Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Only Test, Harare, 4th day August 7, 2011

'If we don't do anything silly, we will win' - Tamim


Nobody can accuse Tamim Iqbal of being modest. The Bangladesh opening batsman was bullish at the end of the fourth day's play, confident that his team would emerge comfortable winners because Zimbabwe's bowlers pose no threat to their line-up.

"He's just ok, he's nothing special," Tamim said of Kyle Jarvis, who took two wickets late in the day to swing the advantage Zimbabwe's way. "I'm just being honest and telling the truth." He was similarly unimpressed with Brian Vitori, the left-arm seamer whose four wickets in the first innings did substantial damage to Bangladesh's cause. "He's ordinary."

So, if neither of Zimbabwe's two strike bowlers pose any danger to Bangladesh, what stands in their way on their journey to victory in Harare? "Ourselves," Tamim said. "The wicket is flat so if we don't make mistakes or do anything silly, we should win."

Tamim believed his own innings was a demonstration of how the rest of the line-up should bat, without fear. "I was going beautifully and if I was still there we would have had more runs," he said. "I had a plan, which was to play my shots and I was doing that. It's just bad luck that I got out, that happens in cricket."

Despite his crash and burn innings in a tall task for Bangladesh, Tamim praised Zimbabwe's captain Brendan Taylor for his sporting declaration, saying it created an opportunity for a good finish. "It was a clever declaration. If they had batted for one hour after tea, we would have been happy to bat for the other hour and might not have gone for the chase, so this was clever."

Tamim displays a rare confidence, that is often absent in Bangladesh players and indicated that soon, the rest of the squad may start talking the talk like he does, although he admitted that they don't often walk the walk. "Every individual player knows their game now, so that has a come a long way. We still have a lot to learn and that will come if we play a lot more Test cricket. We can't have a 14-month break," he said, using the opportunity to also take a snipe at those in charge of the scheduling.

The only group who escaped his criticism were his own team-mates and Tamim wasn't disappointed with their fielding effort, despite their lack of firepower. "Maybe they could have done a little more with the new ball but Robiul [Islam] and Rubel [Hossain] played their hearts out and it was nice to see that."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on August 10, 2011, 16:27 GMT


    Tamim..... :P

  • dummy4fb on August 10, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Well, we all now know how this ended, the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 9, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Tamim must seek apology from Jarvis & Vitori as well as withdraw his words. His arrogance is harmful for BD cricket. He might b talented, he might played T20 for Nottinghamshire, but Zim have also some ex-county players (Chigu, Ray & Taibu). Who knows, Jarvis & Vitori may play in county few years later???

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    LOL...Baby Tamim is talking!!!!!First of all, he is just an ordinary batsmen and he is criticizing fellow cricketers. He has not done anything extra other than the ordinary..and the fact that he can't play under pressure.....

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    wooohooo!!taylors right eat ur words tamims gud but let the bat talk!! awesum selection and a brilliant performance by zims seamers shud be the 3 premier seamers 4 zim!! now lets win the odis!!!

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    even the great ausies will tell u not to underestimate these zim guys , they always spring some suprises

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 8, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Go Zimbabwe go! I'm so happy Zimbabwe thrashed Bangla today. I always celebrate when Bangla loses. And Tamim Iqbal is a pathetic cricketer himself. Zimbabwe are miles ahead of Bangla. Bangla's test status should be taken away. Go Zimabwe Go!

  • Stos on August 8, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    It's somewhat amusing to see Tamim decrying his bad luck when he was lucky to have not got out multiple times playing his 'natural game' during that second innings before being dismissed. His success mainly came from leaving balls near the off stump, hence avoiding edges, and flashing at those further away from it, so it's no real surprise that after surviving the flashes he got bowled by leaving one. Shakib tried similarly playing a 'natural game', and looked like a fish out of water before being dismissed trying what he had been failing at for the last few balls. In any case, both of these teams are, ranking-wise, a fair bit below 'normal' by test standards, so perhaps normal bowlers are a bit of a threat.

  • AJawed on August 8, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    these comments are laughable and the Bangl team is already proving it!

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Sehwag wannabe :D.

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