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'I Don’t Think..,' Tamim Iqbal Opposes Decision to Recall Ish Sodhi after a Run-Out

image-lmxm1az1Ish Sodhi hugging Hasan Mahmud. (X.com)

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has expressed his perspective on the decision to call back Ish Sodhi after he was run out at the non-striker's end during the second ODI against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday, September 23.

In the heat of the second ODI contest between Bangladesh and New Zealand, an intriguing incident unfolded. Bangladeshi skipper Litton Das, displaying exceptional sportsmanship, chose to recall Sodhi after the controversial run-out orchestrated by his young paceman Hasan Mahmud. This moment showcased the spirit of camaraderie that defines the game of cricket.

The incident unfolded during the third ball of the 46th over of New Zealand's innings. At this juncture, New Zealand was struggling at 224 for the loss of eight wickets, with Sodhi stationed at the non-striker's end, and Kiwi skipper Lockie Ferguson facing Mahmud's bowling for Bangladesh. 

In an unexpected turn of events, Sodhi left the crease before the ball was bowled, and Mahmud, exhibiting remarkable reflexes, dislodged the bails at the non-striker's end. The on-field umpire, Marais Erasmus, referred the decision to the third umpire, resulting in Sodhi being declared out.

Not happy with skipper Litton's decision, Tamim weighed in on the matter, stating, 

"I don't see anything wrong in it. The rule is there. If we get someone out, or one of us gets out in that manner, I don't think we should react the way people are reacting nowadays. I think it is a team decision. If it is a team decision that we will take wickets in this way, we will. If we don't want to take it, we will not try it. I don't think it looks good to bring back a batter after getting him out. Either we take it, or we don't do it."

Sodhi played a pivotal role in New Zealand's ultimate victory. He contributed significantly with both bat and ball, smashing three crucial sixes during his 35-run innings from 39 balls and delivering his best ODI bowling performance, claiming 6 wickets for just 39 runs. His all-round brilliance played a pivotal role in New Zealand's 86-run triumph.