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Tamim hails team spirit after ODI series win

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 15 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tamim hails team spirit after ODI series win
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal hits a boundary during the second ODI against West Indies at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana, on Wednesday. —AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal said on Wednesday that they were hungry to clinch the ODI series against West Indies.

 Following the dismal performances in the Test and T20I series, the Tigers were desperate to get back into winning ways in their ‘favourite’ ODI format against the hosts.

The Tigers successfully did their job by completing a nine-wicket win over West Indies in the second game and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Guyana.

Bangladesh earlier won the opening ODI by six wickets at the same venue on Sunday.

“Everyone was hungry to win. After losing in Tests and T20Is, we always tried to win in the ODIs. And this was not only me, all the other 15 members thought the same and probably it is the result of their wish (to win),” Tamim told reporters after the series win.

“Look we were missing three players of the main XI (Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali) and certainly it had an impact on the confidence of the team but our team didn’t make it feel (that way),” he said.

Tamim said that he feels familiarity with the 50-over format helps them carry a different body language all together in the ODIs compared to Test and T20Is.

The southpaw, who made an unbeaten fifty in the second game, also said that the competitiveness of Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional list A tournament, also plays a big part behind performing in this manner in the ODIs.

“This is one format we are very comfortable with and we played a lot of matches. In Bangladesh, the Dhaka Premier League is the most competitive tournament and it could be one of the reasons.”

Tamim added that he is planning to make wholesale changes to see the bench strength in the last ODI against the hosts, scheduled on July 16, considering the series is not part of the ICC World Cup Super League where every point matters.

“For me what is important is that we can see our bench strength and see the players who are not making it into the playing XI considering it’s not part of ICC Super League,” said Tamim.

“As we clinched the series, I think we should give chances to others (who are unable to make a cut in the playing XI). Even if that means I don’t play one or two matches,” said Tamim, who won five out of six ODI series that he captained for Bangladesh.

“If I don’t see the bench strength now, when will I see it? Apart from that if someone gets injured then it becomes difficult to bring someone in and so in the next match you might see a lot of changes,” he added.