Bangladesh will play against England, Australia and New Zealand in the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy 2016. Unfortunately, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal doesn’t have much good record against these three teams. Of the 34 fifties he has so far smashed in One Day Internationals so far, only 6 of them were against these teams. And he has only one century against them out of his total 8 centuries. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ তামিম জিতলেই জিতবে বাংলাদেশ!]
So, this Champions Trophy is going to be a good stage for Tamim to prove a point that he is equally good againt each and every team in the world. And if he can do it, only then can the Tigers cut a good result in the second-most important ODI tournament in the world after the ICC Cricket World Cup.
There is no doubt Tamim is a real match winner for Bangladesh. Of the 42 matches where Tamim at least reached fifties, Bangladesh won 24 of them. That means Tamim’s contribution rate to Bangladesh’s success in 50-over formart is an impressive 57%, which is really amazing.
And for those who believe Tamim can not play with responsibility and lacks proper understanding with his teammates, they should digest this stat very clearly that Tamim is the player with most number of 100-plus partnerships for Bangladesh across formats. Tamim so far has been part of as many as 32 century partnerships in international cricket. Mushfiqur Rahim is close second with 31 to his name.
The good news for Bangladesh is that Tamim has been in very good form lately. Now there is a growing belief within the Bangladesh cricket fraternity that if Tamim wins, Bangladesh also win. And if Tamim can replicate his recent form in this Champions Trophy, then the entire Bangladesh team will emerge winner.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com