‘Was busy watching Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly’: When Bangladesh batsman was left starstruck by India’s Big Three – cricket

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal scored a belligerent half-century through the World Cup match in opposition to India in 2007, however earlier than he walked out to bat, the opening batsman admits he was left starstruck realizing he was sharing a cricket subject with the massive three of Indian cricket – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. “The moment I was playing the World Cup 2007 match against India, I was too busy watching Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. I was just watching them. I was too happy to be playing in the presence of these legends,” Iqbal informed Sanjay Manjrekar in a videocast hosted by ESPNCricinfo.

India had scored 191 batting first, and in response Tamim received Bangladesh off the blocks with a fast-hearth half-century on the prime. Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim added 45 runs for the second wicket with the wicketkeeper batsman hitting a half-century himself. Even although Tamim was dismissed, Rahim joined allrounder Shakib Al Hasan for an 84-run partnership that took the sport away from India.

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The win was Bangladesh’s first over India at a World Cup and one which Tamim says injected self-perception throughout the group and the nation’s individuals.

“When they scored 190, we knew we had a chance. I went to bat and I faced Zaheer Khan. I thought to myself will I be able to face a bowler who bowls at 140 kph; the first ball he bowled, somehow I managed to defend that; next ball I smashed for four and from there I got some confidence,” Tamim added.

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“I was just too happy playing against my heroes; the win against India in the 2007 World Cup was a great thing for Bangladesh cricket; it was great for both players and fans, the win gave hope to our people that our team can do something.”

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