In-between the period of 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and May 10 of this year, Tamim Iqbal has the third best batting average among the openers to play in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
During this time, Tamim has scored 1190 runs in 24 matches at 56.33. There are only two batsmen who have been better than Tamim. One is Australia’s David Warner (65.48), while the other is New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (56.89).
Since the last World Cup down under, Tamim hit as many as 4 centuries in just 23 innings, while he had had another four to his name in previous 140 innings. These numbers show how matured Tamim has become in last two years, and how he has finally mastered the art of playing big innings on a consistent basis.
Tamim is also the key to Bangladesh’s success. Of the 23 innings Tamim has played, the Tigers have won 14 of them. And in those matches, Tamim’s average was 76.83, while in the other matches Tamim’s average was a mere 22.66.
So this is quite clear that Tamim Iqbal has become synonymous to Bangladesh’s success. If Bangladesh want to do well in the Champions Trophy, Tamim must step up. And the good news is that Tamim has maintained his good form of late, as he is going into the major event becoming Bangladesh’s highest run-scorer with 199 runs in the recently concluded Ireland tri-series.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com