Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal won the hearts during the opening fixture of Asia Cup 2018 against Sri Lanka as he got injured during the initial overs, visited a hospital, returned back with fractured wrist and batted again – with one hand – his Braveheart act received all the support from the crowd in the stadium as well as fans watching from across the world.
Tamim was actually told by the doctors that his Asia Cup campaign was over due to the fractured wrist. But he hung on with the brilliant Mushfiqur Rahim for the last wicket as they both added 32 runs and helped Bangladesh end on 261.
“There was a lot of pressure, losing lost two wickets early and Tamim couldn't bat. But decision to bat (again) was made by him. If he didn't want to bat, no one could push him. Credit goes to him for the decision,' Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said after the game on Saturday.
Fans took to micro-blogging platform Twitter and applauded Tamim’s heroic act as Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by a massive 137-run margin in the Asia Cup 2018 opener.
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Here are some of the best reactions:
The type of attitude, braveness and patriotism Tamim has shown on this match has won the tournament for me already ! And Mushi you’re a Pocket size Dynamite ! #TamimIqbal #MushifiqurRahim #asiacup2018 pic.twitter.com/rFwgrAE4gX— RoughSun (@djnissanbd) September 15, 2018
#TamimIqbal batted at No.11 nd continued playing wid 1 hand after he suffered fracture on his wrist@TamimOfficial28 I dun knw whether Ban will win this #AsiaCup2018 or not— Aparna (@AparnaPramanik4) September 15, 2018
But 1 thing is for sure
Today u hv won millions of ❤ nd respect
Kudos to your dedication Champ #BANvSL pic.twitter.com/iKe5QSmxy4
It's more than playing cricket when you serve your country with broken wrist.— Anjan Debnath (@sopnilanjan) September 15, 2018
It's called the level of dedication and respect towards country.
Feeling proud to be a bangldeshi..#TamimIqbal #Bangladesh pic.twitter.com/bjwI28ILWD
That is the greatest two 2* off 4 you will ever see! This match will be remembered for a long time, especially if Bangladesh win! Man cramping up at one end, other with a fracture. Bravery at its best. #BANvSL #TamimIqbal— Arindam (@arindam830) September 15, 2018
The Real Hero.— Yamin Hossen (@yaminhossen22) September 15, 2018
The Real Warrior Tamim ❤
And One Man Army Mushfiqur ❤#Never_Give_Up#BANvSL #AsiaCup #Tamim#TamimIqbal #Mushfiqur @TamimOfficial28 ❤@mushfiqur15 ❤#Tigers #Bangladesh pic.twitter.com/MsTemERa3B