On rare occasions, do we see athletes pushing their limits and playing in pain, and today’s Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka gave us such an incident. Tamim Iqbal suffered a fractured wrist at the start of the game but came on to bat later in the innings, albeit, with just one hand.
It was way back in 2009, when South African batsman – Graeme Smith had walked onto the pitch at number eleven, looking to survive 8.2 overs with a broken hand. He had his own blood recently injected into his right elbow, but still played on.
Moments like this, that separate the good from the great and today’s match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup opener surely gave birth to one such great.
Bangladesh opener, Tamim Iqbal, tried to hit a pull shot off a Suranga Lakmal delivery failing which the ball ended up hitting him on the wrist. Tamim looked in discomfort as he left the field and his Asia Cup camapign was all but over.
Bangladesh struggled from there one, but a brilliant performance from middle-order batsmen – Mushfiqur Rahim (144) and Mohammad Mithun (63) ensured that Bangladesh put up a competitive total on the scoreboard.
But, the main highlight of the game came at the dying stage when Iqbal stole the plaudits as he made his way to the center in the 47th over. A fractured wrist was not going to keep him down. The veteran player made a hole in his glove so that it could fit the taped hand.
Tamim further went on to get rid of the bottom-hand and just used his top-hand to fend off Lakmal’s delivery to the on-side.
Here’s how Twitterati praised Tamim;
Tamim Iqbal walked in at No. 11 and batted with one hand after suffering a fracture on his left wrist. WOW! Amazing courage shown by the Peshawar Zalmi opener. Brave! pic.twitter.com/pgkFCYYl7r
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) September 15, 2018
— Ali (@AleyFarooqq) September 15, 2018
Unbelievable scenes! Tamim Iqbal has walked in at No. 11 and is batting with only one hand! Crazy scenes. This is remarkable bravery from Tamim Iqbal. 👏👏❤️❤️
— Engr. M Omar Faruk (@omaarfarruk) September 15, 2018
— Aravind (@aravindisback) September 15, 2018
Tamim Iqbal batting with one hand and the other hanging out of his glove with a taped wrist.
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) September 15, 2018
Batted with a broken wrist! Unbelievable courage showed by Tamim Iqbal!! Real act of bravery & dedication!!👏🇧🇩 https://t.co/wcroQHjWke
— Syeda Nain Abidi (@SyedaNain18) September 15, 2018
Sheer Respect for this guy tamim iqbal . This is what we call love for country #BANvSL
— Ashutosh Vashisht🏏 (@THANDiiBeer) September 15, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 15, 2018
— Umar FarOoq 🇵🇰 (@UmarFarooqGL) September 15, 2018
Massive Respect for Tamim Iqbal. Came out to bat with a broken arm and batted with one hand only.
— Saad 🇵🇰 (@ImSaadAwais22) September 15, 2018