Good batting wicket. Inexperienced bowling attacks. However, in the first ODI against Zimbabwe, Tamim Iqbal was kept in a cage. The slower batsman was bowled out for 5 off 26 balls. The opener missed the chance to hit some easy boundaries on the batting power play. But he was eventually dismissed by young all-rounder Wesley Madhavere off-spin.
Tamim is facing severe criticism for not being able to prolong the innings despite batting over time. Even during the BPL, Tamim has slowly followed the rules. Dhaka Platoon coach Mohammad Salauddin said then that Tamim’s slow batting was part of the team’s plan. Today, the batting coach Neil McKenzie had to read the question because of the same style of batting in the national team.
“He knows what he has to do,” Mackenzie said before the national team’s optional practice at Sylhet International Stadium today. We’re not schoolmasters here. We don’t tell anyone what to do. We comment, share our thoughts and give tactical knowledge. It is entirely up to the cricketers to apply it on the field. And we’re not talking about young people. We’re talking about an experienced one. Believe me, Tamim knows what he is doing wrong. I know you, first of all. ”
Mackenzie, on the one hand, tries to shield the student from the arrows of criticism. Another day, Tamim suggested playing a little hand in the batting powerplay. “He understands the value of his wicket. That’s what made him a successful cricketer. Maybe one or two balls to play him a little bit. If he can hit two or a boundary, then all of you will follow him.