WI vs BAN 2018: Bangladesh never gave themselves a chance, says Tamim Iqbal

What hurts Tamim is the lack of proper application from the Bangladeshi batsman during the Test series.

Tamim Iqbal (AFP)

While their basic defensive technique against swing and seam got exposed across the 2 Tests against Jason Holder's West Indies, the other big issue with the Bangladeshi Test match batting seems to be the lack of proper application. 

One of their stalwarts, Tamim Iqbal reiterated the fact when he said that what hurts him the most about the 2-0 loss, is that "We never gave ourselves a chance" 

After the series, Tamim got quoted saying, "The only thing that was different here was the Duke ball which we were playing [with] after four years. It swings and seams more than the Kookaburra ball, It was the only difference but it is not an excuse for our bad performance."

"I think it was more mental than technical. The top six here had similar dismissals. I think we were prepared enough for tackling swing and bounce, but you can't really prepare for a seaming track where the ball is cutting. If we could have stretched the game longer, we could have cashed in. We all know there are difficult phases and easy periods in Test matches,"

Tamim further emphasised the point by saying, "I have played in different conditions in New Zealand and South Africa. In these wickets, you have to spend a lot of time [at the wicket]. You can't play big shots early. But I think our biggest drawback was not being able to keep them [Windies' bowlers] on the field for 60-70 overs at a stretch. Their pace bowlers were playing five back-to-back Tests, so they would have been tired. We never gave ourselves that chance. We got all out in less than 20 overs in the first innings in Antigua and here it was no different. We got bowled out in 40-45 overs," 

Looking forward to the limited-overs leg of the tour in a few days time, Tamim said, "A different format would suit us but we are going in with bad rhythm, We have four-five days to forget the Test series and rebuild for the ODIs. But I think we shouldn't forget it completely. We should keep in mind how we did, before our next Test series,"

The 3-match ODI series starts on July 22, with the first game to be played at Providence Stadium in Guyana. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)

By Kashish Chadha - 16 Jul, 2018

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