When Tamim Iqbal skipped down the wicket to crash Zaheer Khan over long-on for six in the 2007 World Cup, he heralded a seachange in the way Bangladeshi cricketers were perceived by international audiences. Often labelled as too meek for international cricket, Tamim’s fearless approach in taking the game to the opposition has moulded him into the one Bangladeshi player that opponents fear. England found themselves on the wrongend of two back-to-back Tamim specials in the summer of 2010. The first, a 100-ball 103 at Lord’s, was an innings of breathtaking brilliance capped off by the now famous name-on-the-board celebration. Coming from a family of cricketers, Tamim had always possessed the ability to hit the ball hard, especially through the offside. But he has also worked hard at honing his talent, adding brains to his brawn and developing a number of impressive shots on the onside; a trademark one-legged pull often reminiscent of the great Brian Lara. But Tamim has his weaknesses – ex-coach Jamie Siddons often lamented his poor running between the wickets and for an opener, he finds himself castled far too often. Much like Virender Sehwag or Chris Gayle, Tamim’s swashbuckling approach often sets the tone for Bangladesh’s innings and a subsequent win or loss. To that end he has often flattered to deceive, especially in the World Cup on home soil when much was expected of him. To his credit though, Tamim has bounced back from a difficult 2011 in marvellous fashion. Four back-to-back half-centuries against top-class opposition took Bangladesh to within two runs of the Asia Cup. His celebration to mark this accolade -- a not-too-subtle four-fingered gesture towards the President’s Box, is TamimIqbal in a microcosm – bold, talented and ready to take on the world.