Tamim Iqbal names R Ashwin among the three toughest bowlers he has faced in international cricket

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Amid lockdown, many cricketers be it former or currently active players, are heading towards social media platforms to engage with their fans. Some are taking part in online chat sessions while some are coming up with their favourite players’ list who they rate them as the best in the business.


A few days ago, veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh had revealed five batsmen whom he found worth challenging throughout his career. Latest on the trend is Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal. The talented batsman has named three bowlers in world cricket who troubled him a lot.

Iqbal picked two spinners and one pacer from India, Pakistan and South Africa, respectively. The Chattogram-born named India’s Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the toughest bowlers he has faced. Apart from the offie, Iqbal also picked Pakistan’s veteran spinner Saeed Ajmal and former South African paceman Morne Morkel as the bowlers who were difficult to bat against.


The 31-year-old batsman firstly went with Ajmal and admitted that during the latter’s prime, he couldn’t pick the off-spinner at all.

“First, I would talk about Saeed Ajmal. When he was at his prime, I couldn’t read his deliveries. I had plenty of troubles while playing him,” said Tamim in an interview as quoted by Daily Star.

The Bangladeshi ODI captain then chose pacer Morkel and spinner Ashwin. He said that it was challenging to face Morkel and Ashwin was pretty tricky to read.


“South Africa’s Morne Morkel was tough to face. Another one is Ravichandran Ashwin, who is one of the current players. Even he is difficult to read. I would like to take the names of these three cricketers as they are quality bowlers,” Iqbal added.

Iqbal has so far featured in 341 international matches for Bangladesh, in which he has accumulated 13,308 runs which is the highest by any Bangladeshi player in the history. Iqbal also has 23 hundreds and 81 half-centuries to his name in international cricket.


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