Having garnered most of Bangladesh’s batting records for himself, Tamim Iqbal has earned another achievement by becoming the highest ODI centurion for the Tigers. The 27-year-old opener cracked his seventh ton against Afghanistan in the series decider and surpassed Shakib Al Hasan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. They jointly held the record for six centuries before Tamim got down on the field and reached the summit in the 50-over game for the first time on Saturday.
Tamim also has the number of centuries in Tests while holding the only Twenty20 International hundred for Bangladesh. When Shakib scored his sixth ODI century against against Zimbabwe in November 2014, Tamim had four. But he drew level with the ace allrounder with back-to-back tons against Pakistan last year. Tamim had shown signs of gong for his seventh in the first match of the series but a rash shot ended his innings on 80.
But Tamim seemed in ominous mood after reaching his century as he switched gears and hammered spinner Rahmat Shah for back-to-back sixes after a boundary. Nabi got his man when Tamim looked for another big one but holed out near the long-off boundary. With 15 international centuries under his belt, Tamim’s tally is the highest among Bangladesh batsmen as no one else even has 10. He is also in line to become the first Bangladesh batsman to notch 5000 ODI runs. He now has 4931.