Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is The Wisden Cricketer’s Test Player of the Year for 2010.
On the day that Bangladesh recorded their first series victory against top-flight opposition with a win against New Zealand, Tamim’s enormous bat beat off very close competition from Graeme Swann and the man everyone compares him to, Virender Sehwag, who came second and third.
The award, which is calculated by the marks out of 10 our reporters give each player at every Test match, goes to a Bangladeshi for the second successive year. While Shakib Al Hasan was almost unheard of last year, it’s a different story with Tamim. At just 21, he is proving himself a real superstar. Dashing and aggressive, but with a real solidity, those comparisons with Sehwag are fair. His 837 runs at 59.78, in a team that failed to win a Test this year, also points to a man who likes responsibility.
His 151 at Dhaka against India in January was a sign of things to come. Few batsmen tamed English bowlers this summer, but Tamim blasted exceptional hundreds at Lord’s and Old Trafford. In that short series he went from a promising batsman to a man who could go on to dominate for a decade, and he could well pull Bangladesh with him.
The Top 10 TWC Players of the Year, plus England’s best player Graeme Swann giving his favourite moments of the last 12 months, can be found in the December issue of The Wisden Cricketer, out tomorrow.
Daniel Brigham is assistant editor of thewisdencricketer.com