Who Are Bangladesh’s Most Famous Cricketers?
Bangladesh’s players don’t carry the celebrity status as some of the other top cricket teams. However, some of its past and present players are well-revered in the cricketing world.
Plenty of them now play notable roles in limited-overs competitions such as the Indian Premier League.
Tamim Iqbal made his debut for his country in 2007 against Zimbabwe in Harare.
A left-hander, he has proved tough to handle at the crease thanks to his ability to strike the ball with an impeccable technique. Boasting powerful striking, Tamim is capable of scoring quickly in any cricket format.
Showing no fear against the world’s best bowlers, he dominated England’s attack in their 2010 tour, scoring five half-centuries in only six matches. During the first innings, he became the first Bangladesh batsman to reach 1,000 Test runs (in terms of innings required).
Such form meant he was awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2011.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is one of Bangladesh’s leading names. The all-rounder boasts incredible skill with both bat and ball.
In the past, this has seen him become a valuable player in T20 franchise cricket. His ability to lead his team in Test and T20 cricket has been impressive.
In his debut as captain, Shakib took eight wickets and scored 96 runs against the West Indies in Grenada, which was the country’s first-ever series win away from home.
His skill in the shortened ODI form of cricket is equally impressive, being the first Bangladesh cricket player to score 2,000 runs and take 100 wickets in a career, as well as the first to score five hundreds in international cricket.
His all-rounder prowess landed him as Wisden’s Cricketer World Test Player of the Year in 2009.
Rahim is almost as famous off the cricket field as he is off it. His skill and ability on the pitch is well documented.
The wicket-keeper is the record holder for the highest batting score ever by a Bangladesh player. Rahim scored an undefeated 219 in 2018 against Zimbabwe and was also the first player of his position to score two double-centuries in Test matches.
Rahim’s maiden test century came against India in 2010, which was the fastest century ever made by a Bangladesh player.