or Mushy. We have all been working well with him, and the results of what he's done are clear within the team."

One of the chief aspects of Siddons' reign - and that of his precedessor, Dav Whatmore, for that matter - has been an Australianisation of the dressing-room culture, a process that sits uneasily with those who believe that an alien environment merely makes it tougher for young players to assimilate to the requirements of international cricket. But while Tamim believes that the "work hard, play hard" ethic is a positive development, he admits that the team's emotions remain Bangladeshi at heart.

 
 
"International cricket is all about guts. If you don't fear anyone, you will perform well, and you can see that this Bangladesh team is gutsy and confident"
 

"It's really tough to suffer defeat after defeat after defeat," he said. "In the second ODI [against England], we should have won, but the luck wasn't with us, and after the game, six or seven of us came to the dressing room and cried. We felt so bad, because we love the game so much and we wanted to do well for the country, but we couldn't control our emotions. We just cried like babies.

"It's a big pressure in a country like Bangladesh, where the crowd don't care who you're playing against, they just want you to win. But then again, sometimes when we do win, like against Sri Lanka [in January 2009], when Shakib got 90 and we made it through to the finals, that day we also cried through happiness. It's funny, but if you're in the Bangladesh dressing room, you get to understand it."

Tamim knows he's one of the lucky ones. Through a combination of talent, drive and good fortune, he has bubbled to the surface of a cricket-crazy country whose limited infrastructure denies millions of young players a similar chance to show what they can do. Now that he's there, however, he's determined not to let up on any front. Last year he completed an A-level in accounting, and he's currently looking to enrol in university.

"Being educated is very important, especially in a country like Bangladesh, and I'm working hard to be an educated person, but it's not been easy," he said. "When I was at school in Chittagong, most of the best cricket facilities were in Dhaka, so I took three years longer than I should have done to do my A-levels because I've been on the road non-stop. But ask me today, which will it be, studies or cricket, and I'll pick cricket. Everyone in the country would pick cricket!"

For others, you sense, the pursuit of the dream has left them ruing their wasted sacrifices, but for Tamim his endeavours are paying the richest of dividends. He has agents sniffing around with a view to a county contract, and the IPL, one senses, won't be aloof to his talents for much longer. But whatever path his career takes from here, he recognises his role as a national trailblazer. Just as his uncle helped inspire the current generation, Tamim knows that his duty henceforth will be to stride out in front.

"I really don't follow others. I have no idols," he said. "I like the batting of Sehwag and Yuvraj, but I'm not going to try and play like them because everyone's a different person, with different techniques and different shots. I need to play like me, the way I know, and whatever the game, I want to attack the ball. Sometimes it looks odd to get out for 30 playing a stupid shot, but that is my way. If I'm going to be a hero, I'll be a hero the way I am.

"At the end of my career, I want to be remembered firstly as a good person. And secondly, I want people to remember that there was a guy who played cricket for Bangladesh. And his name was Tamim Iqbal."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo. Go to http://twitter.com/miller_cricket to follow him on Twitter through the England tour of Bangladesh.

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Posted by hasan_banna on (March 24, 2010, 11:46 GMT)

You don't want fifties, you want hundreds. Well, but after securing fiftie you & onley you have to transform it into hundred. Please dont be over confident. Thew reporter mentioned " You are the flag bearer of our nation", I also think so. In the last innings you scored 50 but it was full of poor short. In test cricket you have to kill times (when nessary). Finaly my request to you that , dont kill our hope!

Posted by iftekharmukul on (March 23, 2010, 21:11 GMT)

its a great pleasure to tell about Tamim Iqbal, right now--if i tell something about him, will be bold to other people. but its true that, he is one of best performer in Bangladesh team who has thrist for better performance, & not satisfied what he did, before...thats the real courage, great example for young cricketers...all the best wishes to Dear TAMIM..!!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT)

Tamim ur the pride of chittagong city, dont ever give up!

