Tamim Iqbal

Full name: Tamim Iqbal Khan

Born: March 20, 1989, Chittagong

Major teams: Bangladesh, Asia XI, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Chittagong Division

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

Relation: Uncle – Akram Khan, Brother – Nafees Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal is one of Bangladesh’s most assured young batsmen. His most notable innings came for the Under-19s against England at the end of 2005 when he smashed 112 from just 71 balls to help Bangladesh cruise to victory.

Tamim is the younger brother of cricketer Nafis Iqbal Khan and nephew of former Bangladesh skipper Akram Khan. The left-hander 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. His elegance and style through the off side is a treat to watch but his trademark shot is the straight drive, capped with a text-book like follow-through.

He made his one-day debut against Zimbabwe in February 2007 and was included in the World Cup squad after playing just two matches.

His straight six off Zaheer Khan after chipping down the track was one of the best shots of the tournament. He scored a stylish 84 in his debut Test, against New Zealand in Dunedin and has established his spot at the top of the order. His maiden century came in 2009 against West Indies in St Vincent and magnificient 154 runs against Zimbabwe in 2009 help to win the match.

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