I feel I am still dreaming: Tamim Iqbal after BPL triumph
Tamim Iqbal is coming off a match-winnning hundred in the BPL final. (Twitter Image)

Fresh off his scintillating century in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League which guided Comilla Victorians to title triumph, opening batsmen Tamim Iqbal is still very much in disbelief of his incredible knock. After numerous disappointing seasons, Tamil finally made an impact in the final, scoring a whopping 141 and starring in Victorians’ 17-run win over Dhaka Dynamites in the final.

Put into bat, Victorians lost dashing West Indies opener Evin Lewis for 9 off Rubel Hossain. However, Tamim found good support in Anamul Haque as the duo registered 89 runs for the second wicket. Tamim then took centre-stage as he and Imrul Kayes conjured 100 for the unconquered fourth wicket.

“To be honest, I feel I am still dreaming,” Tamim said. “I still don’t know how I batted. I think I can explain better after I see the highlights. At one stage I got very pissed when [Anamul Haque] Bijoy got out. I had to calm myself down and start again. I am sure that when I see the highlights, I can say it better.

“I honestly never thought I’d play such a knock but I think I planned it really nicely. I didn’t want to give a wicket to Shakib [Al Hasan] and [Sunil] Narine, who were Dhaka’s most successful bowlers. I hardly took any risk against Narine apart from one six. It was an unbelievably good wicket so I backed myself against the pacers.”

Tamim endured a few tough seasons in the BBL. In the first season, he played just two games for Chittagong Kings after a groin injury ruled him out of the competition.  It was followed with multiple fallouts with other franchises for reasons aplenty. Hence, all the more reason why this was a crucial season/game for Tamim. It was important for him to maintain composure, which he credits senior pro Mashrafe Mortaza for.

“I get tensed before a game, especially when the responsibility is with me,” he said. “So I decided to be positive all the way. You know owners can be emotional but not for a minute did I tell them that we will lose. The credit goes to Mr Mortaza.”

Tamim was the second-highest run-scorer this season with 467 runs at an average of 38.91 with one century and two fifties. Overall, he sits at the top of the pile with 1825 runs across eight seasons. Hence, it was almost fitting that Tamim took the honours as the Victorians lifted their second BPL title.

“A Bangladeshi did the job in a big occasion in the BPL. I think this is the best achievement from today’s innings. Normally an overseas player does the job on the big day in previous occasions. I hope my innings inspires the others from Bangladesh. They don’t need to wait for others to do it. We can also do it,” he said. “It was very personal. I always wanted to win a cup. The monkey is off my back.”