England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day June 5, 2010

Tamim's primetime repeat

Tamim Iqbal produced his own highlights reel on the second day at Old Trafford
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When cricket matches are interrupted by the weather, broadcasters like to fill the spare hours with highlights packages from previous games. Given this is a Manchester Test anyone watching the box on Saturday afternoon could have been forgiven for thinking the area was living up to its damp reputation, as Tamim Iqbal flayed England around the ground. But as it happened, the sun was beating down on Old Trafford and instead Tamim was producing his own rerun of that memorable effort from Lord's with a second flamboyant hundred in six days.

Compared to his club over long-on on that occasion, the square cut that brought him his run-a-ball hundred at Old Trafford seemed almost restrained, but it didn't prevent him from celebrating with the same sprint and leap towards the dressing room.

His sense of adventure makes him such a watchable batsman and even for a patriotic Manchester crowd there must have been a sense of disappointment when he edged a cut against the local star James Anderson. The Bangladesh demise that followed, losing 10 for 90 in a session as they failed to avoid the follow-on, made it hard for Tamim to savour another fabulous innings.

"Personally it was great, but the team matters," he said. "We didn't play well after a solid start so I'm not that happy. It was really bad. Everyone is really disappointed. We knew we had a perfect opportunity but just threw it away. We are very young but need to learn, it was a perfect set-up."

Tamim is already the finest batsman Bangladesh have produced and at the age of 21 is their second-highest century-maker behind Mohammad Ashraful. The pair make an interesting comparison; both oozing with natural talent, but so far only one is making the most of it. It was interesting to see the start of Ashraful's innings when he arrived with Bangladesh wobbling. He took 22 balls to find the boundary and almost seemed to be willing himself to be restrained, yet threw his start away with a slash to gully for a laboured 45-ball 11. The mantle of Bangladesh's trailblazer has well and truly been handed over.

"When I started Test cricket I was just trying to survive," said Tamim. "I spoke to Jamie [Siddons, the coach] about how to play and he said bat like you do in the ODIs, go out there and enjoy yourself. I always say some days it will look fantastic and other days it will look ugly, but I should carry on this way."

An IPL contract is surely just around the corner for Tamim when the next auction takes place, but while that will boost his bank balance, the greater benefit for Bangladesh cricket would be for him to be picked up by a county. Shakib Al Hasan will be the first Bangladeshi to do so when he joins Worcestershire after the one-day series in July and Tamim should not be far behind.

His wrist injury may prevent anyone signing him for the latter stages of this season, but at the moment Bangladesh are reasonably free from commitments after the 2011 World Cup. A season testing himself in English conditions would allow him to accumulate a wealth of knowledge, which he could then pass on back home as hopefully Shakib will also do.

"I'd love to see him get picked up by a county," Siddons said the day before the Test. "Timewise, he needs a rest at the end of the one-day series. We've had nearly eight months now of solid cricket and the boys are tired. But he is one person that would thrive in the environment, thrive living here and obviously Twenty20 is a real market for him as well as 40-over cricket and [four-day] county cricket. He's made big scores against India and a hundred here and he can do the same thing against county attacks I'm sure."

Now that Tamim has got the taste for Test hundreds the next stage of his development is to build on them. At Lord's he hooked to deep square-leg moments after reaching his ton and here he edged a ball he could barely reach. The period shortly after reaching a hundred is often a weak point for a batsman, but Tamim has the talent to overcome this hurdle, as a career-best 151 against India already testifies.

It is even more important for him to do that regularly, however, because Bangladesh still have a tendency to collapse in a heap, as they demonstrately spectacularly today. From 126 without loss it was a non-stop clatter of wickets. While Siddons will have praised Tamim he will have equally cursed the shots played by Jahurul Islam, bowled through the gate, and Shakib who edged a wild drive against Swann, especially as these batsmen are brought up playing spin for a living.