Posted by Hemel21 on (March 23, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

The flag of our country is in your hand Tamim.We all love your attitude of working hard and playing hard.Not like Rakibul who wants to quit after failure.We want the rest ten players to learn from you

Posted by Zeeleon on (March 23, 2010, 13:19 GMT)

The problem with Bangladeshi cricket lovers is to get too carried away too soon! It happened with Ashraful and just hope its not the case with Tamim as well. After seeing today's play its just clear that he is not doing good enough. A good player needs to have the temperament to hang in there with great responsibilities and not leave it for others to do the job. Being a good test cricketer is not just about some flushy strokes and some fifties its about making sure your team is safe.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 12:42 GMT)

tamim iqbal you are truely one of those players we could look at in the next 5 years and 'say yes he is truely great'well done tamim you will do wonders for world cricket and bangladeshi cricket well done

Posted by virtualshah on (March 23, 2010, 12:32 GMT)

WE KNEW TAMIM SINCE HIS EARLY DAYS... AND SOME OTHERS OF SAME QUALITY. WE ALSO KNOW IT'S ONLY TIME REQUIRED FOR THEM TO CAPTURE WORLD'S HEART ( YES, ONLY TIME IS REQUIRED, NOTHING ELSE ). THERE ARE LOT OF BOYS LIKE TAMIM ARE IN BD NOW, IF NOT ALL, A FEW OF THEM WILL BE ENOUGH FOR BRIGHT FUTURE .

Posted by Prince.Maruf.Hasan on (March 23, 2010, 12:28 GMT)

Tamim is our proud. I am very glad to know that Indians also like him. I thought they didn't. Some people said that he plays like shewag. I am not agree with this. Tamim is Tamim. He is extra ordinary. He should not compared with anyone.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (March 23, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

If anyone from those presently playing at the international level can be talked of in the same breath as Sehwag it is indeed Tamim Iqbal. I have watched him play on the TV. He seems to have a fairly tight defence is well balanced is quite courageous and all the strokes in the book. He also does'nt seem in too much of awe of the bowling he is facing. He may need some talking to to enable him to realise that he is indeed a wonderful player. That self belief may not yet be in great measure in him at present. Sehwag was born to be what he is just like Tendulkar was to be the all time great he is. Viru comes from Najafgarh, not overly famous for cricket while the great Sachin comes from an academic family.It is a part of life that there are some people who are born to take a particular mantle. Tamim seems to be a blessed one too. He just needs to stay and score a double century and a few centuries for the world to know that he could indeed rank with the very best.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

I am still thinking why Tamim is not in the arena of IPL? It may be the Indians are still remember the innings which out played Indians from the World Cup Tournament.

Posted by Mak_BD on (March 23, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

Splendid interview! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Its full of emotion and joy.. The best part when he (Tamim) said , "I want to be remembered firstly as a good person". Long live Tamim!!! Thanks a million to Andrew Miller for giving us this awesome reading experience..

Posted by Shovo_Kalmar on (March 23, 2010, 6:06 GMT)

Being confident and having tolarence will give Bangladesh more and more success. Most of the players can not control their temperament in the field. But Tamim, Mushfique, and some lower order batsmen betting wonderfully ,no doubt. I am also hopefully that Bangladeshi cricket has bright future if the management and the selection board can be out of touch of Bangladeshi politics. We,the Bangladeshi cricket lover awaiting for a historic era of Bangladesh cricket. May Allah help all of you tigers!

Posted by Moinudheen on (March 23, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

Nice article… the first time I saw his batting was against us in wc2007 (I belive we failed to reach super 8 coz of him). I got really sad and angry on him coz it blocked every thing for us, mean time I was surprised to see a young guy attacking zaheer in that style. I didn't expect much more from him in internationaly scene. But surprisingly, he has been really rocking for couple of years. Woww….. its pleasure to see him scoring runs in this speed. When ever there is a Bangla game, I just see Tamim's score in the scorecard, and in most occassions I am satisfied being seen he is up to the mark as expected. Carry on Tamim, You can do a lot for Bangladesh…( Some one wrote that indians always underestimate Bangladesh. That's not right. We wont understimate you when Tamim is there)…. Enjoy your cricket……

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 5:52 GMT)

great stuff Mr Miller. Tamim is such a nice batsman to watch. He is one of the hero from subcontinent not only of Bangladesh.

