Tamim Iqbal becomes the first Bangladesh player to score 6000 List A runs

Tamim Iqbal becomes the first Bangladesh player to score 6000 List A runs

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh celebrates. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The left-handed opening batsman of Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Bangladesh cricket and is arguably the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the country. He is leading Abahani in the Dhaka Premier League.

The 27-year old went past 6000 runs in List A cricket, reaching the landmark on his way to 55 against Gazi Group Cricketers at BKSP-3 on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.

Coming into the match, Tamim was 38 runs short of the landmark. The opposition won the toss and asked his team, Abahani to bat first. He hit Saeed Anwar Junior for back-to-back boundaries in the 18th over to become the first Bangladesh player to achieve the landmark of reaching the 6,000-run club. Tamim had achieved the feat from 187 List A innings that included eight centuries and 41 fifties.

Tamim had played 153 one day internationals (ODIs), 42 Test matches and 52 T20 internationals (T20Is) for Bangladesh with 4713 runs in ODIs, 3118 runs in Tests and 1154 runs in the shortest format of the game. Meanwhile, Tamim had said before the beginning of the competition that wanted to learn the art of captaincy from Mashrafe Mortaza. “Actually I’m not yet used to the leadership role. I still have a lot to learn. I haven’t done much captaincy, just some in recent tournaments”, he said.

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“I think it is similar to batting, the more I will lead, the better I will get. But it would be best if I could learn from [Mashrafe]. When I play for the national team, I act as a very good supporting hand with lots of ideas. But donning the leadership role is a completely different thing. I will try to learn from him in tomorrow’s match”, Tamim said before the first match of the Dhaka Premier League.

He is having a good run in this season of the Dhaka Premier League with 326 runs from eight matches. His national teammate Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain of Mohammedan Sporting Club, also had the opportunity to reach the milestone on Tuesday. Mushfiqur got out for a duck against Prime Bank in Mirpur and he is still 97 runs short of the landmark. Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has 5,276 runs in List A cricket.