"It's spinning a lot but we should be adjusted to that because we see a lot back at home," Tamim admitted. "We need to figure out what is going wrong and improve in the second innings."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY sanin on | June 8, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    THANKs To all Indian guys who are supporting us(BD).......Your good words really encourages us, though we every time we end up with an awful result. It would be awesome to see TAMIM firing in next IPL, i wish all the good lucks for tami and BD TEAM.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | June 6, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    @rajasekaran2003, thank you very much for your time and kind words. Now, as also being an Indian fan, I am truly concerened about the new blood in India team! Please raise voice there and make sure players are picked from CRICKET, not for hit-ball-as-you-like IPL!

  • POSTED BY starhawk07 on | June 6, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Being an Indian, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tamim bat. He has always been one of my favorite batsmen, because he is aggressive. He is not scared of the opposition, whether it's Australia, India or England...he will go after the bowling. He reminds me a lot of Virender Sehwag. I'm sure he can be as good a batsman as Sehwag if he apply himself and go for the big hundreds, 200s and even the 300. The best thing about Bangladesh cricket is that they promote youngsters..which is a big plus. They've shown glimpses of greatness time and again..but now is the time to really step up and win some matches. A good team doesn't consist of 1 or 2 people..it's 11 good players..As Tamim said, the middle order should've batted better and took advantage of the platform that was laid down for them by Tamim. Anywayz, all the best to Tamim Iqbal...I'm sure he'll do well in County Cricket, and also an IPL contract is waiting for him next year.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | June 6, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    @ OliverWebber, thank you for your nice words. Shahriar was a bit emotional and carried away but he should not have showed such umbrage.I can apologize for his emotional outburst. Personally, I read all leading British news papers and you are right, there were unbelievingly encouraging reports for Bangladesh cricket. I even joked that the British media was highlighting Bangladesh only to boost their morale against the Ashes LOL. Surprisingly, the tough critic, David Lloyd quite changed his before and after opinion on Bangladesh cricket. Naser Hossain was simply the biggest enthusiast to see many good tthings. I also have seen cricket lovers' comments from all over the world - England, Australia, India included. So, we must show our gratefulness and thank everyone. Those who commented with attitude, can write more but that will not deter Bangladesh progress. It is now the biggest challenge for Bangladesh is to learn from great English mind and never to give up.

  • POSTED BY athletic on | June 6, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Tamim is definitely promising to grow into a class player...but the way bd has slumped from 128 for no loss to 216 all out has really overriden tamim's century.we need team effort thats the bottom line

  • POSTED BY deeponk on | June 6, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Test cricket is no longer boring anymore because of tamim iqbal. He is the true ambassador of entertaining cricket. If he able to play like this for longer period of time surely he will be in the HALL OF FAME with Gillicrist and other explosive batsman.

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | June 6, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Bangladesh is a fast improving team and have shown they belong in the Test arena. However, they will not reach a consistently high standard of performance until they tighten up on the mental side of batting. Ashraful again, Shakib, and even Tamim, played shots that were loose and led to their downfall. Tamim is a great talent, but, he must take his hundreds into the high numbers. Nothing short of being dropped for an extended period will cure Ashraful. As Nasser Hussain said, he is always looking for the " shot of the day", rather than the " innings of the match".Bangladesh have a young and talented batting side. Experience and competition will make them improve. But, Cricket is a game played in the head and all the talent in the world will not help if the mental side is not of the required standard.They have to manage through the tough moments, and, capitalise when they have an advantage. Too many of their batsmen want the glory of a quick fire forty rather than a solid century.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Im not gonna deny the fact that except the openers all other bangladeshi batsmen failed to fight back. Bangladeshi players are young, sometimes they get carried away with their blazing emotions & then they make a fun of themselves trying cheeky shots in test matches n they end up paying the price. Like the way Shakib was playing against Swann it looked like, Shakib is competing with Swann. Bangladesh need to stick together as a team, if players try to play personal game then the country will never be benefitted. Another thing that surprises me is, when i see people talks abt revoking Bangladesh's test status. Especialy when the pakis & indians do. It took India 20 years to win their first test match. compared to all the big-guns of test cricket bangladesh's record is pretty decent & yes they are learning. If you check the recent test stats of Bangladesh you'll figure it out too unless u got prejudiced eyes.

