‘I didn’t come to defend today’s collapse,’ Tamim Iqbal started his speech in the press conference after scoring another magnificent ton against England today. ‘After first ten balls the pitch was very much easy to bat on, we had got many boundary balls and managed to score some quick runs. In fact, Mominul was playing really well. But after 35 overs, ball had started to turn and it became difficult to bat on the crease, but certainly I’m not defending our collapse by saying this’, Tamim said during the press conference.
‘We are facing reverse swing bowling from English bowlers and we are not used to play such type of deliveries. It’s not an excuse actually but certainly this lack of playing reverse bowling in domestic league or net is costing us’, Tamim tried to explain the collapse. He credited Moeen as well for his sensational performance with ball, ‘after 30-35 overs, pitch became really favorable for the spinners and Moeen took the most advantages from it.’
Tamim expressed his penance by saying that they lack 100 runs on this pitch and if they could score 100 more runs anyhow then certainly they would be the controller of the first day. But he was also optimistic with his bowlers and hoped that if the bowlers can take some early wickets tomorrow then Bangladesh will surely come back strongly in this game, ‘We failed as a batting unit, it’s true, but we haven’t given up yet and hope to continue our venture with ball to restrict England within as trifle run as possible.’ Moeen, however, judged the day as 50-50, ‘I think the game is on fifty-fifty balance after the first day and we have to bat well tomorrow morning.’
Tamim was saying about the behavior of the wicket, ‘I guess the wicket will be trickier as the days go on and I’m expecting more turns from this pitch. England are supposed to bat in the 4th innings and I believe we will be able to create enough chance for us if we don’t allow England to score many runs tomorrow.’