Tamim Iqbal tops the list of ‘run getters’ in the tournament : With so many stalwarts, big hitters, pinch hitters, consolidators in the fray, the table for ‘top run getters’ in the tournament has the name of Bangladesh prolific opener, Tamim Iqbal in the numero uno position. Bangladesh, however, did not qualify for the knock out round.
Having played three game in the qualifying round and four games in the main draw, Tamim has scored 295 runs, with 103* as his highest individual score. He has averaged 73.75 with 142.51 being the strike rate. He also has a century and a half century to his credit. 180 runs (61.01%) of his total score have come by way of fours (24) and sixes (14) showing his prowess of big hitting. He remained unbeaten on 2 occasions.
His maiden T20I century knock came in the qualifying round game against Oman that was played at Dharmashala.
Put into bat by Oman, Iqbal, opening the innings alongwith Somya Sarkar, went on to score an unbeaten 103* runs off 63 deliveries with the help of 10 fours and 5 sixes at 163.49 strike rate.
Eventually Bangladesh ended up scoring 180 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 20 overs.
The weather-interrupted game ended in a victory for Bangladesh by 54 runs under D/L method.
In a previous game against Netherlands, played at the same venue, put into bat, Iqbal, opening the innings alongwith Somya Sarkar, scored an unbeaten 83* runs off 58 deliveries, aided by 6 fours and 3 sixes at 143.10 strike rate.
Bangladesh won the match by 8 runs.
In the main draw games Tamim scored 24 runs against Pakistan and 35 runs against India but the team lost both the games. The game against India proved to be a very memorable one but Bangladesh lost it in the final ball of the contest by a solitary run.
Tamim has been the mainstay of Bangladesh for quite some time now in all three formats of the game. He also played a stellar role in the home series in Test and ODI against Pakistan in 2014 and the ODI series against India in 2015 post the ICC World Cup 2015.
Close on the heels is Virat Kohli, who has scored 273 runs from 5 games (unbeaten on 3 occasions) at an average of 136.50 with 3 half-centuries to his credit and a personal best of 89* which came in the semi final game against West Indies.