  • POSTED BY pollok911 on | June 6, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    bangladesh have definately improved from the last time they toured england...ppl from bd & everywhere must remember it will still take a while before they can be competitive in a consistent basis...however the signs are encouraging...& we also need help from every other test playing nations...with their support & not their negativity we can improve even quicker...although there will be distractor i actually think most of the other test playing nations will help & encourage Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY Fazla_24 on | June 6, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    was delighted by tamim sparkler innings but frustrated the middle order collapse! all of them wasted tamim's epic innings! though happy to see tamim consistency... if he can continue his great form... wont be too long to compare his name with big name such as brian lara..ponting... who will be our Tamim & golden Tamim :)

  • POSTED BY sanin on | June 8, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    THANKs To all Indian guys who are supporting us(BD).......Your good words really encourages us, though we every time we end up with an awful result. It would be awesome to see TAMIM firing in next IPL, i wish all the good lucks for tami and BD TEAM.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | June 6, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    @rajasekaran2003, thank you very much for your time and kind words. Now, as also being an Indian fan, I am truly concerened about the new blood in India team! Please raise voice there and make sure players are picked from CRICKET, not for hit-ball-as-you-like IPL!

  • POSTED BY starhawk07 on | June 6, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Being an Indian, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tamim bat. He has always been one of my favorite batsmen, because he is aggressive. He is not scared of the opposition, whether it's Australia, India or England...he will go after the bowling. He reminds me a lot of Virender Sehwag. I'm sure he can be as good a batsman as Sehwag if he apply himself and go for the big hundreds, 200s and even the 300. The best thing about Bangladesh cricket is that they promote youngsters..which is a big plus. They've shown glimpses of greatness time and again..but now is the time to really step up and win some matches. A good team doesn't consist of 1 or 2 people..it's 11 good players..As Tamim said, the middle order should've batted better and took advantage of the platform that was laid down for them by Tamim. Anywayz, all the best to Tamim Iqbal...I'm sure he'll do well in County Cricket, and also an IPL contract is waiting for him next year.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | June 6, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    @ OliverWebber, thank you for your nice words. Shahriar was a bit emotional and carried away but he should not have showed such umbrage.I can apologize for his emotional outburst. Personally, I read all leading British news papers and you are right, there were unbelievingly encouraging reports for Bangladesh cricket. I even joked that the British media was highlighting Bangladesh only to boost their morale against the Ashes LOL. Surprisingly, the tough critic, David Lloyd quite changed his before and after opinion on Bangladesh cricket. Naser Hossain was simply the biggest enthusiast to see many good tthings. I also have seen cricket lovers' comments from all over the world - England, Australia, India included. So, we must show our gratefulness and thank everyone. Those who commented with attitude, can write more but that will not deter Bangladesh progress. It is now the biggest challenge for Bangladesh is to learn from great English mind and never to give up.

  • POSTED BY athletic on | June 6, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Tamim is definitely promising to grow into a class player...but the way bd has slumped from 128 for no loss to 216 all out has really overriden tamim's century.we need team effort thats the bottom line

  • POSTED BY deeponk on | June 6, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Test cricket is no longer boring anymore because of tamim iqbal. He is the true ambassador of entertaining cricket. If he able to play like this for longer period of time surely he will be in the HALL OF FAME with Gillicrist and other explosive batsman.

