On June 26, 2020 Bangladesh will complete 20 years of gaining its Test status. To commemorate the milestone New Age looks back at 20 Glorious Moments of Bangladesh in Test cricket of the past two decades.
Since gaining Test status at the beginning of this millennium, Bangladesh time and again had to endure scathing criticisms from former greats of the game for their slow start in the format.
In May, 2010, former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott made similar remarks during Bangladesh’s first Test of the two-match series against England at Lord’s and with his comments he unknowingly spurred one of the most memorable moment in Tests for Bangladesh.
Sent to bat, England piled on 505 in their first innings, thanks to Jonathon Trott’s towering 226 which neutralised pacer Shahadat Hossain’s 5-98, which made him the first Bangladeshi to get his name in the Lord’s honours board.
Bangladesh, in reply, showed some fight, but couldn’t withstand England’s pace attack and were bundled out for 282.
England enforced the follow on and another innings defeat seemed imminent for Bangladesh, but then Lord’s witnessed the fury of a young opening batter who was hell bent on proving a point.
Tamim Iqbal, who had made 55 off 62 balls in the first innings before getting run-out, began his counter assault, smashing the English bowlers for 15 fours and two sixes to become the first Bangladeshi to score a Test ton in Lord’s.
Tamim only took 94 balls to reach the three-figure mark which was the third quickest Test ton ever scored at the hallowed ground.
Tamim finally finished his innings on 103 off 107 balls, getting dismissed off Steven Finn, which also ended the 185-run opening stand with Imrul Kayes, who had made 75 in that innings.
After his dismissal Tamim revealed that the inflammatory words of Boycott, who had said that Bangladesh didn’t deserve to have a Test status, had made him determined to prove the former English batsman wrong.
Other than the openers, Junaed Siddique (74) and Jahurul Islam (46) also made important contributions to take the total to 382 but their effort wasn’t enough to avoid defeat as England reached 163-2 to win the contest in the penultimate session of the match.
Tamim’s knock and his emphatic celebration after reaching the milestone were now part of Bangladesh cricket’s folklore and forever will be a fond memory in for every Bangladesh cricket fan.
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