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14th-Jun-2015

Tamim Iqbal becomes highest Test scorer for Bangladesh

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Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal on Saturday became Bangladesh's all-time highest Test scorer surpassing former captain Habibul Bashar.Tamim achieved the milestone during the fourth day of the one-off Test against India being played at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah - breaking a record that took more than eight years to surpass since the former captain's retirement.Tamim, who made his Test debut in 2008, needed just seven runs to cross Habibul Bashar's 3026 Test runs after made an overnight declaration on the fourth morning of the rain-marred Test. And the Bangladesh opener reached the landmark during his 19-run knock before being dismissed by offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Tamim now has scored 2039 Test runs in 40 matches with seven centuries. Surprisingly there was no announcement about the record-breaking feat at the venue. However, former captain Bashar was present in Fatullah to witness his own record being broken by Tamim."I came to the ground early today hoping to see Tamim cross my record," Bashar told ESPNcricinfo. "I told him before the Test match that I wanted to see him do it in this game. I didn't want to wait for too long."It is good to see Tamim cross me. It was a long-standing record. I was the highest scorer for a long time actually. But I want Tamim to score at least 10000 runs. I always thought that it would be Shakib or Tamim who would take over my run-scoring record."Bashar played 50 Tests during his eight-year Test career, scoring at an average of 30.87 with three hundreds and 24 fifties.