Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh
Age
March 20, 1989 (32 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Chittagong
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
Bangladesh
Bowling Style
Off break

Tamim Iqbal’s career skyrocketed when the Bangladesh selectors picked the then 18-year-old left-handed batsman to represent the country in the 2007 ODI World Cup. He had a sensational start to his international career after he had scored 51 from 53 balls to help Bangladesh beat India in the group stage of the competition. Since then, Iqbal has become a sporting legend, with centuries scored in all three formats of the game.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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-
-
Bowling
-
-
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Team played

Bangladesh, Asia XI, ICC World XI, Bangladesh A, Chittagong Division, Essex, Nottinghamshire, Rest of the World, Wellington, Bangladesh Under-19, Pune Warriors India, Chattogram Challengers, Duronto Rajshahi, Wayamba United, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Bangladesh East Zone, St Lucia Zouks, Brothers Union, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Abahani Limited, Mohammedan Sporting Club, UCB-BCB Eleven, Legends of Rupganj, Dhaka Platoon, Cumilla Warriors, Peshawar Zalmi, World XI, Pakhtoons, Tamim XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
225
221
9
7767
158
36.64
9904
78.42
14
56
843
98
T20I
76
76
5
1654
103*
23.3
1416
116.81
1
6
177
43
Test
63
117
3
4634
206
40.65
8103
57.19
9
30
584
38
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
225
2
6
13
0
-
13
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
76
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
63
5
30
20
0
-
4
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

After scoring 53 and 84 in his debut Test against New Zealand at Dunedin in the 2007 – 2008 season, there was no looking back. In 2009, Tamim Iqbal got his first Test hundred against the West Indies, helping Bangladesh to a historic first win against the West Indies in Tests. Tamim was his side’s top run-getter in the series which Bangladesh won 2-0.  At this stage, Iqbal became very consistent, scoring at an average of 50 against India and England later in the season. In the second Test at Dhaka played against India, the left-hander scored 151. In May 2010, during Bangladesh’s tour of England, Iqbal scored centuries in both Test matches played between the sides, and was named by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack the Cricketer of the Year in 2011. As a result of 837 runs scored in seven Tests at a brilliant average of 59.78, Tamim was named by Wisden the Test Player of the year with Smith and Sehwag following him on the list. Later that year, Tamim became one of the top six players featuring in the BCB’s central contracts. In June 2011, Tamim signed a deal with Nottinghamshire to become the second Bangladesh player after Shakib Hasan to play county cricket in England.

Iqbal experienced a century-drought for the next four years. When Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in the 2014 – 2015 season, Tamim had two identical scores of 109 to get back to his high-scoring performance. In the very next Test series, when Pakistan toured Bangladesh, he registered his first double-century in Tests. When Bangladesh toured New Zealand in the 2018 – 2019 season, Tamim demonstrated exceptional consistency with scores of 126, 74 and 74, ending with an aggregate of 278 runs at an average of 69.50. In 60 Test matches, Tamim Iqbal has scored 4405 runs at an average of 38.64, with 9 centuries and 27 fifties, including the highest score of 206.

ODI Career

With a rather quiet start to his ODI career in the 2006 – 2007 season, when Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe, Tamim began to grow as a player only after his sensational knock against India in the 2007 World Cup. A year later, he had his first ODI century when Ireland toured Bangladesh. In the 2011 World Cup, where the Bangladesh opener was Shakib Hasan’s vice-captain, India were again at the receiving end of Tamim’s bat when the opener scored a brilliant 70, however, in a losing cause. In the following match against Ireland, he scored 44 off 43 balls and took a catch. Other good innings in that World Cup included 44 against Ireland and 38 against England, with Bangladesh winning both games. Tamim used the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh in 2012 to prove that he was a big match player, getting four consecutive fifties in a competition the hosts lost by just 2 runs in the final against Pakistan. In March 2013, Tamim scored 112 off 136 balls against Sri Lanka, becoming the first Bangladeshi to record an ODI hundred against Sri Lanka. After a relatively mediocre 2015 World Cup, Tamim was back among the run-scorers against the visiting Pakistan team. He scored an aggregate of 312 runs in three matches, including knocks of 132, 116 not out and 64, at a mammoth average of 156. The back-to-back match-winning hundreds helped Bangladesh to register their first win in an ODI series against Pakistan with Tamim becoming the Man of the Series. This was followed by Bangladesh’s first-ever series win against India as well as a series win against South Africa, with Tamim playing a key role in both.

