Asia Cup 2018: Father's son, mother's pride - The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 17, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:09 PM, September 17, 2018

Father's son, mother's pride

As Tamim Iqbal walked onto the field in Dubai on Saturday to bat with a fractured wrist against Sri Lanka, a mother sat praying in front of a television set thousands of miles away.

Tamim's courage and patriotism were praised all over the world but very few know what Nusrat Khan Iqbal, the opener's mother, was going through in that moment when she saw her younger son stride out with bandages all over his hand.

It was a proud moment for every single Bangladeshi, but the amount of pride Nusrat felt is incomparable.

"Normally I don't watch TV when he bats and when I heard that he was injured and wouldn't be able to continue I was very upset. I started praying after that which I always do whenever he bats. Then I started watching the game again later on and saw him coming out to bat, even though a few minutes ago I had seen him sitting with his arm in a sling," an emotional Nusrat told The Daily Star yesterday.

"What he did yesterday [Saturday] is unbelievable and I never imagined that he would return to bat like that. He has been strong and brave since childhood but I was restless and started praying again. I was very scared when he went out to bat with a fractured hand. Only a mother will be able to realise what I went through in that moment."

The mother of two Test cricketers, Tamim and Nafees Iqbal, Nusrat became quite emotional as she described the situation, adding that everyone in the family shed tears after seeing what her son did.

"Everyone who was watching the game in our house had tears in their eyes and they were all emotional. We felt so proud that our boy was such a patriot that he didn't even bother about his well-being. I called him when they were returning to the hotel after the game and as usual he said to me, 'Ammu I am fine. Nothing happened to me so don't worry'. He never wants me to get worried in any situation," Nusrat continued.

"I would request everybody to pray for my son so that he will never get injured again and serve the nation in the future. Normally I fast every Thursday and Monday but I will fast tomorrow [today] as well. He has made us proud," Nusrat added with her voice breaking as she struggled to hold back tears.

Nafees, a proud elder brother, was also emotional while describing the moment and said Tamim's courage reminded him of his late father, Iqbal Khan.

"I was really upset as I saw Bangladesh lose nine wickets, but all of a sudden I heard the commentators say that Tamim was going to bat. I was taken aback and immediately texted someone in Dubai but he didn't reply. And when I saw Tamim at the crease with a glove on his broken hand, I was shocked. The way he defended the ball with a single hand despite a fresh injury was remarkable and at the same time he was also motivating Mushfiqur Rahim. I spoke to him after the game and all I wanted to know was how he was doing," Nafees told The Daily Star.

"I kept watching the video the whole day. Let me tell you a small story as I am remembering my father today and I am very emotional. My father was also like that. When he died, I was 15 and Tamim was around 11 years old. One of my father's legs was amputated for treatment near his last days and he had an artificial leg. I remember I had a first class game in Comilla nine days before my father passed away. He was a 49-year-old heart patient but still he came to watch his son's game. After seeing Tamim yesterday, I honestly remembered my father so vividly and felt that this boy is truly his father's son."

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