England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 4th day May 30, 2010

Tamim paints a piece of history

The Bangladesh opener etched his name in Lord's folklore with a flamboyant innings
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Tamim Iqbal is a cricketer with a keen eye on his place in history, and on the fourth day of the Lord's Test he painted himself a memory so vivid that it may well be hanging on the walls of the Long Room by the time Bangladesh return for their next Test at this venue in ten years' time. In 94 deliveries of sublime audacity, he hurtled along to the hundred that he has been threatening in each and every one of the six Test innings he has played against England this year, and in so doing, inspired his young side to resist the inevitable on a wonderfully unexpected day of Test cricket.

A late wave of wickets redressed the balance significantly, and meant that - come Monday's fifth day - England will expect to be chasing down a stiff but attainable fourth-innings target, just as they did in a very similar scenario in Dhaka two months ago. But thanks to Tamim's bravado, and the surge of confidence with which his colleagues went about their day's work, nothing can be predicted with any certainty. England expected to boss this contest, but despite enforcing the follow-on, they have still been outplayed in two of the three full day's play.

At no stage of the match, however, have England been so devoid of answers as they were during Tamim's glorious gallop to his third Test hundred. A wrist injury might well have curtailed his series before it had started, but instead he shrugged off the pain and inconvenience to batter England's bowlers with a disdain that his fellow countrymen will happily claim as payback.

The savage strokeplay brought to mind Virender Sehwag, while a tip-toes pull through midwicket would have graced the scrapbook of Brian Lara, no less. But Tamim's greatest strength is his desire to be his own man, and on his watch, Bangladesh are emerging from their early years of timidity, and rapidly becoming an outfit that commands respect - not least from England, whom Tamim has now cracked for five fifty-plus scores in six Test innings, not to mention his wonderful solo century in the first ODI in Dhaka back in February.

"That's the way I know to play cricket," said Tamim. "I've always said that if I score while playing this way, that's great, but if I don't, that's fine with me, because I'm playing my natural game, and I'm very happy with the way I'm going. The balls I hit for four were in my zone and the balls I missed weren't. You need to survive the good balls and hit the bad balls, and for me, it was all about putting my name on the board."

All year long, England have had little or no idea of how to contain Tamim's force-of-nature approach, and have only been able to dislodge him through accidents (such as an erroneous caught-behind decision in Dhaka and a direct-hit run-out in the first innings at Lord's) or inspiration (two of the best deliveries of the winter, from Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann, ended his onslaughts in the Chittagong Test). Their default tactic has been containment against a team whom they believe, with some justification, lack patience. But in Tamim's case, his impetuosity is a virtue, because he has the talent to sustain his onslaughts. "That's the way he's chosen to play, and good on him," was the dry reaction of England's coach, Andy Flower. "He's got away with it so far."

It remains to be seen where exactly the events of the fourth day leave Bangladesh's development as a Test team, because as they've shown in 57 of their 66 completed contests to date, their track record for lasting the distance in five-day cricket is abysmal, and in fact, they've only managed two non-rain-affected draws in a decade. But so far in this match, they have looked like turning a very significant corner, because they have fought back from grim positions not once, but twice already - if this were a tennis match, the current score might be 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 ... and what happens in the fifth set all comes down to stamina.

"In Bangladesh, every supporter wants us to win all matches, whether it's against Australia or Zimbabwe," said Tamim. "I think we are improving in many ways, but we are just not winning. But as I've always said, if you start a chocolate company, you can't compete with Cadburys in the first ten years, because it's a big company. It will take time to be like them. Likewise, I can't compete with Sachin Tendulkar in one day, after getting one century. I'll need to work very, very hard to get close to what he has achieved.

The Lord's factor cannot be underestimated as the match heads towards its denouement. Although the advent of early-season Tests redressed the balance at the start of the 2000s, with juicy wickets derailing a succession of under-prepared opponents, England's overall record at their headquarters is pretty dire - just ask Australia, who hadn't lost at the ground for 75 years until their nerves got the better of them last summer.