Posted by h.k.foysol on (March 23, 2010, 5:52 GMT)

Andrew Miller, Good wishes and blessings for you from bottom of my heart. There are very few person who see Bangladeshi cricket in a positive way. I strongly believe you are among those few individual. I read all your articles and always find it interesting. Not because I am a fan of you, it is because you know what to be presented to the reader. Thank you very much.

Posted by MinusZero on (March 23, 2010, 1:44 GMT)

I am becoming positive about Bangladesh. Their performances recently have been much improved. They need more work on their bowling attack but have some really good batsmen coming through. Go Bangas!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 0:34 GMT)

nothing but respect for this man and admiration for miller to provide us with such a GREAT article. The one thing about tamim that i see is that hes too good to be in this team. readers dont get me wrong but the team bangladesh today is very different and yes they still have a lot of shortcomings but this Tamim stands out on everything. Hes never in pressure, he's consistent, ruthless hitter of the ball, and most importantly PASSIONATE about the game who differs seeing cricket just as a mere profession.

Respect for tamim once again. Hope this man registers his name in the history of cricket in time to come.

Posted by tpjpower on (March 23, 2010, 0:34 GMT)

It's a testament to the strides Bangladesh are making that they have a player who can walk the talk as Tamim is doing these days. With his confidence, naturally attacking batting and strong work ethic, this guy will go a long way in international cricket, and may one day be remembered (hopefully alongside Shakib) as an early "great" of Bangla cricket. Good luck to him!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 23:56 GMT)

thanx Andrew Miller for such a nice interview. Tamim has been dashing in this interview as same as his batting. Keep going on tamim....

Posted by Sohellcc on (March 22, 2010, 19:27 GMT)

Actually tamim is not for IPL. We have a domestic crk league PCL n will better in da future. where crk is da fact not money. And near future will play in APL or CPL. India is always under estimate da BD. And that is why world crk nid a anadar crk lig. Joy BD

Posted by ronnie12345 on (March 22, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

tamim will b a world famous batsman within 4-5 years.the ways he bats and get runs shows enough proof that he will b amongst the great ones at the end of his career. good luck Tamim...u r everyone's favorite...

Posted by DotBall6 on (March 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

Nice article from Andrew. The best thing Tamim is doing for BD cricket apart from getting runs as an opening batsman since he came to the scene, is elevating the level of confidence in all players. I never saw any arrogance in him, he was only oozing self belief and confidence. In our culture he might be labeled as arrogant but he is quite the opposite if people hear him talk. He is honest and open about himself and does not hesitate to let his bat do most of the talking. That is not arrogance. I would argue that Ashraful (almost a lost talent by now) is arrogant. Not by choice but by the pressure from others. Nobody will be able to lift Ash's performance if he does not stop playing shots for the crowd and keep saying what others want to hear. He needs to play for himself first, then for the team. Crowd/fans don't like a non performing players :) Tamim has already done a lot for BD cricket with runs and confidence for all. I only want him to CARRY ON. Self belief is an wonderful thing.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

You got something terribly wrong. "A fraught, rain-affected contest came down to the very last ball, but the wicketkeeper, Khaled Mashud, swatted it for six to seal a groundbreaking victory, and young Tamim's eyes were opened to the possibilities his future could hold." I hate to be picky but it wasn't Khaled Mashud's six that secured victory but a legbye off of Hasibul Hossain of the last ball. Just giving credit where credit is due.

Posted by babla_NY on (March 22, 2010, 15:44 GMT)

yes!!!!!!!! keep up your sprit dear TAMIM.play for bangdesh.may ALLAH bless you.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 15:33 GMT)

Love this article, andrew miller u r really a great editor mate! u won our hearts! this is so true for BD cricket.

