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Tamim Iqbal was praised for batting with a broken wrist (AFP Photo)

Tamim Iqbal was sitting in the dressing room after fracturing his left wrist in the second over of Bangladesh innings while attempting to pull in the second over.

He watched from the sidelines as teammate Mushfiqur Rahim went on to complete his century. And when Mustafizur Rehman was out as the ninth batsman, it seemed Bangladesh’s innings was over. But in walked Tamim with a heavily strapped wrist and took guard, holding the bat with his right hand. He faced just one delivery and then left it for Mushfiqur for a late blitz as he hammered 32 runs after Tamim’s reentry.

The risk paid off.

Revealing what was going on in his mind when he took the decision to bat with a broken wrist, Tamim said the roar in the stadium spurred him on and that he wad fully committed to his team’s cause in the Asia Cup opener on Saturday.

“I felt very brave in those ten seconds when the bowler was running in,” Tamim was quoted as saying by the ESPNcricinfo. “I was very pumped up after hearing the roar in the stadium. I could have got out or anything else may have happened, but in that moment, I was very, very committed to the team and nation.”

Even though Tamim was lauded for his bravado, nevertheless things could have gotten worse considering the extent of his injury. “It was quite risky now that I think about it. My injured hand was behind me but when I played the ball, you’d notice that the hand had come in front. If I had missed the ball, it would have hit my hand,” the 29-year-old said.

Tamim was disappointed his Asia Cup was coming to a premature end as he had high expectations from the tournament. “I had a lot of high hopes with the Asia Cup and I was overcome with emotions at that moment. I felt that if by playing this one ball the team can get five or 10 runs, it’d help the team. I thought that if I had to play one ball, then why not?” he added.

Tamim explained how his teammates helped him gear up. “I started padding up when Rubel [Hossain] was at the crease. Mashrafe bhai cut open my gloves. For the first time in my life, someone had to put on my abdomen guar. Mominul [Haque] and the others helped me put on my pads. My bandage got meshed with another glove. Everyone was helping me.”

“I don’t think I have experienced such a thing in my life,” he said. “I can see all the reactions, but when I was going out to bat or facing that delivery, I didn’t think of what might happen afterwards. I just went there for the team and country.”