Visiting sides invariably raise their game when confronted with the weight of history on display, and Bangladesh's battling effort in this match brings to mind the performance of Sidath Wettimuny and Duleep Mendis on Sri Lanka's first visit back in 1984. And more recently, in 2006, the Sri Lankans again provided the template for a great escape, as they batted England to a standstill after following-on, in a match that is memorable for the destruction of Andrew Flintoff's ankle in a futile 50-over spell.

"It would be a good achievement to draw this match, because we had to follow on and then we came back like this," said Tamim. "Three wickets in the day would have been perfect for us, but then we lost Shahadat and Ash [Mohammad Ashraful]. But Junaid and Shakib are still in the middle and very capable, and Mushy [Mushfiqur Rahim] and Riyad [Mahmudullah] just made a Test century. They are very capable. If they can make a good partnership and the others chip in, it's a good chance to draw this Test."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • Shantunu07 on June 1, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Congratulation Tamim!!! We are proud of you....&..... You are the real tiger of Bangladersh..!!!!!

  • asadkum on May 31, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA........ Congrad !! Tamim........Good century under pressure..... I know its a matter of excitement !! when it comes at Lords..... We Bangladeshis do expect much more long long...innings from you.... Go ahead....

  • Zahidsaltin on May 31, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    emergence of Tamim and some other batsmen has taken BANGLADESH to a step further up in their plans but they still need to learn that fifties have to be converted to centuries and the rare centuries have to be converted to big big centuries. They need a solid, big scorer no. 5 & 6 and then the biggest need is to find a couple of good fast bowlers. Bowlling is very weak.

  • on May 31, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Maybe Pakistan and India should send their batsmen to Bangladesh to learn how to play on English wickets :D.

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    i think tamim is the talent bangladesh has been looking for

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    wow!!!!what a batsman.real talent for Bangladesh cricket

  • Veeray on May 31, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Staraus & co:-"Watch out for Tamim."Tamim has made ur bowlers feel helples..

  • Murad1907 on May 31, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    wo proud of you tamim. we want you play like that. break all records.

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    He is future BRAIN LARA for Bangladesh... Keep it up

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on May 31, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    ICC, Why we can't play much test cricket in future?? Is that the way to spread cricket worldwide?? Stupid!

  • Shantunu07 on June 1, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Congratulation Tamim!!! We are proud of you....&..... You are the real tiger of Bangladersh..!!!!!

  • asadkum on May 31, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA........ Congrad !! Tamim........Good century under pressure..... I know its a matter of excitement !! when it comes at Lords..... We Bangladeshis do expect much more long long...innings from you.... Go ahead....

  • Zahidsaltin on May 31, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    emergence of Tamim and some other batsmen has taken BANGLADESH to a step further up in their plans but they still need to learn that fifties have to be converted to centuries and the rare centuries have to be converted to big big centuries. They need a solid, big scorer no. 5 & 6 and then the biggest need is to find a couple of good fast bowlers. Bowlling is very weak.

  • on May 31, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Maybe Pakistan and India should send their batsmen to Bangladesh to learn how to play on English wickets :D.

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    i think tamim is the talent bangladesh has been looking for

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    wow!!!!what a batsman.real talent for Bangladesh cricket

  • Veeray on May 31, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Staraus & co:-"Watch out for Tamim."Tamim has made ur bowlers feel helples..

  • Murad1907 on May 31, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    wo proud of you tamim. we want you play like that. break all records.

  • on May 31, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    He is future BRAIN LARA for Bangladesh... Keep it up

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on May 31, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    ICC, Why we can't play much test cricket in future?? Is that the way to spread cricket worldwide?? Stupid!

  • boris6491 on May 31, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Truly outstanding. This man is such an incredible talent and I think the only reason he is not given the adultation he deserves is because he plays for a minnow side. He has bullied even the best and to score a hundred at Lords is no mean feat for anyone let alone a Bangladeshi carrying the hopes of his team. Andy Flower's declaration of his bowlers being 'rusty' I think seemed to be an excuse. Fact remains, they were outplayed and should not be rusty. On this occasion, the batsman was too good and deserves full credit. Congratulations to Tamim and hope to see some more entertainment from him.