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | June 6, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Bangladesh is a fast improving team and have shown they belong in the Test arena. However, they will not reach a consistently high standard of performance until they tighten up on the mental side of batting. Ashraful again, Shakib, and even Tamim, played shots that were loose and led to their downfall. Tamim is a great talent, but, he must take his hundreds into the high numbers. Nothing short of being dropped for an extended period will cure Ashraful. As Nasser Hussain said, he is always looking for the " shot of the day", rather than the " innings of the match".Bangladesh have a young and talented batting side. Experience and competition will make them improve. But, Cricket is a game played in the head and all the talent in the world will not help if the mental side is not of the required standard.They have to manage through the tough moments, and, capitalise when they have an advantage. Too many of their batsmen want the glory of a quick fire forty rather than a solid century.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Im not gonna deny the fact that except the openers all other bangladeshi batsmen failed to fight back. Bangladeshi players are young, sometimes they get carried away with their blazing emotions & then they make a fun of themselves trying cheeky shots in test matches n they end up paying the price. Like the way Shakib was playing against Swann it looked like, Shakib is competing with Swann. Bangladesh need to stick together as a team, if players try to play personal game then the country will never be benefitted. Another thing that surprises me is, when i see people talks abt revoking Bangladesh's test status. Especialy when the pakis & indians do. It took India 20 years to win their first test match. compared to all the big-guns of test cricket bangladesh's record is pretty decent & yes they are learning. If you check the recent test stats of Bangladesh you'll figure it out too unless u got prejudiced eyes.

  • POSTED BY pollok911 on | June 6, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    bangladesh have definately improved from the last time they toured england...ppl from bd & everywhere must remember it will still take a while before they can be competitive in a consistent basis...however the signs are encouraging...& we also need help from every other test playing nations...with their support & not their negativity we can improve even quicker...although there will be distractor i actually think most of the other test playing nations will help & encourage Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY Fazla_24 on | June 6, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    was delighted by tamim sparkler innings but frustrated the middle order collapse! all of them wasted tamim's epic innings! though happy to see tamim consistency... if he can continue his great form... wont be too long to compare his name with big name such as brian lara..ponting... who will be our Tamim & golden Tamim :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    the best thing is for bangla to probably compete as a sixth team in the duleep trophy of india.. if not them, their A team surely.. just like the gopalan trophy helped SL and Hol/Sco/ire do in english county.. this will help them..

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Zain, please don't mention Warner in the same sentence as Sehwag, Dilshan and Tamim :X

    I'm incredibly excited about Tamim, but it's crucial that he's not seen as the mainstay. It is incredibly important that the guys batting round him support him rather than expect him to do the work, or the pressure to perform will tell.

    Nice also to see that Shakib's bowling talents, at least, have lived up to expectation as well - the ball that got Bell was a ripper.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Being an Indian,I have seen Bangladesh improve by leaps and bounds.Dont go by the consensus in our media that Bangladesh isnt fit for test cricket.Its the most immature media in the world.I should admit,barring an odd person really interested in the game,the others are just crap.Coming to Tamim,he has been scoring 100s in every test series that Bangladesh plays.Every country in its initial years in the game will have someone who sets the trend for the future generations,who dares to think beyond and thereby becomes an iconic figure and a legend.Tamim is well on his way to become that.Ashraful is no doubt talented,but,take my word,Tamim is in more ways than one,way beyond him.As for collapsing after good starts is concerned,it again happens for teams in their initial years,sometimes also for the top teams.Bangladesh bowling has the ingredients,but requires some time to mature and they tend sometimes to get beyond themselves.But things will be fine.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    What can you say for Bangladesh.. I am in such shock!! When someone like Tamim creates such platform and the rest makes mockery of it.. Damn!! it pathetic. I think its the management who needs to be watched upon. The way Skaib was swinging his bat looked as if he has a plane to catch and waitng for his mummy to serve him fish/chicken curry..Ashraful!! who would say that the guy had played over 100 innings.. he is a complete joke in the recent days. Except for Tamim, everyone looked scared and nervous.. or may be they were just too jealous to digest Tamim's explicit inning??? I personally believe Tamim is good but not great... Come on!! when u have already reached a hundred, slow down.. think about your miserable teammates..and your country!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I'm really discombobulated thoroughly after watching a disastrous upheaval in the 2nd day. I couldn't find any reason why the entire middle order failed when they saw that the 2 opening batsman built a solid pedestal around them. Tamim Iqbal, An impressive player in BD, played an extra ordinary innings. Furthermore, I noticed that after reaching the edge of century, Tamim got exasperated and fumbling over intermittently. He shouldn't do this. All other players of this team should learn some valuable lessons from Tamim. Test is not a 20-20 match. They have to upgrade their fortitude and perseverance to survive all 5 days. Anyway, Best of luck.

