The day was on 17 March 2007. The strong India and Bangladesh have faced the crucial match of the West Indies World Cup. Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh's all-rounder Rahul Dravid bowled India out for just 191 runs. In reply, Bangladesh opener Shahriar Nafees returned after scoring only two runs, while another 18-year-old opener played one-on-one explosive shot. His spin-rattled batting jumped the commentators and spectators. Playing with great confidence, the Indian bowlers shone with a nice half-century. 51 runs in 53 balls, seven fours and two huge sixes Tamim Iqbal, the Indian left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan's ball in his trademark lofted shot, was dragged to the port of Spain's gallery, now the best batsman of Bangladesh.
Tamim Iqbal, who heard the message that he was playing his first World Cup at the age of 18 before a decade, became very popular today. His fourth World Cup is scheduled to be held in England this year. Before going to play his fourth World Cup, he has taken himself to a unique height. He is the highest run-scorer in Bangladesh in all formats of the game. In the last one era Tamim's alternative as an essential member of Bangladesh team and 'Number One' opener could not be any other.
Tamim Iqbal's one-day debut against Zimbabwe in Harare in March 2007 was a month before the Caribbean World Cup. Then, in a career of 193 50-over matches, Tamim, who has scored 6,636 runs at an average of 36.26 including 11 hundreds and 46 half-centuries, is the highest run-scorer in ODIs for Tigers. Tamim's Test debut against New Zealand in 2008 in Dunedin He has 4,327 runs at an average of 39.98 in 58 Tests. He is the highest among the Bangladeshi. Biswas, who has scored a maximum of 206 runs, has 9 centuries in Test and 27 half-centuries. In addition, he has 1,613 runs in 75 T20 matches, including one century and six half-centuries. Needless to say, this format also has the highest run among Bangladeshis.
Tamim's biggest contribution to statistics was, however, among the cricketers of Bangladesh, he started the game of fearless cricket playing against the opponent's bowlers. Having not respected the names of the bowlers, the situation in the match and the team's demands have established itself as a world-class opener. Wisden Cricketer became the world's Test Cricketer of the Year in 2010 as an acknowledgment of his great performance in England, the left-handed opener of Bangladesh, the opener. Tamim has been honored with the honor of Bangladesh's performance in various franchisee league including county cricket.
Left-arm opener will play his fourth World Cup in England. However, Tamim, the best batsman in the previous three World Cups, was not available. Till now, he has scored 213 runs in 23 games for the third time in the world. Tamim has scored three half-centuries in the World Cup, 95. But he will be looking forward to showing his best form in this year's edition. Tamim, one of the top ten batsmen of the highest run-scorers in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. In his last four years, his batting average of 58, among the opener, only Rohit Sharma of India is more than the average. Apart from Tamim's record on England's ground, he also has a great record. The Bangladeshi opener was the third highest run-getter in the tournament in the Champions Trophy in 2007 with 293 runs, including one century and two half-centuries in four matches. Bangladesh has emerged in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy in his glorious batting performance. Now the canvas is bigger, the world's most respected one-day cricket World Cup Cricket. And for the best success in this mega event, Bangladesh team and countless cricket fans will look very much like Tamim Iqbal.