  • OldRegret on May 31, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    The headline suggests the author was aware of the 'picture' Tamim painted on his name on the Lord's honour roll. Sadly, he neglected to explain what Tamim did on reaching three figures in the body text of this article. Sloppy. Again.

  • Robin_BD on May 31, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Tamim we are proud of you!Just loved your aggression,Boy!!,Imrul and Jahurul also played well.Now expecting a century from Junaid.The day is not too far when will be considered as a giant in test Cricket. Go tigers,Go.

  • Robin_BD on May 31, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Tamim we are proud of you!Just loved your aggression,Boy!!,Imrul and Jahurul also played well.Now expecting a century from Junaid.The day is not too far when will be considered as a giant in test Cricket. Go tigers,Go.

  • googletalk on May 31, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    I actually have read Tamim's reaction regarding Boycott's comments, apart from his determination of answering him with bat, Tamim also expressed his admiration for him aswell. This is how Boycott read the game, I wouldn't mind receiving end of some banter it comes from Boycott. He is not hesitant in saying what he is believing in, if its about Bangladesh cricket, or any other big name cricketer from big team.

    As Tamim expressed his interest, I am voicing the same, it would be lovely if Boycott shows himself up into Bangladeshi dressing room and deliver few batting tips to them. Our aggressive intents are ever visible, but lacks defensive skills or perhaps application where we are stambling every time we force oppositon into corner in test matches.

  • ashankar on May 31, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @Roshini: I completely agree with you...Tamim has truly got the potential to join the club of Shewags and Dilshans..what this has given is that the Sub continent teams have started developing pretty agressive & ruthless cricketers like how Haydos and Gilly were for Australia, I hope we in the sub continent have learnt how to produce results in Tests and make it more interesting rather than being lousy and boring form of cricket.

  • Ruhel_Moscow on May 31, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Tank you Miller for nice 1.but please write something about poor umpiring.Asoka de silva shouldnt stand on the test ground.@Boycott_may b now u will understand tht u were wrong.plz show respect for improving team.its a part of humanity.although we wil respect u.because we r cultural.................

  • on May 31, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    bravo Bengal tiger Tamim. He will go on to become one of the greats of circket, just like Sehwag.

  • vhabuk_bd on May 31, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    congrats TAMIM IQBAL to sewing the lips of Jeoffrey Boycott.........

  • saladin3 on May 31, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Great innings! but would have been great for the team if it was a century from 150-odd balls or more!. Thats what Bangladesh needed after following-on. Individual achievement is not bigger than the team's need!

    Ashraful has become a burden for the team. Now he has to perform or perish! He has really lost his confidence and only he can cure himself!!

  • realredbaron on May 31, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Tamim, thank you for making my day. You took cricket to the highest level of entertainment that sports can offer. Keep entertaining us

  • googletalk on May 31, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Some of the vintage moments/elements in cricket is: 1. Watching test cricket in Lord's. 2. Listening David Lloyd's test cricket commentry in BBC. 3. Reading Andrew Miller's writing/article. Pure class. Why things are not same when being watched, being listened, or being read! Just like I sometime wonder which I enjoy more, watching Barcelona playing or reading Sid Lowe's match report in The Guardian. The build up, the anticipation, the continous shifting of dominace these are perfectly justified comparing a tennis match with a test match.

    I have been following your writing for quite long now. Apart from rare banter, it always have been with positive note for Bangladesh's cricket. Please keep doing it. As much as we need Tamim's blistering performance, your inspirational comments will be instrumental for our coninuing development in thsi game. And sadly, we don't have many like you backing us up till now.

  • ckumzubair on May 31, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    well done tamim. great players gets monumental naming in the LORD's list. Congrats!

  • sanin on May 31, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    TAMIM....i have no words to describe you and your brutal style of playing cricket.You make us proud. I hope the rest of the batsman does very well to at least DRAW the match.

  • sanin on May 31, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    TAMIM....i have no words to describe you and your brutal style of playing cricket.You make us proud. I hope the rest of the batsman does very well to at least DRAW the match.