  • POSTED BY sameer422 on | June 6, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Hail to bangla....i am a cricket lover....the way bangla is playing is excellent, but they need to improve in some department....the way tamim is playing is surb..

  • POSTED BY maysunaneek on | June 6, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    he should be looking to convert 100s to 200s and take the responsibility, simply throwing away your wicket after scoring a century as it is with most of the bangladeshi batsmen is not enough.capitalise on the platform built.

  • POSTED BY Saikat_Chakraborty on | June 6, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    We are much better than west indies now. So,why we can't play much test cricket in near future??

  • POSTED BY sanin on | June 6, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Guys i am a Bangladeshi too, actually we are trying to play good and at certain field we do. There was time when century from a player in our team was so rare, but now we can enjoy that very often. We created quality players like TAMIM, SAKIB, RAZZAK, BUT we need to learn to grab the opportunities when its there for us, We lost our 10 wickets for 90. Its disappointing, I hope they can get them self out of that.

    Its just a misunderstanding,,,,,,India, English media .....they obviously support us. Its a game not a WAR. If they are being harsh its just because we are not playing upto out potentials.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    In the last year Bangladesh have improved on their test performance at a rapid face. Truth is they have amazing young talents. I really wish Mohd Ashraful comes back to form with a good backing from their middle order.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | June 6, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    One good thing going for Bangladesh is a no nonsense coach like Jamie, surely the players have raw talent but lack in temperament but nothing is worse than having fat locals (any south asians) who have no idea of new age techniques and who coach the teams through their rear ends. Atleast bangla have invested in someone who is low key himself but who cares for the team. I believe their earlier coach was also the same kind. On side note, Ashraful is and always be a very very poor man's afridi, no brains no matter what. Hopefully people like Tamim are not influenced by him or by the stupidity of IPL (all the parties/money and get fat like yuvi syndrome)

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | June 6, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @Shahriar Nawaz: I don't think B'desh deserves to lose test status, because they're not that bad, but the fact is that the side has stayed the same for the last 10 years(in terms of standards). I mean, the only improvement is that B'desh doesn't lose by an innings anymore, but that's nothing to be proud of. If I made this point elsewhere as well: SRL was a good side in around 12-15 yrs from test debut (I mean good:Win at home, and give a good fight away). They had D'silva, Ranatunga, Mahanama, Murali, Vaas.At that point,Jayasuriya and Kalu had just joined. Zim took less than 10 yrs to have a decent side with Flower bros., Streak, Olonga etc. And they played like a team, much like how NZ does despite not having any superstars. (Mugabe destroyed that side by 2004). Compare it with Ban's talent pool:Not one world class player(Tamim is too new to say). I think that is the issue. Nobody expects Ban to become #1, but they still play like amateurs.Maybe BCB didn't nurture a team,who knows.

