Bangladesh news October 14, 2010

Tamim named Wisden Cricketer Test Player of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's talismanic opener, has been named Test Player of the Year by the Wisden Cricketer magazine.

On the day his team-mates recorded Bangladesh's first series win against top-flight opposition - by beating New Zealand - Tamim beat contenders Graeme Swann and Virender Sehwag, who came second and third.

During the qualifying period Tamim made 837 runs at 59.78 in seven Tests, despite his team failing to win a single Test during the year. He made 151 against India at Dhaka back in January but the highlight of the year was a pair of hundreds at Lord's and Old Trafford against a potent England attack in May and June. "The century against England at Lord's is a special one," he told PTI, "but I consider my innings at Old Trafford as a better effort."

Tamim said the aggressive batting of Sehwag was an inspiration. "When I first came into scene, I wasn't doing badly in the one-dayers but in Test cricket, I used to be caught in two minds. Whether to attack or defend and more importantly when to attack," he said. "Sehwag is one batsman who changed the grammar of batting as far as Test openers are concerned. After a certain point of time, I decided that I will play my natural game just like Sehwag does. That is to dominate the bowlers and fortunately I have been successful in my endeavour."

The award is calculated by the marks out of 10 that the Wisden Cricketer's reporters give each player at every Test and is the second successive time a Bangladesh player has won the award after Shakib Al Hasan won last year.

Tamim is currently recovering from surgery on his wrist that had ruled him out of the New Zealand series.

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  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    well well well guys claim down ...its just cricket...anyways congrats to tamim

  • Enamul on October 20, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    @Arpit Parakh : You have shown us when beggar become rich how they act!!!lol!! I hope india's test no 1 position is for life time. but jealousy n showing others narrow does not show ur gentle face. If u dont know Tamin iqbal should get updated first and then comment. "A Little learning is a dangerous thing"" did u know this proverb or not ??????????

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    And Arpit Parakh, we bangladeshis don't show animosity, it's YOU who started it all by making that derisive comment. Mr Tadayo got 1 thing ryt, i don't think an aussie wuld ever mind a nzealand playr getting an award, nd indeed wuld b happy, becos dey're neighbours, but here u are, u and sum indians, makin rude cmnts instead of congratulating us, ur neighbours, saying u've nvr heard of tamim( evry genuine cricket lover has heard of tamim, so i'm concluding u don't watch cricket AT ALL), nd mocking us by saying dis is da only tym our cricket gets attention(we got far mor attention in 2007 wc beating india nd SA, nd recently we've whitewashd NZ). nd no, giving tamim dis award isn't lyk givin candies to kids, cos dis award was voted by ppl who know cricket far more than u do, and tamim deserved this for playing well in hostile conditions like england. (i don't think india has played any test outside subcontinent this year yet, have dey?) We're not mean and narrow minded like u, mr parakh

  • Rizwan on October 20, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    for a long time I've admired Indian cricket team. However seeing the attitude of Indian fans here that feeling's waning...

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Insha Allah............Tamim

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    How good neighbours we bangladeshis have! For bilateral series, we've toured sri lanka, pakistan, england, south africa, new zealand, even Australia! But why were we never invited to tour india to play bilateral series??? Bangladesh has never played a single test in india, (though we've welcomed india and they've toured bangladesh more than once). That's how good and appreciative a neighbour we bangladeshis have! A neighbour who's never invited us(though we've invited THEM), and a neighbour who makes snide remarks of our cricket when our player achieves an award, and says this is 'utter nonsense...look what cricket has come to.....never heard of this bloke'. Wow, we bangladeshis really are very lucky!

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    @ Arpith- if you haven't heard of this bloke you are probably not a cricket fan, merely another Indian fan/Indian Cricket fan.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    India Bangladesh Pakistan again- why can't you tolerate each other guys? We have no problem with our neighbor across the Tasman sea.

    One more thing- one Bangladesh player has been honored by the most recognized/respected cricket magazine of all time. But instead of being happy and jubilant about it- You guys are throwing stuff at each other. I would probably be happy if a New Zealander gets an award because they are our neighbor.

    One more thing to add- no one from other countries are firing up here. Now I realize how Englishmen rule your country for more than 200 years. No unity, no tolerance, no respect to each other. One should only be ashamed of such behavior.

    Or lets just put this in the Englishmen's word- "DIVIDE and RULE". Cheers

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Dis whole debate started with mr Arpit Parakh's comment(the 2nd comment from the bottom). Mr Parakh comment startd lyk dis: "Utter nonsense in my opinion.....look what cricket has come to...never even heard of this bloke..". So, mr Parakh, do u except tamim's fans 2 bhave nicely with u wen u giv cmnts wit such utter disrespectfulness? nd u say u've nevr heard of tamim. Dat's weird, cos tamim's perfrmance was critical in bangladesh' s win ovr india in WC 2007. So either u wer delibertely lying wen u said u havn't heard of tamim, or u truly watch so litle cricket, u havn't heard of such a talent(but u mention tamim's 151 against india in later cmnt, so i don't kno wat u are tryin 2 say). nyway, u say tamim's 151 against india, and quick fire 50s against england, his almost run-a ball 100s agnst england in england mean nothing? His almost 60 run avg in 8 tests wit a great strike rate mean nothin? Den WHAT does, mr parakh. R u sayin u hve to b tendulkar, sehwag, watson 2 gt dis award?

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    pakistani players shud learn from these young, spirited, *HONEST* "brothers" of ours. had bangladesh been a part of pakistan, pcb wud not have picked a single bangla guy even in A team. [like they ignore 2 provinces out of 4-]

    i hope inshAllah soon bangladesh wud come out to be one of the top teams, and threaten the best in the world.

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