Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal missed out a Champions Trophy record by only 5 runs. He fell only five runs short from smashing the second consecutive century in the tournament.
Had the opener been able to score a hundred against Australia in the rain interrupted match, he would have been only eighth cricketer to score back to back centuries in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Earlier in the ICC Champions Trophy 2000, former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar and Indian batting legend Sourav Ganguly hit back to back centuries while South Africa’s Harchell Gibs also did the same in 2002.
Other cricketers in the list are Upul Tharanga (2006), Chris Gayle (2006), Shane Watson (2009) and Shikhar Dhawan (2013) respectively.
On the other hand, Tamim missed an opportunity to score an ODI century as the only second Bangladeshi player. Previously, Mohammad Ashraful who is currently out of international cricket, smashed a match winning century against Australia back in 2005. Since then no Bangladeshi batsman have ever been so closer to a century against the Aussies as Tamim Iqbal’s 95-run knock.
Watch Tamim Iqbal’s 95-run knock here-
-Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com