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Ranking the top 10 Test openers in the world currently

Ben Winfield
Modified 04 Oct 2018
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#8 Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

New Zealand v Bangladesh - 2nd Test: Day 1
Iqbal is one of Bangladesh's greatest players

Tamim Iqbal will most certainly go down as one of the best players in Bangladesh Test history. He may not have always played on the strongest side, but he has always been a consistent performer, both in Asia and overseas. He is very much a modern opener, and his defensive technique is pretty average, but this has improved over his career, and he is an attractive player at the top of the order. 

Statistically, he probably has one of the worst records of the players on this list, but it is worth noting that he has often been the best player in what has been a pretty average side, and he has played a lot of Test matches in tough overseas conditions. He averages 37.84 in Test matches, though it has often been his conversion rate that has let it down. He has made 25 fifties in Test matches but has only made eight centuries. 

Published 04 Oct 2018, 09:12 IST
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