Posted by mks_65_106 on (March 22, 2010, 15:14 GMT)

tamim is the best performer for bangladesh for dis season,no doubt about that ,he should play his natural game & also try to convert those fifties into real big ones

Posted by SHEAIKH on (March 22, 2010, 14:47 GMT)

I hope" THAMIM WILL BE A GREAT CRICKETER FOR OUR NEXT GENARATION"

Posted by mautan on (March 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

I am from India/Canada and am still shocked to see Tamim and Shakib missing from IPL. It's very sad to see people like Warne giving opportunities to their friends like Lumb, Mascerenhas, Damian Martyn etc when real talents and players absolutely suitable for T20 such as Tamin and Shakib are ignored. All this is done at the expense of owners like Shilpa Shetty who has no clue about cricket. Tamim and Shakib are far better than Lumb, Mascarenhas, Martyn(now), Dwanye Smith( slogger), Hodge ( generally stuggles even if he is the top T20 scorer..maybe his days are done) and atleast a few others. But not all is lost, with two new teams next year, I am 100% positive to see these two players in either Pune or Kochi sides.

Posted by plmx on (March 22, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

After Scyld Berry's comment "when men play boys at Test cricket only the men will win" I dread to think what he will make of the "after the game, six or seven of us came to the dressing room and cried". I hope he will be generous and allow dressing room wailing!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT)

I like tamims heard-heating batting, Bangladesh cricket team really needs him.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

I think you have to start getting over these umpiring decisions ,it happens in all test matches even with the referral system ,they still make mistakes, but you continue to complain ,like Bangladesh are the only team that has bad decisions against it. The problem with the Bangladesh cricket team they are like a political party ,promise so much, but do not deliver on there promises.until Bangladesh start winning cricket matches no one will ever take this cricket team serious. and please do not keep saying we are improving ,we have heard that so many times over the years, until you play test matches at a level where you are consistent over 5 days and do not drop your bundle every time you think a decision has gone against you, maybe things may change.Otherwise people will always be negative towards the Bangladesh cricket team. ROBERT.

Posted by Devapriya on (March 22, 2010, 14:02 GMT)

New teams need time - if you don't play top test teams often it is difficult to improve. Many had written off Bangladesh. But they are improving all the time. When Sri Lanka started in 1982 the 'big teams' said the same about us. Well, we are ahead of most now - even up to 2nd in the ICC rankings recently. Ups and downs in quality of players happens all the time (eg - West Indies). Bangladesh will not remain whipping boys for long. This team should be respected - not ignored as England captain has done.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

Tamim should be selected for next IPL.He has the talent to attack over any great bowler.I love to watch his cricketing actions.plz teams,give Tamim a chance and watch whatever he can

Posted by zaman_ash on (March 22, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

well tamim, this is bangladesh n u know dat quite well. since u've been performing ur ambitious speech sounds REAL good to us. so wish u ud let us to feel it in d same way n hopefully in a better fashion.....so keep going bro...it's ur time...just make it longer n longer....good luck to u n BD team.

Posted by plmx on (March 22, 2010, 12:54 GMT)

Tamim is a fearless cricketer and he will bring yrs of joy and excitement for us BD cricket fans although there will also be moments of frustrations which he admits to. Siddons is clearly doing the right thing in the manner of his coaching but I was horrified to read your article on Khaled Mahmud, "arguably one of the least talented cricketers ever to captain his country" with a "worst combined figures for an allrounder in Test history", a man whose "final appearance as his country's captain…was drowned out by a cacophony of boos". Khaled Mahmud said "Jamie has been here for two-and-a-half years, and he is doing a fantastic job. But he'll probably only be here for another year, maybe two" and "when that time comes, Mahmud believes he is ready to step into the role". GOD FORBID!! Is there no end to our punishment? This will set us back some 5 to 10 yrs and take us back to those dark days of humiliation and embarrassment. Khaled Mahmud!…be a patriot and spare our country this prospect!!!

Posted by sallu123 on (March 22, 2010, 12:42 GMT)

tamim is one of the talented cricketers in now days cricket.his beauty is his arrogant batting.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 12:29 GMT)

i think tamim should be selected in ipl.I think he is better than michel lumb ,brad hodge and many other indian domestic player.so owner of ipl team be rady for bidding for tamim next year .

