Tamim becomes first Bangladesh batsman to reach 8000 ODI runs

The last 1000 runs took Tamim only 23 innings

Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh batter to reach 8000 runs in ODIs, and overall the ninth opener to breach the landmark, reports ESPNcricinfo.

He reached the milestone during Bangladesh's first ODI against Zimbabwe when he moved to 57 with a late cut wide of short third man off Sikandar Raza in the 24th over.

Tamim is only the fifth Asian opening batsman to cross 8000 runs landmark  in the fifty overs format. The other four are - India's Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Pakistan's Saeed Anwar.

Tamim has led Bangladesh to six out of seven ODI series wins since he started his permanent captaincy reign in January 2021.

Having started his career in 2007, Tamim is the first to 5000, 6000, 7000 and 8000 ODI runs for Bangladesh.

The last 1000 runs took Tamim only 23 innings - two years, due to the lack of ODIs in Bangladesh's schedule of late - and included two centuries. 

Tamim gave Bangladesh an excellent start in the first ODI against Zimbabwe stitching 119 runs for the opening wicket alongside Litton Das. He fell to Raza for 62.