Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said his team will be ready for some chin music, when it faces West Indies.Tamim hasn’t had the best of starts in the World Cup, having managed scores of 16, 24 and 19 in his first three outings.
“West Indies usually targets us with the short ball, but it does the same against all sides in the first 10 to 15 overs. It also gives us run-scoring opportunities. We have to prepare for both, that’s why we are working hard in practice. We want to make sure it is not a surprise for us. It is not the same stuff we faced in Ireland or West Indies.”
Tamim, who lost his wicket trying to execute the pull shot against Mark Wood and Lockie Ferguson in his last two innings, felt the recent experience against West Indies will come in handy. In the tri-nation series in Ireland, Bangladesh managed to defeat Windies thrice and clinch the cup.
“The first three bowling attacks I played against in this WC (South Africa, New Zealand and England), all were more or less equal. West Indies has pace, three bowlers who bowl above 140. The good thing is we have played all three in the last year-and-a-half,” he added.
Tamim, the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in ODI cricket, has been a regular feature of the setup, averaging 51.39 in limited-overs cricket since the start of 2015. He hopes to score big if he gets a good start.
“In the last three matches, I started to play according to what was required in the first five to seven overs. But somehow, when everything was under control, I gave away my wickets. That was disappointing because usually it does not happen. If I get a good start, I am hopeful I will be able to do well.”