Tamim’s purple patch since 2015 CWC, England love

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Tamim's purple patch since 2015 CWC, England love

Tamim Iqbal has been one of the finest batsmen since the 2015 World Cup. He is one of the most consistent batsmen since that time.

The 28-year-old scored a fabulous century against England to get the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 start off. It was his ninth ODI century. He scored 128 runs off 142 balls including 12 fours and 3 sixes. It is his joint-longest innings in ODIs.

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Till March 2015, Tamim had 4125 runs in 140 ODI innings at an average of 29.67. He had only four centuries to his name. Since the Word Cup, he changed a lot. He aggregated 1453 runs in 28 innings which is the tenth-most by any from April 2015. His average in this time is 58.12.

While whole Bangladesh team except Tamim have four centuries since the World Cup, Tamim himself has made five. He is one of nine batsmen to score five or more hundreds in ODIs from April 2015.

His century against England overnight was his fifth against them in international cricket. He has three Test centuries against the Three Lions and two ODI tons. His first ODI hundred against England came in 2010 in Dhaka. Then, he scored back-to-back centuries in Manchester and Lord’s Tests. Last year in Dhaka Test, he scored 104 against England.

All other Bangladeshi batsmen collectively have three hundreds against England across all formats. Junaid Siddique (Test), Mahmudullah Riyad (ODI) and Imrul Kayes (ODI) have tons against England.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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