What is Bill Gates best known for?
If you answered ‘being the happiest man in the world’ then have 100 points and go and sit with Tamim Iqbal.
Speaking about his Lord’s hundred after he was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year, Tamim said:
“I was the happiest man in the world – happier than Bill Gates.”
Tamim Iqbal has passed 50 in nine of his last 11 Test innings. Considering how he tends to start his innings – hacking away at every ball like he’s a Thracian gladiator de-limbing adversaries – that’s pretty remarkable.
Virender Sehwag is probably a role model, but with Sehwag, you rarely feel like he’s going to get out. It’s clinical destruction. Tamim Iqbal has a lot of shots, but he’s also got a bit of Steve Harmison the batsman in him.
It’s been good to get to know the Bangladesh players a bit better these last few weeks. There are a handful who stand out and others who seem interchangeable.
Shakib al Hasan’s their best bowler and bats reasonably well. Mahmudullah is looking good so far. Mushfiqur Rahim is a very talented batsman and a gash wicketkeeper – which puts him on a par with most international glovemen. However, the player who’s really stood out has been Tamim Iqbal.
Tamim Iqbal is a vicious opening batsman, but not irresponsibly so. Considering that it was only today that he turned 21, he’s pretty sophisticated.
It was all-out attack as he hit 85 off 71 balls against England today, but he showed during his one-day hundred against the same opponents a couple of weeks ago that he can drop down a gear and not get carried away. Since his first Test hundred, which he scored against the West Indies last year, he’s passed 50 in half of his Test innings.
Imagine what his average would be if he’d played a few Tests against Bangladesh.