Another great series in the 2016 – 2017 season came against the visiting Afghanistan team when Tamim registered scores of 118 and 80 in three matches played, at an average of 72.66. A little-known fact, Tamim had an injury at the time in the form of a fracture of his little finger. However, he did not allow the injury to interfere with his batting brilliance.

Later in the same season, Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka and Tamim reminded the hosts of his previous visit with a brilliant innings of 127. During that series, he became the first Bangladesh player to record 10,000 international runs. In four of the next five ODI series he participated in, the Bangladesh opener recorded averages in excess of 60. In a tri-series in Ireland in 2017, Tamim registered a couple of ODI fifties, ominously announcing his perfect form ahead of the ICC Champions League. As it transpired, Tamim was a brilliant success in that tournament, scoring 293 in four matches, with scores of 128, 95 and 70 and an average of 72.50. After scoring 128 off 142 balls against England, Tamim put Australia’s bowlers to the sword with 95 off 114 balls. He topped off his tournament performance with 70 off 82 balls against India in the semi-finals.

In the Tri-Nation series featuring Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, in the 2017 – 2018 season, Tamim was again at his consistent best, with scores of 84 not out, 84 and 76 embellishing his aggregate of 254 scored at an average of 63. In the process, Tamim became the first Bangladesh batsman to score 6,000 ODI runs. He also broke Jayasuriya’s record for most runs at a single venue by reaching an aggregate of 2514 runs at the Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka. Then came a couple of brilliant series against the West Indies. Touring the West Indies in 2018, Tamim garnered 287 runs in three matches with innings of 130 not out, 103, and 54 at an average of 143.50. He was named Man of the Series for the fourth time, the second-highest number for a Bangladesh player, next only Shakib Hasan.

When the West Indies visited Bangladesh a few months later, things were not much different. This time Tamim demolished the West Indian bowlers with an aggregate of 143 runs at an average of 71.50, including innings of 81 not out and 50. Arguably, Tamim’s best ODI series came in the 2019 – 2020 season when Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh. In three matches, the opener managed to score 310 runs at an average of 155, including innings of 158 not out (his highest in ODIs) and 128 not out. During the latter innings, Tamim was involved with Litton Das in a partnership of 292 runs for the first wicket, setting a Bangladesh ODI record for the partnership with the highest number of runs scored for any wicket. In July 2019, Tamim took over as ODI captain after Moshrafe Mortaza had suffered a hamstring injury. Later in March 2020, Tamim became the permanent ODI captain of Bangladesh. In the total of 207 ODIs, Tamim Iqbal has scored 7202 runs at an average of 36.74 with 13 centuries and 47 fifties, including the highest score of 158.

T20I Career

After a rather modest start to his T20I career against Kenya in the 2007 – 2008 season, Tamim became more consistent by the end of the season, regularly scoring in excess of 20 runs. He had a particularly good form in 2013 when he scored 39 to help Bangladesh beat Ireland and followed it up with scores of 26 against Scotland as well as 69 not out and 50 against the Netherlands. Three matches later, he played one of his finest T20I innings of 88 not out against the visiting West Indies team, though the innings could not prevent the visitors from winning.

In the T20 World Cup held in India in the 2015 – 2016 season, Tamim began brilliantly with an innings of 83 not out against the Netherlands following it up with successive innings of 47, 103 not out, 24 and 35 against Ireland, Oman, Pakistan and India respectively. In the Nidahas Trophy competition hosted by Sri Lanka in the 2017 – 2018 season, Tamim made scores of 47 and 50 to help Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to enter the final. Tamim demonstrated great form in three matches he played during the 2019 – 2020 season. After scoring 39 and 65 against Pakistan in Lahore, Tamim signed off with 41 against Zimbabwe, helping Bangladesh win the last game before the pandemic lockdowns came into effect. In 78 T20Is, Tamim Iqbal has scored 1758 runs at an average of 24.08 with the highest score of 103 not out. Apart from one hundred, he also has seven fifties to his credit.

Tamim Iqbal’s IPL Career

In 2012, Tamim signed a contract with Pune Warriors to play in the Indian Premier League. However, he did not feature in any matches that season. Incidentally, in 2012, the BCB founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League, a twenty20 tournament on the lines of the IPL.  Tamim was made the ‘icon player’ for Chittagong Kings.

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