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

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

“The moment I was playing the World Cup 2007 match against India, I was too busy watching Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly,” says Tamim Iqbal.

cricket Updated: Jun 05, 2020 09:55 IST
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Aditya Bhattacharya
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Aditya Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
File image of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
File image of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.(Getty Images)

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal scored a belligerent half-century during the World Cup match against India in 2007, but before he walked out to bat, the opening batsman admits he was left starstruck knowing he was sharing a cricket field with the big 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 told Sanjay Manjrekar in a videocast hosted by ESPNCricinfo.

India had scored 191 batting first, and in response Tamim got Bangladesh off the blocks with a quick-fire half-century at the top. Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim added 45 runs for the second wicket with the wicketkeeper batsman hitting a half-century himself. Even though Tamim was dismissed, Rahim joined allrounder Shakib Al Hasan for an 84-run partnership that took the game away from India.

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The win was Bangladesh’s first over India at a World Cup and one that Tamim says injected self-belief within the team and the nation’s people.

“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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