India’s journey of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup is considered as a dark chapter in its cricket history. India’s loss against Bangladesh in Port of Spain affected India’s chances of progressing further than the group stage. The Rahul Dravid-led Men in blue didn’t perform well with the bat as Bangladesh comfortably chased down the total. Recently, Tamim Iqbal recalled the historic match and his memories of the same during video podcast by ESPNCricinfo
Recalling the match, Bangladesh opener revealed how happy he felt to just play against his childhood heroes who were in the Indian team. Speaking with Sanjay Manjrekar, Tamim Iqbal said, “The moment I was playing the World Cup 2007 match against India, I was too busy watching Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Sourav Ganguly. I was just watching them. I was too happy to be playing in the presence of these legends.”
Bangladesh’s left-handed batsman recalls one of the fondest memories of the match. He remembers walking up to the crease and playing India’s fast bowlers in Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.
“When they scored 190, we knew we had a chance. I went to bat and I faced Zaheer Khan. I thought to myself will I be able to face a bowler who bowls at 140 kph; the first ball he bowled, somehow I managed to defend that; next ball I smashed for four and from there I got some confidence,” Tamim recalled.
Iqbal concludes with, “I was just too happy playing against my heroes; the win against India in the 2007 World Cup was a great thing for Bangladesh cricket; it was great for both players and fans, the win gave hope to our people that our team can do something.”