Cricket is a game primarily played by 10 full member nations but there are also other contenders that are constantly competing with the best to make a mark in the sport. More popularly known as the ‘minnows’, the weaker teams have outclassed the more established ones on many occasions and shown steep progress in their abilities.
It is no surprise that these teams have produced good players across the various formats. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is one of the leading all-rounders in the world at the present moment. There are also some players who may not have made a huge mark globally but have made a revolution to the game in their nations.
Let us have look at 5 cricketers who are considered as legends in their respective countries:
#1 Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal has been the Bangladesh’s most reliable top order batsman for the past five to seven years, having scored more than 9,000 runs across all formats. Arguably the most destructive batsman the country ever had, Iqbal impressed with his batting skills during the 2007 Cricket World Cup where his explosive 51-run innings in Port of Spain guided Bangladesh to a famous win against India and helped the nation to reach the knock-out stages of an ICC tournament for the first time.
His Test score of 206 against Pakistan is the highest individual score by a Bangladeshi in the longest format of the game and also holds the same record in ODIs by virtue of his 154-run innings against Zimbabwe back in 2009. In 2011, he was honoured after being named the ‘Wisden Cricketer of the Year’.
Another achievement which complements his glittering career was his participation in the Bicentenary Celebration Match at Lord’s for the Rest of the World side against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2014.