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Tamim achieves career-best ranking

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June 1, 2010

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Tamim Iqbal celebrates his blistering hundred, England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's, May 30, 2010
Tamim Iqbal's 100-ball 103 rocketed him up six places in the ICC rankings © Getty Images

Tamim Iqbal ignited the fourth day's play at Lord's with a second-innings 103 and has now jumped six places among the world's leading batsmen to No.25, his highest ranking.

Tamim hit 55 in the first innings of the opening Test, making it five scores over fifty in his last six Test innings against England. His reward is a place in the top 30 list of batsmen which is still headed by India's Virender Sehwag.

England captain Andrew Strauss has returned to the top 20, and is the only England player in that select group, after scores of 83 and 82 in England's eight-wicket victory. Steven Finn, man of the match at Lord's, is rewarded for his nine wickets with a 48-place jump but, still only at No.48, England's latest fast bowler is still very much at the beginning of his career.

The Lord's pitch did not offer much for the spinners and both Graeme Swann and Shakib Al Hasan suffered, Swann slipping two places to No.5 after his wicketless display and Shakib, Bangladesh's top-ranked bowler, falling to No.14.

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Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 3, 2010, 14:10 GMT)

Theres no doubt he is an exciting prospect, however I wouldnt say hes one of the best in the world at the moment, hes still leagues behind, SRT, Dravid, Sehwag, Ponting, Clarke, Smith, Amla, Khallis to name a few....It will be good to see how Tamin copes with the Old trafford pitch which has been very quick and has lots of bounce, it also tends to help swing bowlers a lot more even without overcast skies.

Posted by lucyferr on (June 3, 2010, 14:02 GMT)

Whether he is another Andy Flower or not, Tamim's performance in Tests is completely irrelevant. How is he in T20? Even Michael Holding says T20 is going to kill Tests, so we might as well stop talking about Tests now and talk only about T20.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

he is one of the most excting players in world cricket

Posted by Suman031904 on (June 3, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

he is surely one of the best batsmen in the world now. i think the way he is playing now is good. he should not change his style too much rather improving his short selection. he is really a good striker of the balls. i think he now knows well how important his wicket is. so hope he will be consistent on his efforts. good luck buddy.

Posted by Robbo1985 on (June 3, 2010, 3:43 GMT)

Good on the little fella, nice to see a Bangladesh opening batsmen going after the bowling, Wayne Kelly mate Phil Hughes does the same thing yet people are saying he's Australia's next great player. And don't forget Gilchrist played in very much the same vein, very rarely let the ball go and i think he had a damn good career

Posted by McGorium on (June 3, 2010, 2:06 GMT)

@sanin: In principle, you are correct, but 10 years is actually a good amount of time. Eg: SAF came out of 30odd years of isolation to become a top-3 side almost overnight. I bring this up because Ban was once East Pak,and so likely had a cricket infrastructure in place. SRL debuted in 1982 and by the late 80s were a decent side, and by 1995 were a good side. The major difference is that in the late 80s, they uncovered D'Silva,Ranatunga,Mahanama etc and by the early-mid 90s, had Murali,Vaas and later Jayasuriya. Zim debuted in 1992 and were a decent side in 2001 (flower brothers,streak,olonga etc.) before Mugabe went nuts and many white players just left. Many of the above names would be picked by international teams. In contrast, Ban has only the underachieving Ashraful and the rookie Tamim, neither of whom are likely to be picked by major test teams. In other words, Ban has not developed cricital mass that the other teams had. I don't know why, and it's unfortunate, but true

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (June 2, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

Alright you lot, I can see that there are mixed expressions for and against Tamim. But the boy is only 21 and let him enjoy his youthfull flair. Lets not forget, he is still the current leading run scorer in tests for 2010 so far. He is trying his best in his own way and his own style and lets just all enjoy it, coz it really is fun to watch him bat. I think he needs more support and he is the type that will appreciate more fan base worldwide and especially here in the UK. The way Tamim has started this trend, all of a sudden watching test matches have become fun. I'm not just cheering him coz he is Bangladeshi, I enjoy watching those players and I remember once upon a time Trescothik was like that aswell. Goodluck Tamim!!!!

Posted by sanin on (June 2, 2010, 18:59 GMT)

Give us some time, Its only been 10 years since we got test status. now we have TAMIM & SAKIB, multiply 3 with their age, thats how long INDIA AUSTRALIA ENGLAND have been playing test. I hope we will find more talents and produce a complete TEAM. Its not piece of cake to become a strong test playing nation, I hope people understand that. Criticism is really good for us, it would help us to grow, as long as it is done in a professional manner.

Posted by JS82 on (June 2, 2010, 17:28 GMT)

Alright folks, I know you are excited for Tamim but be realistic. Don't start comparing him to Tendulkar or Lara (for God's sake .. those guys are rare breeds!). He does not even have a 200+ score yet in first class level let alone Test. It's foolish to compare him to Sehwag (someone who has 2 triple centuries in test). Tamim is Tamim and only time will tell where he would rank. He has to learn to mix aggression with caution - only then he can consistently average in the 50s which in my opinion is a pre-requisite to becoming a great batsman.

Posted by Bass_Man on (June 2, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

It was brilliant effort on Tamim and it was more sweeter that it was at Lords.

However for his sake he should start being more consistent which is a problem with all Bangladesh's players.

But I have followed his success so far and he is an achiever with lots of determination.

Cant wait for the next test.

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