  • falcon560 on May 31, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    tamim congrats. this is the bloddy way to play cricket named as tigers.

  • Roshini on May 31, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Well you can talk about many great test innings played by many, but the high class execution when odds are heavily stacked against you is what worth remembering. To me and to many other Sri Lankans who watched that innings is unarguably ther the best ever played by a 21 year old given the match situation and underdog status. Tamim Iqbal is a marvelously gifted cricketer and the world is going to see many more special innings of note from this wonder kid. He can only get better from now on. Cricket is all about entertainment and for sure Tamim Iqbal provided that for us to itch in our memory for generations to come..Sensational stuff it was..Give Bangladesh few more years and you will see many so called top cricketing nations being torpedoed.. Honestly their cricketing levels are on the rise..

  • Vindaliew on May 31, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I hope, and think it quite likely that, Tamim will end with a test batting average closer to 50 than 40. He's really world class!!! Congratulations, and I think it couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke.

  • Zobaid_Khan on May 31, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    In the 80s and 90s I used to be pulled to the Dhaka Stadium or Dhanmondi Cricket stadium to see a stocky guy from Chittagong hitting sixes at will. In 1998 Bangladesh beat Holland and Kenya depending on the heavy bat of this man to qualify for ICC World Cup. Akram Khan, captain during this period of Bangla cricket passing through primary school, now must be very pleased to see his nephew Tamim guiding the team through university with honors at Lords.It was my pleasure to watch Tamim's brilliance last evening and was so much moved with his every shot, knowing how he was defying the pain in his wrist and the allien conditions, With every shot he was making, he was answering critics of Bangla cricket ala Boycott. Now, Tamim your job is still unfinished; go with your own style, however you must concentrate more to convert your fifties to hundreds, hundreds to 150s and so on. You are better than anybody, and u'll take Bangla cricket to another height. May Allah bless you

  • on May 31, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    one of the best batsmen in the world today is tamim iqbal i wish we had a batsman like that for testccricket in the westindies.

  • virtualshah on May 31, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Congrats Tamim !!! You will be in our Textbook.

    Please find anybody to report about Mr. Ashoka De Silva gong. These incompetent peoples have undone us many many times in the past while we were on the verge.

  • Rahul_78 on May 31, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Eaning like these separate mens from boys. Ask anyone from sachin to lara to kallis. They will rate second eanings hundred in test matches much higher. That too to score at such a phinominal rate and panache when following on is outstanding. This guy is special. Just need to put his head down and make his own way. Good luck tigers. Good on you.

  • PARVEZ.AKHTAR on May 31, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Special thanks to Jeoffrey Boycott. he knows how to get the play out of the young players....! His comment on Bangladesh inspired Tamim. Great....! Now other should reply in the same way.

    England has planned not to allow Bangladesh to play a test match in next ten years. How would the game cricket would be globalized? People like Jeoffrey would be happy to see 7/8 test playing nations. What has he (Jeof) done for the improvement of cricket? Did he talk to any young player of Bangladesh, did he show anything to any player how to improve batting? I dont remember. He should come forward and help the youngs how to improve. May be by that cricket will improve.

  • sawn on May 31, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    as always Tamim backs us to get to a good position! Great knock!

  • mk49_van on May 31, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Tomorrow B'desh will predictably collapse leaving England a sub-200 score to chase down. We have seen this movie before....

  • Gypcyman on May 31, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    This the time to sakib and rahim both go on and score as big as possible they can.. and also junaid we want hundred for you... GOOD LUCK.......

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 31, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    I think Eng& Assoc 11 Ltd might well be advised to offer Tamim Iqbal a place in their 11 considering that Cook is a poor batsman who can only do well in sub-continent...

  • on May 31, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Outstanding performance and fight by Bangladesh. I stayed up til 3 am here in Korea just to watch it...keep it up.

  • on May 31, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Lets Go Tamim, you r our Hero, u will break many records in the future.CongratZ!

