Tamim ransacks record book with 158
Tamim Iqbal, after hogging headlines prior the the game owing to his poor form, has finally ended his century drought during the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, as the left-hander smacked 158 off 136 balls to help his side post 322 for eight.
And with this innings, Tamim not only became the first batsman to score a 150+ innings in ODIs, but also surpassed his own record of playing highest individual knock for Bangladesh in the 50-over format.
Tamim’s first century in nearly two years beat the 154 runs he scored against the same opponents in 2009, as Bangladesh also improved their highest total against Zimbabwe — made just two days ago — by a run.
However, this was not the only feats Tamim achieved today. On his way to the 12th century in ODIs and 22nd in international cricket, Tamim reached 7,000 runs in ODIs as the first Bangladeshi batsman.
He achieved this milestone in 204 innings, fewer than batsmen like Adam Gilchrist, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Eoin Morgan, Herschelle Gibbs, Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Stephen Fleming, Sanath Jayasuriya and Steve Waugh.
22 international centuries by Tamim means he now has more three-digit scores in international cricket than the legend, Sir Viv Richards (21).
Tamim went past 1,500 fours in international cricket as well. Shakib Al Hasan is on the second position in this as he has 1,212 fours in international cricket.
Tamim had come into the game surrounded with widespread criticism for his approach in limited-over cricket, as his strike rate against the white ball was being discussed widely. But he ended today’s innings on a strike rate of 116.17, when he was dismissed with just a little over four overs left in the innings.
In today’s innings, Tamim also went past Chris Gayle, for he became the highest run-getter against Zimbabwe. While Gayle had a tally of 1,549 runs against the African nation, Tamim now has 1,556 runs to his credit.
In this innings, Tamim clobbered as many as 20 fours apart from smashing three sixes. This is yet another record of hitting most number of fours in an ODI innings by a Bangladeshi batsman; the previous record of hitting 17 fours was shared between Tamim and Shahriar Nafees.