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 12:15 GMT)

A great article from Andrew Miller yet again. All the best to Tamim. He has got the right attitude and talent - a real gem for BD cricket.

Posted by trio_of_aces on (March 22, 2010, 12:10 GMT)

I used to play cricket in Chittagong and Tamim's uncle Akram Khan and his elder bro Nafis were known to me. I have heard about Tamim from one of his uncles (Pappu). He told me that this boy has got immense talent. I had the opportunity to play against him in a tape-tennis cricket match in Mohammadpur, Dhaka once. He opened the innings (he was in class 6 then, 12 years old I guess). He scored a fifty in no time, probably off 27-28 balls. We were mesmerized by his talents. I knew from that moment that he will play for Bangladesh and will shine in the international arena.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 12:04 GMT)

I believe other players also will perform like Tamim. And our team can win against any test playing nation. Each and every day they are improving. Mushy/Sakib&Mahmudullah are excelent. Hope Ash will come back soon. as well as Raqibul. It will be a balanced team when Mash is included with good form. Insha-Allah win will soon. May Allah bless BD team.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

A great article from Andrew Miller yet again. All the best to Tamim. He has got the right attitude and talent - a real gem for BD cricket.

Posted by Icyman on (March 22, 2010, 11:47 GMT)

A good interview,but the young lad needs to understand that he should not be chasing records and hundreds now. It will make him an individualistic player. Learn to play for the team first. Ensure that you score when it matters,even if you score 15 runs in a victory,it matters. Don't chase hundreds now

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 11:40 GMT)

Congratulations Tamim. very bold and ambitious your words. I love the way you think, like your positiveness. Be a proud Bangladeshi. You already on the way to become a one of the best batsman in the world, Allah has given you all the ability. Please take a little tips from me, "You have the ability to hammer any bowler and anywhere in the world, please don't through your wicket recklessly, but stay on the crease as much as you can and hammer those balls which are bad balls. Players like you are so important to stay on the crease to make our team in a good situation. At the moment we don't have enough players to fulfil your absence at the crease if you get out. Please stay on the crease. Another import thing I would like to say about you is, there is a difference between confident and over confident. Sometimes over confident becomes recklessness from you. Please be patiens when you are on the crease, Insallah it will paid off. May Allah bless you. Wish you all the best"

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

Thanks a lot Miller for a nice Article about Tamim. Tamim knows he's one of the lucky ones & I think Bangladesh is the luckiest to have a player like Tamim Iqbal. I hope its just a start of his successful career as he said before, his best is yet to come. Good Luck Tamim n Good Luck Bangladesh. Inshallah one day we will rule.

Posted by realredbaron on (March 22, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

The best interview I have ever read in Cricinfo. My choice might seem little bit emotional but I shall stick to it. A spectacular interview of a hugely promising and entertaining cricketer from THE emerging cricketing country with the full flavour of deshi masala and emotion, served pretty damn well by the grand chef of cricket journalism- Andrew Miller. I may sound shamelessly boastful here but I saw something in Vettel before anyone else in the F1 fan circuit when he was merely a test driver for BMW. I told my friends Ronaldinho would be the best player in the world one day long before he scored the free kick goal against England in 2002 WC. And I knew Tamim would one day destroy the big guns of cricket on that 22 yards when he was scoring hundreds at a strike rate over 150 against other U19 sides. Tamim Iqbal Khan is a cricketer who played for Bangladesh and entertained the fans of cricket all over the world, so shall they say inshAllah.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

I am confident and very optimistic with our current Bangladesh cricket team with players like Mashrafe, Ashraful, Aftab, Alok, Roqibul trying to get a place in the team. I am confident if they get a chance and perform well we should definitely be a team to reckon with in the upcoming cricket world cup.

