Two hours after being told by the doctors that his Asia Cup journey is over because of a fractured left wrist, Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal, much to everyone’s surprise, walked out to bat with one hand after the fall of ninth wicket. He hung on with centurion Mushfiqur Rahim and helped add 32 for the final wicket, lifting his side to 261.
Tamim, who came out with his left hand positioned as if in a sling, had four fingers from his left glove popping out to support a special padding on the glove. He played out just one ball upon return, but it helped Bangladesh get the final kick, courtesy an astonishing Mushfiqur onslaught in the last three overs.
After being beaten on a pull against Suranga Lakmal, Tamim was hit on his left wrist in the second over. He immediately signalled towards the physiotherapist and retired hurt on 2 off 3 balls. Later, he was taken to the hospital, where scans revealed a crack on the outside of his index finger. However, much to everyone’s surprise, he walked out to bat after the fall of the ninth wicket in the 47th over, with all four fingers, barring the thumb, popping out of his glove to support the padding.
The Bangladesh knock eventually came to a close when Mushfiqur mistimed a ball off Thisara Perera into the hands of Kusal Mendis at long-on. He scored 144 runs in 150 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and four sixes. In the meantime, Twitter heaped praises on the 29-year-old Tamim for his gutsy effort on the cricket pitch.
Here is how Twitter hailed Tamim Iqbal:
Batted with a broken wrist! Unbelievable courage showed by Tamim Iqbal!! Real act of bravery & dedication!!👏🇧🇩 https://t.co/wcroQHjWke
— Syeda Nain Abidi (@SyedaNain18) September 15, 2018
Wonderful from Tamim Iqbal to bat despite his wrist injury to support Mushfiqur Rahim
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 15, 2018
— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) September 15, 2018
Tamim Iqbal, who earlier today fractured his wrist and was ruled out of the rest of the Asia Cup – HAS JUST WALKED OUT TO BAT WITH ONE HAND.
— Roushan Alam (@roushanalam) September 15, 2018
Respect to Tamim for coming out to bat despite a fractured wrist.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 15, 2018
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 15, 2018
— Adeel malko (@adeelpakistani1) September 15, 2018
Tamim Iqbal walked in at No. 11 and batted with one hand after suffering a fracture on his left wrist. WOW! Amazing courage shown by the Peshawar Zalmi opener. Brave! pic.twitter.com/pgkFCYYl7r
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) September 15, 2018
— The Realistic (@TheRealistic_) September 15, 2018
Tamim Iqbal becomes a legend – anyone who plays for his nation and passion of game over himself such player i salute and give standing ovation 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 #BANvSL
— ՏᕼᗩIᒪᗴՏᕼ (@shaileshgam) September 15, 2018
Patriotism Level : Tamim Iqbal Khan. pic.twitter.com/zLpSBVFpOZ
— Rafi Ahmed (@RAN4RAFI) September 15, 2018
Tamim Iqbal you are really a Tiger!! Respect Man !!!
— Abu Zaman (@abuzaman786) September 15, 2018
— PRAVEEN (@impraveen_) September 15, 2018