B`desh yet to play its best cricket in WC: Tamim

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 17:14 PM IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh might have come within sniffing distance of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup but aggressive opener Tamim Iqbal feels the Tigers are yet to play their best cricket in the tournament.

Bangladesh have six points from five matches and will will qualify for the knock-out rounds of the tournament if the West Indies beat England in Chennai today irrespective.

However if England win, the Tigers will have to score an upset victory over formidable South Africa in their concluding Group B match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Saturday to make it to the last eight stage.

"We have not played our best cricket yet. We can do better than that and we will try to do that against South Africa," Tamim told reporters here.

"If we can make the quarter-finals, it will be great because that was the team`s target before the tournament," he added.

Bangladesh have so far defeated England and the two associate nations -- the Netherlands and Ireland -- to occupy the fourth position just ahead of England.

They lost to title favourites India in the tournament-opener and then crashed to their lowest one-day total of 58 against the West Indies.

"Even if we don`t play the quarter-finals, it will not take anything away from us. Our aim was to win at least three matches and we have already achieved that target. If we can get one more that will be fantastic," the aggressive left-hander said.

On the team`s morale, Tamim said, "It is not that the morale is at an all-time high. But there is a good feeling among the boys and there is a good environment at the moment.”

"Everyone is wanting to do well and training very hard and trying to improve."

On his own form in the tournament, Tamim, who scored a 70 against India in the opening match, said, "I have scored 70 and two innings of around 40. Three years back everyone would have been happy with that. But I have raised my own standards, so you now see my 40s as a failure."

"People keep telling me that I have not scored a century in the World Cup. I dream of a hundred even in my sleep. I am sure you will see it soon," added Tamim, who has played 94 ODIs, scoring 2,792 runs at a strike rate of 79.90.

Apart from that 70, Tamim has scored 44, 0, 38 and 0 in Bangladesh`s last four league matches.

PTI