Rajasthan Royals, an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, has taken a light-hearted dig at Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal for his retirement U-turn. Tamim initially announced his retirement from international cricket but reversed his decision after meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Seeing the funny side of the situation, Rajasthan Royals shared a meme on social media, humorously highlighting Tamim’s swift change of heart as one of the “fastest things” to happen in 2023.
The meme shared by the franchise featured various quick occurrences in cricket, including MS Dhoni’s stumping, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive innings in IPL 2023, and Mark Wood’s impressive spell in the ongoing Ashes 2023 Test series.
Fastest things in 2023 pic.twitter.com/uHh9zOUFHu
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 7, 2023
Tamim Iqbal acknowledged his meeting with the Prime Minister, stating that her advice and influence played a significant role in his decision to return to international cricket. He also mentioned the support and guidance of Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan and former captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Tamim expressed gratitude for the break given to him by the Prime Minister for his treatment and personal matters, and he confirmed his intention to return to the sport mentally refreshed.
The cricketer is expected to make his comeback during the Asia Cup and represent Bangladesh in the 2023 ODI World Cup, scheduled to be held in India in October. Bangladesh’s first match in the World Cup is against Afghanistan on October 7 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala.
Tamim Iqbal’s decision to reverse his retirement and his planned return to international cricket have created anticipation among fans and cricket enthusiasts. The lighthearted banter from Rajasthan Royals highlights the humorous side of Tamim’s retirement saga, adding a touch of fun to the cricketing world.