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We shouldn't really start castigating nor have a go at Tamim- Rhodes





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|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh premier batsman Tamim Iqbal failed to shine on another landmark occasion as he is likely to forget his 200th ODI appearance more than anything else.

The stage was ready for the opener. It was his 200th ODI match, Bangladesh was hanging on their luck to qualify for their first ever World Cup semifinal and the opponent which has been considered as his favorite one.

Tamim- the left-handed opener who holds the record of achieving the highest number hundreds and fifties for Bangladesh, debuted against Zimbabwe back in 2007 and scored 5 runs on his first international match at Harare though Bangladesh won that match.

He then needed two years to reach 50th match of his career and it was another big stage for Bangladesh as the Tigers reached their first ever Tri-nation series final and Tamim again failed to produce a big innings as the opener returned to the pavilion scoring 18 runs and Bangladesh ended up losing that match after setting up a poor target (153) against Sri Lanka.

On 2011 in Zimbabwe, when the opener played his 100th ODI match, Bangladesh had already lost the first encounter of the series and the only Test match before that. The opener needed to give a good start but he scored just 3 runs and Zimbabwe won the match with 7 wickets. Bangladesh later lost the series by 3-2.

Tamim was successful breaking up the ominous circle scoring 61 runs on his 150th match at his hometown Chittagong against South Africa and Bangladesh ended up winning the match and also the series.

Four years later when the 30-year-old batsmen was gearing up to hit the ground, leaving the milestone curses aside- Tamim was the first batsmen from Bangladesh side to leave the crease with 22 runs while chasing a dream for his nation.

Along the way, he also dropped a regulation catch of Rohit Sharma on nine runs that is believed to have changed the course of the match as he later scored a brilliant hundred to help them side post a challenging total.

However, Rhodes believed there is no need to ring the alarm bell for the left-hander despite he scored only 227 runs in seven innings as he insisted it was just a bad tournament for the experienced campaigner.

‘’Well, I would say wholehearted has been his performances. He would have loved to have scored more runs because he's got a lot of pride in the amount of runs he scored, but he's been very wholehearted and tried his very, very best. Sometimes it's not to be. You know, he played some great shots today. I thought today was going to be the day, but sadly, it wasn't to be,’’ said Rhodes.

‘’And that's cricket. Sometimes the harder you try, the worse it gets. Certainly, as far as his efforts for Bangladesh are concerned, in trying to contribute, trying to get some match-winning innings, then sadly it hasn't happened, but he's tried his very, very best, and I'm sure on another World Cup, because he's young enough to be there in four years time, maybe India's World Cup, that time around,’’ he added.

Rhodes added there was no technical issue with Tamim as he bowled thrice by being played on.

‘’I don't think it was necessarily a technical matter. This slowish type of wicket, especially with coaches being bold, sometimes when you're angling the ball a little bit with a 45-degree bat, it can be a little bit dangerous,’’ he said.

‘’We shouldn't really start castigating or have a go at Tamim. He's a wonderful player. He played some great shots today, and if you know anything about batting, it takes one ball to get you out, and it might take one-half mistake and you're a goner. It's a tough job for a batsman. The bowler does get a few more chances in the over to come back, and the batsman doesn't,’’ he concluded.