  • ElectronSmoke on May 31, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Good on you guys! Ashraful's mercurial talent, Bashar and Md. Rafique's cultured, honest approach to the game and Mortaza's occasional menace carried Bangladesh through much of its defeat ridden years. Under Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiqur and rapidly growing Mahmudullah and Junaid they are finally putting the consistency and patience into place. Let's hope they keep taking the steps forward. By the time the entire team is about 25 and have played some 15-20 tests together they are bound to get better. Best wishes from India!

  • on May 31, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    wel dne tamim..really dersved it!!

  • SsBang on May 31, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    At present the one player I would watch leaving other important things in life is Tamim. It is a pleasure and joy see him bat.

  • on May 31, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    What a crickter he has been! He has got natural talents just needs to execute them. If he keeps doing it, he will be a great cricketer sooner rather than later! Good Luck to him!!!!

  • on May 31, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Tamim is the best player in Bangladesh team

  • jabber375 on May 30, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    C'mon TI, dream big!! A draw is very much on the card. Tigers can even look forward to pull up an upset win tomorrow. If they can score 270 odd runs by an hour after lunch, it will be very tough for England to save this match!!

  • on May 30, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Amazing youngster!!! He gives us hope and he reminds us that we have light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Open-Eyed on May 30, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    realstic observation and inspirational for bangladeshi fans, not sure anyone compare cricket with tennis score before...i like this anyway Tamim should continue in his style as it is working perfectly and entertaining even in Test match. we should learn how ashraful lost his natural batting by changing his style...

  • on May 30, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    If Ashraful is the most beautiful anomaly/mistake of cricket..... Tamim to me is like Hannibal Rising... he is cold, calculated, vicious, and full of arrogance. Who knows, I hope I'm not judging too early but with hard work, he may well become one of the greatest batsmen ever.... lol we can only hop

  • Bang_La on May 30, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Another gem, Andrew (Did I say you are getting biased to Bangladesh everyday? LOL)! What is in store on final day? A collapse against still new ball or Bangladesh batting till tea! But its sure now that as someone whined here being robbed his summer would be swallowing back his comment! Whats it with Boycott comment that really hurt and infurated Tamim and made him awake till 1 am in the morning? Can we have a report on Boycott comment on Bangladesh test status here, please?

  • on May 30, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Great to see Bangladesh scrapping hard and proving all the cynics wrong. No:1 cynic of course, is "big brother" India which has not even had the decency to invite Bangladesh for a single test match (just as Australia never used to invite New Zealand to play in Australia). Even Geoff Boycott changed his tune today after making all the usual condescending noises about the Tigers yesterday. Go Tigers and prove them all wrong!

  • on May 30, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Tamim has surpassed every single Bangladeshi batsman. While some people still fawn at the temple of Ashrafool ('but he has class! but he has potential!!! on his day he's a world beater!!')...I believe most Bangladeshi cricket fans have realized that we have only one consistently world class batsman...and that is Tamim. While Ashrafool still teases us with his potential, Tamim more often than not produces the goods. True, he still needs to show the temperament that is required to go on to making the big scores (convert the 50s to 100s, and the 100s to 150s and so on)...he's surely getting there. What a gem of a player.

  • on May 30, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    people need to believe in bangladesh. people need to encourage bangladeshi players they must be selected for IPL, ENGLAND domestic overseas players and even in other t20 leagues. remember most of the cricket masterblasters have developed ther game just because of the provided chances in various teams

  • sallu123 on May 30, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    thanks tamim u made us proud.play always like this,wht u have played today.many more to come so go on tamim

  • Shaqiq1 on May 30, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal...one of the classiest batsmen bangladesh has ever produced, well not forgetting his hard knocks, adds to the threat, we asians pose to the other cricketing nations. By stating so, i do not mean to be racist or have any grudge against the other nations but all that i feel is that it's time cricket became less of a one sided sport (as is the case with Australia) and earn its reputation for one of the most contestable and "down to the wire" game on earth.

