Bangladesh one-day international skipper Tamim iqbal’s Facebook live session has been a source of relief for the country’s cricketers during these lockdown days and has also provided them with priceless lessons from local and foreign cricketers which they hoped to implement once cricket resumes.
Tamim began his impromptu talk show on May 2, with long-time team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim as his guest and since then a number of current and former cricketers, from Bangladesh and from other countries, have graced the show with their presence.
The opener has repeatedly said that the sole purpose of this initiative was to entertain people during the pandemic but it has ended up being more than a mere chat show with star cricketers opening up their vault of knowledge to young cricketers.
Nazmul Hossain was one of the young Tigers who kept a keen eye on the show and said that he learned more about the thinking process of senior team-mates Tamim and Mushfiq by watching the show than by training alongside them.
‘I watched almost all the episodes. I learned about training patterns of Tamim Bhai and Mushfiq bhai in details,’ Nazmul told New Age on Friday from Rajshahi.
‘Though I have seen them in the nets but that time I was also busy in training. I learned that there is no set pattern, someone might bat for hours or sometimes it’s just getting the right vibe,’ he added.
Nazmul was particularly inspired by the word of Indian skipper Virat Kohli regarding fitness and planned to follow his advice.
‘Virat Kohli spoke about his diet and training. The co-relation between diet, training and practice, he explained it very well. I will try to follow that hopefully,’ he said.
Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, however, had a different perspective as he felt following Kohli’s training manual was not realistic for the Bangladeshi cricketers, who don’t have access to the facilities of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital.
‘Kohli talked about his training and fitness, that’s very educational. But the reality is India is on a different level now. In Bangladesh, everything is Mirpur based. I won’t get the same facility here in Feni,’ said Saifuddin.
Saifuddin said that he was greatly impacted by the words of Wasim Akram in the show as it changed his perspective regarding bowling in barren South Asian pitches.
‘Here in sub-continent, pace bowlers normally became upset to see the flat tracks. I also felt like that. But Wasim Akram said on that day that he felt encouraged to bowl on flat wickets. As it gave him more chances to put variations, experiment with swing bowling and try other things.
‘Sometimes we get bogged down seeing flat decks, but he never did that. Maybe that was what created the difference,’ he said.
Bangladesh women’s team leg-spinner Fahima Khatun said Tamim’s online chat sessions both entertained and enriched her cricket knowledge.
‘I watched most of the episodes and I found their conversation very entertaining. As a cricketer, I learned a lot but other people are also finding it entertaining,’ Fahima said.
Fahima also revealed that the women’s cricketers, inspired by Tamim’s initiative, were planning to start their own such show but the crude reality of the social media held them back.
`After seeing Tamim bhai, we also wanted to do something like that but we could not make it happen. I was also invited to join some live sessions but I refrained myself because I saw some very abusive comments being passed on, especially what happened with Mushfiq Bhai’s bat auction.
Tamim will host his final live session today at 10:30pm with national stalwarts Mashrafee bin Murtaza, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah.
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