Bangladesh were dealt a huge blow when opener Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2018 after fracturing his left wrist during the tournament opener against Sri Lanka in Dubai on Saturday. Iqbal, however, surprised everyone by returning to the crease at the fall of Bangladesh's ninth wicket in the 47th over, to give company to centurion Mushfiqur Rahim, who almost single-handedly guided the side to a fighting 261 with his highest ODI score of 144. Awestruck by Iqbal's unbelievable courage, cricket fans from all over the world took to Twitter and heaped praises on the injured player.
Here are some of the best tweets
Tamim Iqbal walked in at No. 11 and batted with one hand after suffering a fracture on his left wrist. WOW! Amazing courage shown by the Peshawar Zalmi opener. Brave! pic.twitter.com/pgkFCYYl7r— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) September 15, 2018
Graeme Smith did it before. Today it was Tamim Iqbal pic.twitter.com/ckC4Q22YOv— Abhishek #408 (@ImAbhishek7_) September 15, 2018
Huge respect for @TamimOfficial28— UnstupidMe (@2eyedman) September 15, 2018
Playing for your country amd batting with just one hand after wrist fracture!
You are a hero, Sir.
Love for cricket, Love for your country! #BANvSL #TamimIqbal #AsiaCup2018 #respect #Hero
No matter what he does from here, that one ball Tamim Iqbal played single handedly on return will define him. #BANvSL— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) September 15, 2018
Iqbal, who suffered the injury in the second over of Bangladesh's innings, is likely to be out of action for at least six weeks.
"We took him to the hospital only because it was a serious injury, and not just mere bruising," Minajul Abedin, the Bangladesh chief selector was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.
"He was in some pain obviously and it wouldn't have been prudent to continue batting."
Iqbal was hit on his left wrist while attempting a pull against Suranga Lakmal in the second over and was taken to the hospital, where scans revealed a crack on the outside of his index finger.
Eventually, Iqbal's heroics paid off as Bangladesh bowled out Sri Lanka for 124 in 35.2 overs to win the tournament opener by 137 runs.