Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on Sunday took full satisfaction from his patient approach which brought rich reward both for him and his team in the just-concluded three-match series against West Indies.
Tamim batted uncharacteristically throughout the series to score 287 runs in the three-match series, including two centuries, which earned him the man-of-the series reward.
His calculative batting also helped Bangladesh clinch the series 2-1, their first bilateral one-day series win since 2015 and first series win outside home after a gap of nine years.
‘It was a very pleasing moment for us. We won a series after 2015,’ jubilant Tamim told reporters after the series-deciding match against the hosts, which Bangladesh won by 18 runs in St Kitts on Saturday.
‘We all came here with high hopes for Test and ODI series but failed to deliver in the Test series,’ Tamim said referring to Bangladesh’s disappointing losses in two Tests when he could score only 64 runs in four innings.
‘It was very important for us to play well in ODI series. We strongly came back in the first ODI but I think we should have won the second game as well,’ he said.
Bangladesh defeated West Indies by 48 runs in the first match and came close to wrapping up the series in the second match when they failed to score eight runs in last seven balls with six wickets in hands.
‘All the players had their hope and they had a belief that we can win matches. I think it is huge series win for us,’ he added.
Tamim’s magnificent run in the series started with an unfamiliar way when the dashing opener struck an unbeaten 160-ball 130-run in the first one-dayer in Guyana.
He was also involved in a record 207-run stand with team-mate Sakib al Hasan, which helped him restore his confidence after the nightmarish Test series.
Tamim carried the same patient approach in the second game to made 54 off 85 deliveries tough it went in vain after madness of his fellow batsmen in the final two over of the innings.
However, the southpaw continued his superlative form in the series-deciding third match where he smashed seven fours and two sixes to score 103 off 124 deliveries, helping Bangladesh post 301-6, their highest total against West Indies in West Indies.
‘When you score runs and your team wins, that’s the best feeling you can ever have. I was very patient during the matches and my hard work paid off. Personally, I did not do well in Tests so I needed to have that patience,’ Tamim said.
Tamim also achieved several milestones during the three-match series as he became the only Bangladeshi batsman to score two hundreds in a three-match ODI series in abroad.
His 287 runs in the series was the most-run made by a Bangladeshi batsman in a three-match series in overseas condition.
He also surpassed former Australian batsman Darren Lehmann (205 runs) to become the highest run-scorer in a three-match series by an overseas batsman in Caribbean soil.
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