  • on May 30, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    It's a shame that when the Bangladeshi's are improving.. they will come to play in England after 10 years? What kind of schedule is that? In cricket you play in national level to improve.We are only a hand few of countries playing this game. Do you think playing only in Bangladesh will improve them? The facilities,the experience they get overseas is such valuable to them which they can not get in home. You expect to perform like ponting but do they get all the building up from youth to this stage what all the modern nations have? If they have some motivation to play in lords,waca every 2 years..they will prepare and train themselves just to have some dream performances that tamim did today. He should thank Boycott as he said BD should not play test cricket. Yes you are the mightly,we are the minor.But this is not war? you help the weaker,you encourage to play well and come up well. The friends,family does not throw you out of home if you do bad.Thye help you to overcome.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on May 30, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Don't worry Tamim,....... Your the Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Bengali-Tiger007 on May 30, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Don't worry Tamim,....... Your the Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 30, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    It's a shame that when the Bangladeshi's are improving.. they will come to play in England after 10 years? What kind of schedule is that? In cricket you play in national level to improve.We are only a hand few of countries playing this game. Do you think playing only in Bangladesh will improve them? The facilities,the experience they get overseas is such valuable to them which they can not get in home. You expect to perform like ponting but do they get all the building up from youth to this stage what all the modern nations have? If they have some motivation to play in lords,waca every 2 years..they will prepare and train themselves just to have some dream performances that tamim did today. He should thank Boycott as he said BD should not play test cricket. Yes you are the mightly,we are the minor.But this is not war? you help the weaker,you encourage to play well and come up well. The friends,family does not throw you out of home if you do bad.Thye help you to overcome.

  • Shaqiq1 on May 30, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal...one of the classiest batsmen bangladesh has ever produced, well not forgetting his hard knocks, adds to the threat, we asians pose to the other cricketing nations. By stating so, i do not mean to be racist or have any grudge against the other nations but all that i feel is that it's time cricket became less of a one sided sport (as is the case with Australia) and earn its reputation for one of the most contestable and "down to the wire" game on earth.

  • sallu123 on May 30, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    thanks tamim u made us proud.play always like this,wht u have played today.many more to come so go on tamim

  • on May 30, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    people need to believe in bangladesh. people need to encourage bangladeshi players they must be selected for IPL, ENGLAND domestic overseas players and even in other t20 leagues. remember most of the cricket masterblasters have developed ther game just because of the provided chances in various teams

  • on May 30, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Tamim has surpassed every single Bangladeshi batsman. While some people still fawn at the temple of Ashrafool ('but he has class! but he has potential!!! on his day he's a world beater!!')...I believe most Bangladeshi cricket fans have realized that we have only one consistently world class batsman...and that is Tamim. While Ashrafool still teases us with his potential, Tamim more often than not produces the goods. True, he still needs to show the temperament that is required to go on to making the big scores (convert the 50s to 100s, and the 100s to 150s and so on)...he's surely getting there. What a gem of a player.

  • on May 30, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Great to see Bangladesh scrapping hard and proving all the cynics wrong. No:1 cynic of course, is "big brother" India which has not even had the decency to invite Bangladesh for a single test match (just as Australia never used to invite New Zealand to play in Australia). Even Geoff Boycott changed his tune today after making all the usual condescending noises about the Tigers yesterday. Go Tigers and prove them all wrong!

  • Bang_La on May 30, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Another gem, Andrew (Did I say you are getting biased to Bangladesh everyday? LOL)! What is in store on final day? A collapse against still new ball or Bangladesh batting till tea! But its sure now that as someone whined here being robbed his summer would be swallowing back his comment! Whats it with Boycott comment that really hurt and infurated Tamim and made him awake till 1 am in the morning? Can we have a report on Boycott comment on Bangladesh test status here, please?

  • on May 30, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    If Ashraful is the most beautiful anomaly/mistake of cricket..... Tamim to me is like Hannibal Rising... he is cold, calculated, vicious, and full of arrogance. Who knows, I hope I'm not judging too early but with hard work, he may well become one of the greatest batsmen ever.... lol we can only hop

  • Open-Eyed on May 30, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    realstic observation and inspirational for bangladeshi fans, not sure anyone compare cricket with tennis score before...i like this anyway Tamim should continue in his style as it is working perfectly and entertaining even in Test match. we should learn how ashraful lost his natural batting by changing his style...