Posted by Rukus_NZ on (March 22, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

I saw this man play in New Zealand recently... He was probably the stand out batsman in thier team, and the "danger man" he always got good scores, and I understand him saying he doesnt want 50s, but 100s... A true statement from a true cricketer that thirsts for the sport, like a man thirsts water to survive... Good luck bro

Posted by cricfanfr on (March 22, 2010, 11:05 GMT)

Carry on your hard work , you shakib , mahmullah , Mushfiq,naeem are the future of BD cricket we are proud of you and had faith on you

Posted by makgreat on (March 22, 2010, 11:03 GMT)

Its really amazing that anyone has guts and he knows that he has the guts. Tamim is really no doubt a good player and better than Nafees (his elder brother). My wishes are with you Tamim and i hope you will shine as a star in cricket history. Tamim shows guts like as Saeed Anwar showed.He don't care who is bowling as he told himself. Think that if Sir Wasim Akram & Waqar Yunis were here to bowl to Tamim and he hit them for Six, four as he does and he did against Zaheer Khan specially.

Finally, I would like to say again Best of luck to this sort of breathtaking shorts playing batsman.

Posted by Arif_Suhas on (March 22, 2010, 10:49 GMT)

"I need to play like me, the way I know, and whatever the game, I want to attack the ball. Sometimes it looks odd to get out for 30 playing a stupid shot, but that is my way. If I'm going to be a hero, I'll be a hero the way I am." - wee said HERO !!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 10:42 GMT)

its another amazing article by miller...miller, we need your service very much

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

u are real tiger at any means (Play-Speach-attitude-guts). wish u good luck all the awy. and thanks to a.miller for covereing such a touchy interview.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

I think "Bangladeshi emotion" is important as well... that is what is striving the team forward. I also felt sad after reading that the players cried... you will not see this in any other dressing room.

The nucleus of the team has already been formed (tamim, shakib, mushfiq & Mahmadullah). it is now upto other players to support them.

I hope bangladesh will do good in next World Cup, since its in Asia.

GO TIGERS !!

Posted by venkat1010 on (March 22, 2010, 9:36 GMT)

Wonderful interview of Tamim. This boy is younger than my son.Great talent for BD.May he bring glory to his country. May Allah shower all his blessings on him. Loved watching his recent innings especailly the 151 against India. Fearless batsman and peerless stroke maker. BDs Sehwag. He, Shakib, Mushqi, Mahmadullah shud from the nucleus of BDs cricket future. Be patient and successes will come ur way. God bless.

Posted by Zeeleon on (March 22, 2010, 9:18 GMT)

Surely this gentleman is educated and that shows why he is way too better than the rest! He has the Courage, has the Composure but he is to prove his Consistency now. All the very best to him.

Posted by s.sanin on (March 22, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

Tamim is in great Touch with his BAT. I hope BCB is aware of the fact that too much of expectations has previously let some good players down. So the other players must support Tamim so that he can play his natural game.

Posted by ravikant.kisana on (March 22, 2010, 9:08 GMT)

My heart went out on reading that the team cried after losing the 2nd ODI to England. Respect for Bangladesh cricket, as an Indian I really want to see Bangladesh to rise in the next 3-4 years and become at par with Sri Lanka.

It is such a pity that mediocre players like Lumb (Rajasthan Royals) and Moses Henriques (Delhi) get to play IPL and such talented players such as Shakib & Tamim are not there. We miss you guys!

Posted by NoDir_BaKe on (March 22, 2010, 9:02 GMT)

Oh Miller! you makes me Emotional. bieng a bangladeshi I feel proud to have such a honest & talented person cricketer Tamim. i hope Tamim will be the real hero what's his Dream & our 160+Million bangladeshi's dream. May allah Bless you Tamim & our bangladesh Team,

Posted by MIRAJ_huq on (March 22, 2010, 8:57 GMT)

Andrew Miller taking a Tamim Iqbal interview...absolutely worth it. Hail Andrew.

