Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a T20I century © AFP
Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a T20I century © AFP

Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a Twenty20 International (T20I) century when he made an excellent 103 not out off 63 balls in Match 12 of ICC World T20 2016 against Oman. Tamim’s innings was paced wonderfully, with a few dot balls early on made up for with some massive hits later. Tamim’s century does not come as a huge surprise given his form across formats in the last two years. In fact, Tamim has been one of the major reasons for the emergence of Bangladesh cricket. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Oman, ICC World T20 2016, Group A match at Dharmasala

Tamim has been a revelation ever since the start of the 2015 season. Along with the likes of Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Hossain, and Mahmudullah, Tamim has led Bangladesh’s batting charts from the front. That Tamim had immense talent was never in doubt; he had scored back to back Test centuries in England — something few other batsmen can boast of. READ: Tamim Iqbal century propels Bangladesh to 180 for 2 against Oman in ICC World T20 2016 Group A Match 12 at Dharamsala

Since 2015 Tamim has been in the top 20 run-scorers across formats the world over. In 36 matches across formats since 2015, Tamim has scored 1,507 runs at an average of 44.32. His average across formats is higher than Faf du Plessis, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Chandimal, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Hafeez, Angelo Mathews, Ben Stokes, and Brendon McCullum — each of whom are above Tamim in terms of runs scored across formats since 2015. READ: Tamim Iqbal becomes first Bangladesh cricketer to score 1,000 T20I runs

Below is a table showing the leading run-scorers across formats since January 1, 2015:

Name

Team

M

R

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

Kane Williamson

New Zealand

53

3339

242*

60.7

75.61

8

21

Steven Smith

Australia

48

3077

215

61.54

73.43

10

14

Joe Root

England

47

2910

182*

52.9

74.59

9

18

Martin Guptill

New Zealand

57

2840

237*

47.33

89.22

6

18

David Warner

Australia

42

2627

253

52.54

94.63

8

12

AB de Villiers

South Africa

44

2278

162*

52.97

91.48

7

11

Hashim Amla

South Africa

46

2248

201

47.82

66.72

7

8

Rohit Sharma

India

42

2047

171*

44.5

88.69

6

11

Virat Kohli

India

44

2040

147

48.57

77.53

6

9

Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan

44

1839

224

38.31

76.4

4

9

Faf du Plessis

South Africa

46

1811

133*

42.11

71.86

3

13

Ross Taylor

New Zealand

42

1808

290

51.65

79.78

5

6

Shikhar Dhawan

India

43

1789

173

40.65

78.7

5

8

Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka

43

1566

122

38.19

66.27

3

7

Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka

40

1549

162*

39.71

66.88

2

10

Ajinkya Rahane

India

40

1544

127

39.58

69.14

3

9

Ben Stokes

England

36

1544

258

33.56

86.35

2

9

Alastair Cook

England

17

1541

263

49.7

43.91

3

9

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

39

1523

145

33.1

120.77

2

9

Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh

36

1507

206

44.32

82.62

4

7

Tamim rounds off the top 20, but his superior average is worth noting. A break-up of Tamim’s numbers shows just how good he has been. In 5 Tests he has scored 375 runs at 53.57 with 1 century — a match-saving 206 against Pakistan — and 1 fifty. In ODIs, Tamim has scored 742 runs in 18 matches at 46.37 with 2 centuries and 5 fifties. In T20Is he has scored 390 runs in 13 matches at 35.45 with 1 ton and 1 half-century.

Here is a table showing Tamim’s performances across formats since January 1, 2015:

Format

M

R

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

0

ODIs

18

742

132

46.37

81.62

2

5

2

Tests

5

375

206

53.57

59.61

1

1

0

T20Is

13

390

103*

35.45

136.36

1

1

0

Tamim’s recent form has been excellent. After performing admirably for Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2016, he scored 83 not out and 47 in the first two matches of ICC World T20 2016 against Netherlands and Ireland respectively before scoring 103 not out against Oman in what was essentially a knock-out match to reach the Super-10s. Bangladesh will hope Tamim’s form can continue into the main round of ICC World T20 2016, and beyond.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)