Bangladesh's talismanic batsman Tamim Iqbal has been named Wisden Cricketer magazine's Test Player of the Year - after a year which included an Honours Board century at Lord's.
Tamim was a key part of the Bangladesh team which toured England earlier this year. He came into the series with a wrist injury however, threatening his participation:
"I've pushed myself five percent more than maybe I would have done on other grounds." he said.
"I'm really excited to play at Lord's in a Test match. It will be a dream come true and I really want to play, because I don't know when I'll get another chance."
That commitment, coupled with his electric, uncompromising, attacking batting style soon endeared him to English crowds. It was during the Lord's Test against England when he really made his mark on the season.
The tourists were struggling after England posted 505 in their first innings.
Tamim scored a rapid 55 (from 62 balls) in Bangladesh's reply but they were dismissed for 282 and made to follow on on day three as everyone predicted a quick England victory.
With most expecting the visitors to try and use up as much time as possible batting in their second innings Tamim came out and batted in his customary run-scoring style.
He blasted 103 runs from 100 balls, including 15 fours and two huge sixes, as Bangladesh did the unthinkable and set England a tricky (if not testing) target.
England went on to win by eight wickets but the diminutive left-hander and his wild celebrations after earning his place on the Lord's Honours Boards will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it.
Role: Left-hand batsman
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