‘Hope you have a great day’ – Wasim Jaffer showers love and affection on birthday-boy Tamim Iqbal

Both Jaffer and Tamim's contribution to Bangladesh cricket have been immense.

Tamim Iqbal and Wasim Jaffer
Tamim Iqbal and Wasim Jaffer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Tamim Iqbal, the stylish left-handed batsman, has turned 31 years old and is already being deemed as one of Bangladesh’s greatest batsman. In the ODI and T20I format, he is the all-time leading run-scorer for the Tigers. He was also his national team’s highest run-getter in Test cricket, but Mushfiqur Rahim surpassed him during the Test against Zimbabwe earlier this year in Dhaka.

In the last one year or so, he has had to face poor form and injury concerns. The same has slowed him down a wee bit, but bearing in mind his quality, he is speculated to break quite a few records. Recently, the southpaw notched the highest score in Bangladesh’s first-class cricket. He racked up an unbeaten 334 runs, playing for the East Zone against Central Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League.


Tamim Iqbal weaving magic

In the recent ODI series versus Zimbabwe, the Chittagong-born Tamim had scores of 158 and 128* at the Sylhet International Stadium. In the meantime, on his birthday, he got wishes from Indian domestic batting stalwart Wasim Jaffer. The latter was appointed as Bangladesh’s batting consultant back in July 2019 and has done a commendable job until now.

Jaffer wished Tamim on the auspicious occasion. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Happy Birthday @TamimOfficial28 Hope you have great day and a year filled with lots of runs and success,”

Here is Jaffer’s tweet

The Bangladesh U19 team recently won the World Cup in South Africa, beating India in the final at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Quite a few of the young boys trained under Jaffer, who also passed his tips to skipper Akbar Ali, who showed great composure in the all-important final.

“He was very proactive while India were batting and led the team very well in this final. Akbar has also led Bangladesh’s U-14 and U-16 teams. He has, in fact, spent a lot of time captaining these teams. His astuteness actually stood out,” Jaffer told.

Jaffer recently hung his boots from all forms of cricket. Though his career for Team India hardly flourished, he stamped his authority in India’s domestic circuit. He played for Mumbai for quite a few seasons before moving to Vidarbha at the fag end of his glorious career.