Tamim smashed a sparkling unbeaten 103 against Oman to carry Bangladesh into the Super 10s of the World T20 beating Oman in a rain-hit first-round decider in Dharamsala on Sunday.
The scintillating knock, which recorded the first-ever T20I century for Bangladesh, took Tamim’s tally to 1092 runs.
Incidentally, he remained unbeaten at the crease with Shakib who is still four runs shy of the 1000-run club.
The ace allrounder rivals Tamim in almost every batting record for Bangladesh. In ODIs, Tamim (4,713) is closely followed by Shakib (4,398).
In Tests, however, Habibul Bashar (3,026) stands between Tamim (3,118) and Shakib (2,823) at the moment.
Shakib was ahead of the 26-year-old opener until the washedout game against Ireland on Friday.
But Tamim trumped his compatriot thanks to his superb form. He overtook the southpaw with a blistering 47 against Ireland before moving further ahead with the century against Oman.
“I am definitely proud of this. Shakib and I are in a race. Before this we had raced for 4,000 ODI runs – I lost that one. I feel really great having won this time,” Tamim said.
Tamim was keen on improving his record to the extent where it would be hard for anyone to threaten it.
“In the time I play for my country, be it 5-6 or 8 years, I would like to take it to a height where no one can easily break it.
“Records are made to be broken but I want to produce such records which will be very difficult for someone to break.”
Ahead of the showcase event, Tamim had given his word to coach Chandika Hathurusingha that he would score a T20 century. He has honoured his promise to his mentor.
“We were once talking about who would score the first T20 century. I said I would. I also gave my word to the coach that I would be doing it first…I got lucky.
“But I am sure the coach is very happy with it. Having kept my promise, I am pleased too.”