Tamim Iqbal wants to score 10000 runs in both ODIs and tests

Nagendra / 30 June 2016

Bangladesh star batsman Tamim Iqbal feels that he has a lot of cricket left in him as he aims to score 10000 runs in both the formats of the game. The 27-year old has been one of the best players that Bangladesh ever produced as he already has 3118 test runs and 4713 ODI runs to his name.

He has played 42 tests and 153 ODIs for Bangladesh till date since his debut in 2007 as he gave good starts which made them a formidable side over the last decade.

“I want to play for another six years. I really want to score 10000 runs in either format. In tests, it is looking impossible, but if I play another 150 ODIs, really well, it is possible,” he said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.

Remembering the sensational comeback Bangladesh made last year against Pakistan where he made a double century to draw the match, Tamim said: “After Pakistan declared on 628, we knew it was going to be really hard for us to save that Test match. Even if it was the best wicket in the world, it would be hard. Imrul asked me what the plan was, and I said that we will take them on.”

The openers put an opening stand of 312 runs against Pakistan after having to trail by 292 runs at the start of the second innings. Tamim made a memorable double century while his partner Imrul Kayes made 150.

Asked if his fitness helps his form, he said: “Fitness won’t make you score hundreds, skills will. But fitness will make you play for longer. It is more important for the senior players, because I can’t really be a Sabbir Rahman. I can be someone who can be very fit within my limitations. It would give me an extra year in international cricket.”

Talking about his future plans, the 27-year old said: “I want to play for another six years. I really want to score 10,000 runs in either format. In Tests, it is looking impossible, but if I play another 150 ODIs really well, it is possible.”

Bangladesh who will play England only in October after an eight-month break has made Tamim quite disappointing.

“After such a great season, we are not playing for eight months. It would definitely hamper us. People should be more interested in playing against us, but instead, we are sitting on the sidelines.

“We don’t know how we are going to play. There’s no team in the world apart from Zimbabwe which sits out for so long between matches,” he said.

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