Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh hitter to score 8000 runs in ODI on Friday in the first match of the three-match ODI series between the two teams. Additionally, Tamim also became the ninth opener to do so.
Tamim made a good start for Bangladesh, scoring 119 runs in partnership with Litton Das. However, in the 24th over, he advanced to 57, registering his 54th ODI fifty, with a late cut wide of a short third man off Sikandar Raza.
Tamim is on a roll as both captain and opener. He was voted Player-of-the-Series against the West Indies last month, helping his team to a 3-0 series victory. In the three One-Day Internationals, he scored 117 runs at an average of 58.50.
Tamim took over the helm of the team in January last year and went on to lead the pack in seven ODI series.
Ahead of the series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh had won five consecutive series under his leadership. Tamim’s winning streak as skipper began last year when Bangladesh overcame Sri Lanka at home. In the previous year, he has led his side to victories in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the West Indies, as well as a triumph over Afghanistan at home.
Tamim, who made his debut for the team in 2008, has established himself as the most reliable opener the team has produced so far. Apart from being the first player to score 8000 runs in ODI from the side, he is also the first to breach the 5000, 6000, and 7000 runs mark for the team.
The MVP of the team has never believed to take any match lightly ad has always been adamant about playing his best game. Just on the eve of the first ODI of the series against Zimbabwe, he lauded their opponents and preached about giving their best.
“If we consider the strength of the two teams, we are ahead but in cricket, the team that will perform on a particular day wins the game. Zimbabwe won in the T20Is against us because they played better than us. It remains the same here as well and if we want to beat them, we have to play our best cricket. In their own conditions, they are a very dangerous side,” Tamim told reporters at Harare.
“We have to rectify our mistakes while doing the thing that we did right so far. The main thing is that we have to maintain our process so that we can do well even in tough conditions,” he said.