Tamim Iqbal on Tuesday became the first-ever Bangladeshi cricketer to score 6,000 List A runs. The left-hander, who is currently leading the Abahani team in ongoing Dhaka Premier League reached the milestone during his 55-run knock against Gazi Group at BKSP-3 ground.
According to a report by bdnews24.com, Tamim went into this match 38 runs from the milestone. Asked to bat first, he came out to open the innings. The historic moment came in the 18th of the Abahani innings when the 27-year-old hit Saeed Anwar Junior for back-to-back boundaries to become the first Bangladeshi to join the 6,000-run club – in 187 List A innings, which includes eight centuries and 41 half-centuries.
Apart from Tamim, two of his teammates in national team — Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan are also close to this landmark. Test skipper Rahim, who is also playing in the league, is currently 97 runs short of the milestone. Shakib on the other hand has 5,276 List A career runs. But currently he is busy with Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments.
Meanwhile, recently Tamim was asked by the reporters about his leadership experience. Replying to this the Chittagong boys said, “Actually I’m not yet used to the leadership role. I still have a lot to learn. I haven’t done much captaincy, just some in recent tournaments.”
“I think it is similar to batting, the more I will lead, the better I will get. But it would be best if I could learn from [Mashrafe]. When I play for the national team, I act as a very good supporting hand with lots of ideas. But donning the leadership role is a completely different thing. I will try to learn from him in tomorrow’s match”, he added more.