ICC Rankings June 1, 2010

Tamim achieves career-best ranking

Cricinfo staff
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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 3, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    he is one of the most excting players in world cricket

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 3, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    he is one of the most excting players in world cricket

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 2, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    this is a g8 talent..no dout about that....i think he is gonna be one of the best batsman of this time..i can bet u......he is showing his batting talent in everywhere...hamilton , loard,s dhaka, chittagong and barbados and he is resimble to g8 brian lara,s batting..go on tamim............

  • on June 2, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Tamim will be one of the danger batsman in the world... like Sachin tendulkar..!!

  • on June 2, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Tamim deserve more than where he is... he is openner of new era for who it doesn't matter pitch is bowler friendly or dead... he gonna hit you hard, alwayz love to see him scoring runs... he got raw talent.. best of luck Tamim...

  • on June 2, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Whilst I admire Shakib for his positive attitude the rankings are a confirmed 'joke' as they have Shakib, Price from Zimbabwe and Kulasekera ranked 2, 3 & 4 in ODI bowling. Absolute joke! Good on Tamim for climbing the rankings but if he really wants to become a good test batsman learn how to leave balls you don't need to hit and hit the ball along the ground.

  • on June 2, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    jackiethepen - a player loses 1% of his points for each match that he misses. If you follow the link in the report to the rankings, the FAQ section gives some useful explanations of how the rankings work. Looking at Tamim's rankings graph, it has been moving steadily upwards since February 2008 but it has been slow progress, largely due to Bangladesh only playing three tests in 2009.

  • Bollo on June 2, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Love watching Tamim Iqbal bat and keen to see him go on to some really big hundreds.@jackiethepen I don`t think the ratings (particularly individual ones) accurately reflect much at all. Stuart Clark STILL at No 10, having not played since the Ashes? (I think players drop 1 or 2 percent for each match they miss, whether through injury or being omitted) ICC has some work to do before these figures accurately reflect players/teams current standing in the game. That being said, no arguments with Sehwag/Steyn at No 1.

  • jackiethepen on June 2, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    The ICC rankings work against players dropped or missing out of games. Presumably to get rid of retired players there is some formula that takes into account the games you are NOT playing. For example Ian Bell was around 22 in ODIs when he was dropped in Feb 2009. He has not played since and his ranking is now 43. If he starts playing again then presumably he has to start from this position. The same happened to his Test ranking. When he was dropped he was also around 22. When he started playing again his ranking was in the 30s. Despite his good winter and high scores playing Bangladesh away, his ranking is 30, well below the figure he had when dropped. Does Tamim suffer in the rankings because he plays less Tests than other nations? He is an outstanding young talent. Perhaps Cricinfo would do us all a favour and explain to us how the ICC arrive at their rankings.

  • on June 2, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    i jst luv his style of play.... he plays text-book shots yet dey r very cracking nd aggressive........ i dont think he deserves 2 b in a team which loses so much but a team such as Australia.... nd da same goes wid shakib-al-hasan.....

  • Meety on June 2, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    If he can start to temper his aggression slightly, he will eventually be in the top 10 batsmen in the world. If another Banga batsmen can follow him, (Shakib maybe?) + 1 good fast bowler the Bangers will have a very handy cricket team. I think some of their top order is really coming along. Siddons appears to be a good influence. Ashraful needs to go, he is the Banga version of Ramprakash!!!! Mahmudullah is a big talent & could be the second world class allrounder in their side behind Shakib.

  • on June 2, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    best of luck Tami, go ahead without fear

  • on June 2, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    tamin is next Sachin Tendulkar...gawd people give it a rest

  • on June 2, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    best of luck for him. He has much more capability to gain more success.

  • sallu123 on June 1, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    best of luck tamim.u deserve more

  • mystikmullah on June 1, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    He can get better if he is consistent. Good luck

  • on June 1, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    25 is very less for such a talented player! he should be in between top 10. best of luck to him. god bless him

  • on June 1, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    That isa very good achivement of Tamim Iqbal but we know he could do better.so best of luck.

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  • on June 1, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    That isa very good achivement of Tamim Iqbal but we know he could do better.so best of luck.

  • on June 1, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    25 is very less for such a talented player! he should be in between top 10. best of luck to him. god bless him

  • mystikmullah on June 1, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    He can get better if he is consistent. Good luck

  • sallu123 on June 1, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    best of luck tamim.u deserve more

  • on June 2, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    best of luck for him. He has much more capability to gain more success.

  • on June 2, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    tamin is next Sachin Tendulkar...gawd people give it a rest

  • on June 2, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    best of luck Tami, go ahead without fear

  • Meety on June 2, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    If he can start to temper his aggression slightly, he will eventually be in the top 10 batsmen in the world. If another Banga batsmen can follow him, (Shakib maybe?) + 1 good fast bowler the Bangers will have a very handy cricket team. I think some of their top order is really coming along. Siddons appears to be a good influence. Ashraful needs to go, he is the Banga version of Ramprakash!!!! Mahmudullah is a big talent & could be the second world class allrounder in their side behind Shakib.

  • on June 2, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    i jst luv his style of play.... he plays text-book shots yet dey r very cracking nd aggressive........ i dont think he deserves 2 b in a team which loses so much but a team such as Australia.... nd da same goes wid shakib-al-hasan.....

  • jackiethepen on June 2, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    The ICC rankings work against players dropped or missing out of games. Presumably to get rid of retired players there is some formula that takes into account the games you are NOT playing. For example Ian Bell was around 22 in ODIs when he was dropped in Feb 2009. He has not played since and his ranking is now 43. If he starts playing again then presumably he has to start from this position. The same happened to his Test ranking. When he was dropped he was also around 22. When he started playing again his ranking was in the 30s. Despite his good winter and high scores playing Bangladesh away, his ranking is 30, well below the figure he had when dropped. Does Tamim suffer in the rankings because he plays less Tests than other nations? He is an outstanding young talent. Perhaps Cricinfo would do us all a favour and explain to us how the ICC arrive at their rankings.