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The most underrated XI of all time in cricket

There remains to be a sea of players who have always fly under the radar, with their performances overshadowed by other more talked about personality's exploits.

Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Cricket has been a gentleman’s game for close to 150 years now since the first-ever Test match between Australia and England was played. In this time, we have seen many players who have inscribed their names in history books and in the hearts of millions of people.

Generation after generation, the sport has created stalwarts and giant ambassadors from various countries. However, there remains to be a sea of players who have always fly under the radar, with their performances overshadowed by other more talked about personality’s exploits.

However, without these players’ contribution and their relentless selflessness to the team’s cause, cricket would’ve been a different game than what it is today. Here’s a look at the most underrated XI of international cricket.

1. Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

The exponential growth of Bangladesh cricket has been talked about a lot since Tamim Iqbal’s debut in 2007, and very rare players have had as big a hand in their growth as this Bangladesh opener. His scores of 53 and 84 on his Test debut in 2008 against a very disciplined Kiwi attack, doesn’t hold much significance as the Asian team was clinically defeated in a three-day drubbing.

While Bangladesh now has a side with several fine players, including Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mustafizur Rahman, at the time of Iqbal’s debut, many of Bangladesh’s players were struggling to fulfill their potential.

In those times, he would be Bangladesh’s most consistent player at the top, providing his team with solid foundations for the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to feast on a bowling attack that was weared out and had suffered a dent in their morale long before the middle order batsmen had made their way to the crease, in the hands of Tamim Iqbal.

Iqbal perhaps does not possess quite the same level of talent as the likes of Al Hasan, Rahim, and Rahman, which may explain why he does not receive the same level of admiration of some of his fellow countrymen. But he has made the most of his talent, and subsequently has more Test runs than Shakib and Rahim, despite having debuted after them.

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