  • POSTED BY murshidur on | June 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Yesterday when i was on the way of my duty that time BNG were 126/1. tamim already made 100.I talked to my frnd Bangladesh can manage a good score .I was too happy that time .What i saw when i come back from duty- 216/10.How long they will play like this.How r we improving ?When we played first test against india we played well.what is the differnce between first test - last test.No explination.What u will say?May be they will countinue this for a long time..............so sad for bangladesh cricket.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | June 6, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Good stuff again by Tamim.@Zain Haq, I don't think its too early at all. He does play very similarly to Dilshan, Sehwag and he seems better than Warner (yet to play test). He very good and he has learnt incredibly quickly. In a previous post I stated that every now and again he has a tendency to play a needless crap shot even when scoring freely (some fanatic went on a tantrum because I said that) and in this knock he played much more sensibly and took well calculated risks....up till he got into the 90's. Sir Ian Botham said he must have nerves when he reaches 90 because he started playing needles swipes again..the 1 vs Swann was just hideous but once he reached 100 he tried to settled again and to me THAT IS GROWTH. I will him on, this time he has effectively cut out the swipes early in his knock...now he needs to cut out the swipes when he reaches 90. Bang NEED him to make bigger 100's (sounds demanding but true) and I believe he will cont to grow.

  • POSTED BY Avidcricketlover on | June 6, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Y u say so ?!! The one who is optimistic will of course improve and be more challenging ! between , I'm an Indian and I rooted for Bangladesh today !!. They have improved a lot and lot. That's very much pleasing to a true cricket fan, as its good only when it is competitive !. Surely, expect a lot more from bangla ! hope they keep improving ! They can have a team around these two ! build it and challenge every team for their penny !

  • POSTED BY OliverWebber on | June 6, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Shahriar - I don't know about Australia and India, but here in England there is really a lot of respect for the Bangladeshi cricket team. Read the English papers - they are full of articles praising the progress Bangladesh have made, and pointing out just how much harder they have pushed England this time compared with 2005. No, the tests certainly haven't been boring! The one criticism that was made after Lord's was about their bowling - and in this test their bowlers have been much better. I think Bangladesh deserve test status and it is just a question of discipline and time before they start gaining a few more victories.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 6, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Problem with bangala batsmen is a classic one. If any of them gets in to form and makes runs, he will always fall just after reaching 100 mark. They won't consolidate and go for a big hundred. Tamim is gonna be a world class player but he must go for big innings.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    I am a bangladeshi and I also enjoyed much today's game. But I don'0t know why there are so many people from england, australia or even india who are saying discouraginng words against us.It is a game and you should not take that beyond anything. Test status is wrong,they are minor side,come on give us a break, Are they feared of us. Was the lords test or today's game boring? even west indies is liek us now, getting white washed every now and then and it is boring too. god save us from the eveil eys.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    if Bangladesh keep playing the way they have done in the past I think Tamim will stop getting scores as well, its like Tikolo with Kenya, you can't keep putting so much weight on one horse.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Tamim is definitely developing into a Classic batsman. It might be too early to call him the Dilshan, Sehwag or Warner of Banglandesh, but with the class that he has shown to the word by the bettering the English attack consistently in ODIs and tests, I can say comfortably that Bangladesh has found player who has thrill, madness and attitude to survive and excel @ the top level. What's more: it was his 5th consecutive 50 plus score in Test cricket (all against England, not Zimbabwe) and has wrecked up 3 hundreds against them in the last 3-4 test matches.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Tamim is definitely developing into a Classic batsman. It might be too early to call him the Dilshan, Sehwag or Warner of Banglandesh, but with the class that he has shown to the word by the bettering the English attack consistently in ODIs and tests, I can say comfortably that Bangladesh has found player who has thrill, madness and attitude to survive and excel @ the top level. What's more: it was his 5th consecutive 50 plus score in Test cricket (all against England, not Zimbabwe) and has wrecked up 3 hundreds against them in the last 3-4 test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    if Bangladesh keep playing the way they have done in the past I think Tamim will stop getting scores as well, its like Tikolo with Kenya, you can't keep putting so much weight on one horse.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    I am a bangladeshi and I also enjoyed much today's game. But I don'0t know why there are so many people from england, australia or even india who are saying discouraginng words against us.It is a game and you should not take that beyond anything. Test status is wrong,they are minor side,come on give us a break, Are they feared of us. Was the lords test or today's game boring? even west indies is liek us now, getting white washed every now and then and it is boring too. god save us from the eveil eys.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 6, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Problem with bangala batsmen is a classic one. If any of them gets in to form and makes runs, he will always fall just after reaching 100 mark. They won't consolidate and go for a big hundred. Tamim is gonna be a world class player but he must go for big innings.

