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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has revealed that he “wanted to do something for the nation” when he decided to bat with a fractured wrist during his side’s Asia Cup clash against Sri Lanka in Dubai.
Tamim, who is set to miss the remainder of the tournament, sustained the injury after being struck on the wrist by Sri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal in the second over of the match.
The 29-year-old subsequently left the field and was taken to hospital, where scans confirmed the injury.
However, Bangladesh are waiting on the results of a second scan before making a decision on Tamim.
But, given the opener’s mood when speaking to the media, Tamim seemed to know that his Asia Cup campaign is already over.
“I don’t think I have been this disappointed, this heartbroken in 10 years of my international career,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “I had very high hopes when coming to the Asia Cup. But unfortunately, leaving the scene because of injury is very unfortunate.”
After returning to the ground from the hospital, Tamim stunned the cricketing world when he walked out to bat with heavy strapping on his first two fingers and wrist when Bangladesh were nine down.
Tamim only faced one ball in the 32-run partnership he and Mushfiqur Rahim, who made a career-best 144, put together. However, that one delivery he faced earned him respect all around the globe as he saw off a short-pitched delivery from Lakmal with just one hand.
Delving deeper into why he fought through the pain to come out to bat again, Tamim said: “‘I have been extremely downcast since last night. Yesterday, after what happened, I had the realisation that I won’t play a part in this Asia Cup.
“So, I did however much was possible for me to do. I thought that if I was destined to play just one more ball in the Asia Cup, I thought ‘why not that ball?’ After that there was an important partnership because of that one ball, those are important issues, but at the end of the day I am very heartbroken.
“For the 15-20 seconds my mindset was on another level. It was killing me that probably it would be the last ball I will face in this Asia Cup. That was a very emotional thing and I very much wanted to do something for the nation.”