Bangladesh's all-time leading run-scorer Tamim Iqbal has named Ravi Ashwin as one of the toughest bowlers has faced in international cricket. He also heaped praise on former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal and retired South African pacer Morne Morkel.
Ashwin dismisses Tamim four times in international cricket – once each in T20s and ODIs and two times in the Test matches. The former Chennai Super Kings off-spinner may not play the limited-overs game for the Indian team but he is a central figure in the test matches.
Tamim also applauded Saed Ajmal and admitted that he was very difficult to pick when he was at the height of his powers. He also highlighted Morkel‘s ability to generate bounce even on the spin-friendly pitches due to his height.
“First I would talk about Saeed Ajmal. When he was at his prime, I couldn’t read his deliveries. I had plenty of troubles while playing him,” Tamim was quoted as saying in an interview with Daily Star.
“South Africa’s Morne Morkel was tough to face. Another one is Ravichandran Ashwin, who is one of the current players. Even he is difficult to read. I would like to take the names of these three cricketers as they are quality bowlers,” the 31-year-old added.
Tamim was recently appointed as the captain of the ODI team. He is their reading scorer in world cricket having amassed over 13,000 runs at an average of 35.11 and has 23 centuries and 81 half-centuries. He had the worst phase of his career in 2019 and took a break from cricket, but he came back with flying colours and scored an unbeaten 334 in a first-class game.
In a recent interview, shortly after named as the ODI captain of the team, Tamim named premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the best cricketer in his country.
“Anyone would want a player like Shakib. Any captain will want him in the team because he has got such a class. However, there is still a lot of time left. October is still far away.”
Shakib is currently serving a two-year ban for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.