  • POSTED BY OliverWebber on | June 6, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Shahriar - I don't know about Australia and India, but here in England there is really a lot of respect for the Bangladeshi cricket team. Read the English papers - they are full of articles praising the progress Bangladesh have made, and pointing out just how much harder they have pushed England this time compared with 2005. No, the tests certainly haven't been boring! The one criticism that was made after Lord's was about their bowling - and in this test their bowlers have been much better. I think Bangladesh deserve test status and it is just a question of discipline and time before they start gaining a few more victories.

  • POSTED BY Avidcricketlover on | June 6, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Y u say so ?!! The one who is optimistic will of course improve and be more challenging ! between , I'm an Indian and I rooted for Bangladesh today !!. They have improved a lot and lot. That's very much pleasing to a true cricket fan, as its good only when it is competitive !. Surely, expect a lot more from bangla ! hope they keep improving ! They can have a team around these two ! build it and challenge every team for their penny !

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | June 6, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Good stuff again by Tamim.@Zain Haq, I don't think its too early at all. He does play very similarly to Dilshan, Sehwag and he seems better than Warner (yet to play test). He very good and he has learnt incredibly quickly. In a previous post I stated that every now and again he has a tendency to play a needless crap shot even when scoring freely (some fanatic went on a tantrum because I said that) and in this knock he played much more sensibly and took well calculated risks....up till he got into the 90's. Sir Ian Botham said he must have nerves when he reaches 90 because he started playing needles swipes again..the 1 vs Swann was just hideous but once he reached 100 he tried to settled again and to me THAT IS GROWTH. I will him on, this time he has effectively cut out the swipes early in his knock...now he needs to cut out the swipes when he reaches 90. Bang NEED him to make bigger 100's (sounds demanding but true) and I believe he will cont to grow.

  • POSTED BY murshidur on | June 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Yesterday when i was on the way of my duty that time BNG were 126/1. tamim already made 100.I talked to my frnd Bangladesh can manage a good score .I was too happy that time .What i saw when i come back from duty- 216/10.How long they will play like this.How r we improving ?When we played first test against india we played well.what is the differnce between first test - last test.No explination.What u will say?May be they will countinue this for a long time..............so sad for bangladesh cricket.

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | June 6, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @Shahriar Nawaz: I don't think B'desh deserves to lose test status, because they're not that bad, but the fact is that the side has stayed the same for the last 10 years(in terms of standards). I mean, the only improvement is that B'desh doesn't lose by an innings anymore, but that's nothing to be proud of. If I made this point elsewhere as well: SRL was a good side in around 12-15 yrs from test debut (I mean good:Win at home, and give a good fight away). They had D'silva, Ranatunga, Mahanama, Murali, Vaas.At that point,Jayasuriya and Kalu had just joined. Zim took less than 10 yrs to have a decent side with Flower bros., Streak, Olonga etc. And they played like a team, much like how NZ does despite not having any superstars. (Mugabe destroyed that side by 2004). Compare it with Ban's talent pool:Not one world class player(Tamim is too new to say). I think that is the issue. Nobody expects Ban to become #1, but they still play like amateurs.Maybe BCB didn't nurture a team,who knows.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | June 6, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    One good thing going for Bangladesh is a no nonsense coach like Jamie, surely the players have raw talent but lack in temperament but nothing is worse than having fat locals (any south asians) who have no idea of new age techniques and who coach the teams through their rear ends. Atleast bangla have invested in someone who is low key himself but who cares for the team. I believe their earlier coach was also the same kind. On side note, Ashraful is and always be a very very poor man's afridi, no brains no matter what. Hopefully people like Tamim are not influenced by him or by the stupidity of IPL (all the parties/money and get fat like yuvi syndrome)