Posted by Junaeds on (March 22, 2010, 8:49 GMT)

Yet another great article by Andrew Miller. Tamim Iqbal has the right attitude and aggressiveness in him to make him a top batsman in World Cricket. But like all Bangladeshi player he has to watch out for fitness and stamina, because in the end you need to have those attributes to complement your talent. On the same note, Bangladesh have missed out in producing some genuine fast bowlers in Mashrafee and Shahadat because of their lack of fitness (both bowled around 90mph when they came in the team) As Tamim points out in his interview, Jamie is a great BATTING coach, maybe its time to appoint a really good BOWLING coach as well in order to balance the team properly. I believe Tamim has a great future ahead of him, maybe one day he will get the opportunity to captain Bangladesh side like his great uncle Akram Khan, and maybe his aggressive attitude will be translated in his captaincy as well. Because in the end it doesn't matter if you win or lose as long as have the right attitude.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 8:39 GMT)

"I believe that if Bangladesh ever won the World Cup, the scenes we saw that night could never be repeated," he said. "At the moment we won, thousands of people came flocking to my uncle's house and threw colours at our walls, mixed with water, like something you'd see at our Holi festival. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it had happened. But I wanted to be Akram Khan that day. I wanted people to shout my name."

Posted by Moin.Pasha on (March 22, 2010, 7:31 GMT)

Really gud interview. This guy has talent and the right attitude. If BD ciontinue the good work, they will become tough to beat in 3-4 years.

Go tigers!

Posted by amit1807kuwait on (March 22, 2010, 6:57 GMT)

For a young man, he seems to have his thoughts very clear. Wishing him all success, simply because he is a great talent. Hope he illuminates the world of cricket with his breathtaking strokes.

Posted by jamshedpu.ctg. on (March 22, 2010, 6:53 GMT)

"TAMIM" --THE GREAT

ARTICLE WAS EXCELLENT FOR THE REALITIES I GOT MY RESPECT TOWARDS "TEAM BANGLADESH" NOT MEASURABLE AFTER READING THE ENTIRE ARTICLE--ABOUT FEELINGS TO THEIR COUNTRY --WIN--DEFEAT. I WOULDN'T THINK THAT THEY CRY FOR THEIR COUNTRY. CARRY ON MY DEARS ,YOU CAN MAKE OUR HEARTS FULL OF HAPPINESS WITH YOUR EFFORTS.

Posted by KAZabbar on (March 22, 2010, 6:43 GMT)

easily the best interview of a Bangladeshi player in recent times.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

Wow amazing stuff, this. Tamim Iqbal seems to be a really good guy. He has tremendous talent that is being unleashed each game. He will be very big one day, no questions asked. If more cricket players [of Bangladesh] keep an attitude like his, Bangladesh can become a top contender for any form of the game! We should not underestimate the power of these young players. I'm sure his father would've been very proud of both him and his brother. Because the nation sure is and so am I. Go Get 'em [ O ] Tiger! :)

Posted by sawn on (March 22, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

great one!!!!! tamim,really u R our national hero and u'll always be!!!!!!!!

Posted by Woody111 on (March 22, 2010, 5:07 GMT)

While Tamim will undoubtedly prove to be a guy you can revolve your batting around he needs support and that will be the difference between Bangladesh and other sides. They may be on top for some sessions in a test match but are unlikely to maintain the pressure long enough to win. India took the next step when they developed pace bowling into their armery and Bangladesh could well do the same. Spin may remain their bread and butter but without one or two guys making batsmen jump, duck and weave their improvement will reach a glass ceiling. I love how these guys are improving; the above is not meant as criticism. I want to see Bangladesh reap the rewards for their obvious hard work. The position right now vs Eng in the 2nd test is a perfect example. Bang have posted over 400 and have Eng 4 down for half that. Can they rip through Eng and have a 100 run lead? Or will Eng grind out another 200 and things wind up equal going into the 2nd innings? I hope it's the former. Go Bangladesh!

Posted by smudgeon on (March 22, 2010, 4:28 GMT)

Excellent article on an emerging talent (Tamim and Bangladesh in general). Between Tamim, Shakib, Mamudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, you have a group that can lead by example and turn Bangladesh into a seriously formidable team - all they're lacking is a talented seamer or two. I think they have the talent and the confidence, and once they get some consistency they'll surely shed the "pushover" tag.

Posted by admshafi on (March 22, 2010, 4:20 GMT)

What a guy!!! bravo! go ahed tamim! you are our future!

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007

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