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Innovative batting practice helps Tamim get back to groove

Sports Correspondent

20 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Innovative batting practice helps Tamim get back to groove

Comilla Victorians dashing opener Tamim Iqbal reaped benefits from a goal oriented training as it helped him regain his form in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Tamim, who was going through a relatively lean patch in the BPL, eventually shrugged off his poor form with a superb 42-ball 73-run knock against Khulna Titans to help them move into the second spot of the BPL points table.

Tamim came into BPL with loads of confidence on the back of consistent performance at the international level but seemed to be nowhere near his usual self until the blazing half-century against Titans.

The dominating left-handed opener had the taste of successive ducks for the first time in his career before making sure he gets back into business with a bang against Titans as he made 35, 4 and 21 runs in his first three innings of the ongoing BPL season six.

Victorians needed Tamim to shine more so after losing Steven Smith and Evin Lewis to injury. While observing his practice session at Sylhet District Stadium on Wednesday, it looked as if the urgency gripped his mind.

While batting in the nets, head coach Mohammad Salahuddin had a throw down at the opener where Tamim took up the challenge of batting against Salahuddin in a match-like situation. Before completing his session, he decided to keep the fielders at long and long off along with others standing at different regions much like the boundary riders at the rope during a match time.

Off-spinner Sanjit Saha was the bowler against whom he was required to get a specific amount of runs to win the battle similar to the way it happens during the last over in a T20. It appeared to be a perfect example of purpose oriented training.

“I don’t feel the last over battle against Sanjit is purpose based training,” Tamim told daily sun when his attention was drawn regarding it after the training session was over.

“The throw downs made by Sir [Salahuddin] can be considered as purpose based training because he was asked to bowl anywhere as it happens in matches unlike batting practice sessions when we want someone to give us a specific kind of deliveries to play drives or cuts,” he said adding that he wanted those players at the ropes as it helped him to pick gaps.

“There is no point just coming into net and hitting wildly. I would like to bat in the net as if I am playing in a match as that will help me prepare better mentally, physically and technically,” he added.

Tamim showed his level of preparation against Titans when he looked destined to hit the first century of the tournament until Lasith Malinga undid him with a slower delivery but not before he smacked a dozen boundaries and a six in his match-deciding knock.

Tamim admitted later after the match that he is relieved to get over the lean patch as it was not only bothering him but also looked to have an impact on his mental toughness.

“I think I was in the most nervous situation that in last seven or eight years. I asked Sir (Salahuddin) that I am pretty afraid and he gave me confidence in his own way. Afridi was sharing some of his experience[ that he went through during lean phase] and it all indicated that I was not normal ,” Tamim told reporters after the sparkling half-century when he was asked whether he was concerned with his two successive ducks.

“I don’t think I ever went through a similar situation in my international career because honestly speaking I was very nervous in the beginning,” he said adding that he is not sure whether he regained his form or still is going through the lean patch.

“I feel when a batsman is going through a lean phase for two or three innings and he suddenly hits some quick runs, it does not imply that he regained his form. So, I cannot say that I have regained my form,” he said.

“I can only say that it helped me gain confidence to play the upcoming game but I cannot assure that whether my lean phase is over or not as one innings does not guarantee someone regaining form,” he concluded.