Tamim shrugs off slump in form for BD


DHAKA – Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said he has no worry about his form and does not feel his recent struggles have anything to do with his technique despite suffering two ducks in his last three innings. Tamim started his tournament well with a half-century against India in the opening match before hitting 44 in the low-scoring game against Ireland which also earned him the man-of-the-match award.
His form dipped in the last three matches which included two ducks against West Indies and Netherlands and a quick-fire 38 in between against England. “I scored a 70 and two 40s in this World Cup. If you go back to three years, you should be happy,” Tamim told reporters on Thursday. “But I have raised my standard to a level that you now see my 40s as a failure. Maybe this is the reason you all are thinking I played very bad. “Still I am averaging 35 or something, so I am not really worried,” he said.
Tamim denied that technical problems had led to his early dismissals. “I don’t think I have anything to work at technique-wise at this stage,” he said. “I don’t know if you have noticed it, in the last game (against Netherlands) the ball hit my inner-thigh before it hit the stumps.
“In the first duck (against West Indies), it was because of my one stupid decision. I played the ball in the back foot, which I should have played with the front. “If you see both, there is nothing wrong with the technique. I talked to my coach and even I rang Salahuddin Sir (former fielding coach) in Malaysia to have a look. Everyone said it’s (technique) fine,” he said.