The first Test against Australia on August 27 in Dhaka will be Tamim’s 50th Test as well as Shakib’s. The southpaw opener wants to make it remember for a long time.
“I don’t have much excitement. 50th Test is a special moment. I will look to make it memorable by my personal performance or team’s performance,” he said.
“To be honest, I didn’t have any numbers on my mind during my debut. I didn’t set any number of matches that I would play. I just had the one thing on my mind when I started playing Test cricket, to play as long as possible for Bangladesh. That was my target.
“There was a point when I doubted whether I would be able to play 50 Tests or not. Now are playing more Tests than before. It will be easy for the the newcomers, who will make debut, to set a number.
“It’s a nice achievement that me and Shakib are going to reach the landmark of 50 Tests. If there aren’t any memorable performances to mark this landmark then it would just be a number at the end of the day.”
Tamim made his debut against New Zealand in Dunedin in 2008. Since then, he has represented Bangladesh in 49 Tests. He has scored 3677 runs at 39.53 with 22 half-centuries and nine centuries. He is currently the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in Tests.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com