On Sunday, May 23, Bangladesh opener and skipper Tamim Iqbal completed 14000 international runs and became the 10th opener batsman to do so. He played perfectly in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Dhaka and scored 52 runs in 70 balls.
In the first ODI match against Sri Lanka, Iqbal hits 6 fours and 1 six. This was Iqbal’s 51st half-century in ODIs. Even though he could not convert his innings into a big inning, but made a special record as he became the first Bangladeshi batsman to complete 14000 runs in international cricket. Tamim has scored 14050 runs in international cricket, batting 356 matches so far.
Tamim has also completed 7500 runs in his ODI career. He is the first batsman to do so for Bangladesh. There itself his second-highest run-scorer is Bangladeshi batsman Shakib Al Hasan. Hasan has scored 6451 runs.
Before Tamim Iqbal, many cricketers scored 14,000 runs like Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka. Jayasuriya scored 19298 runs as an opener. Chris Gayles has scored 18834 runs as an opener in international cricket. Graeme Smith has recorded 16950, 16120 runs in the name of Desmond Haynes in international cricket. Virender Sehwag has scored 1619, Sachin Tendulkar 15335. Alastair Cook has scored 15110, Matthew Hayden has scored 14825 and David Warner has scored 14803 as an opener in international cricket.