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.