Mohammad Imran Tahir was born in Pakistan but known as South African cricketer. He is a good spin bowler who mainly bowls googlies and a right-handed batsman, he currently plays for South Africa in ODI and T20 while also representing Dolphins in South Africa.
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On 15 June 2016, Tahir became the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI, and He is one who named the fastest South African Cricket player to reach 100 ODI wickets in 58 matches.
In February 2017, he became the fastest South African to reach 50 T20I wickets. in March 2017, he recorded most economical figures by a South African spinner in an ODI against New Zealand, with 2 wickets for 14 runs from 10 overs. In October 2018, he is the number 4th player of south Africa Cricket who takes a hat-trick in ODIs.
Domestic Career of Imran Tahir as a Cricketer
Besides startup of his career in Pakistan, Tahir has had short curses with Yorkshire and Middlesex in county cricket over and above playing for Staffordshire in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship tournaments. Although Tahir has represented Pakistan Under-19 cricket team’s and Pakistan A, in this he failed to win full international honors for Pakistan. In 2005 at the age of 26, he became a resident of South Africa. He is married to Sumayya Dildar, she is a South African woman, and has represented South Africa after becoming eligible to play for them when he met his four-year residency obligation in April 2009. Tahir made his career-high score of 77 not out in a County Championship match against Somerset on 28 August 2009.
In 2010 season Hampshire signed Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis, replacing Tahir for the season. Tahir signified Warwickshire for the 2010 season, although he is contra on 8 junocted to play for Hampshire from the 2011 season onwards.
He made his 100th first-class appearance in the 2009-2010 SuperSport Series when the Titans played the Lions. On 8 January, he remained to the South Africa squad in their Test series against England while he was then reserved one day later after the Cricket South Africa exposed that yet he was not qualified to play.
The international career of Imran Tahir
Tahir was called first up to the South African Test team in 2010 when England was on tour, but it was a fault by the selection committee as he is un coalified for South Africa until January 2011. He was quickly quiet from the team then but found his way back almost immediately after becoming eligible to play.
He qualified for South Africa on 1 January 2011 and was selected by them for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. While he was part of South Africa’s squad to play a five-match ODI series against India before the World Cup, he failed to make his entrance.
Captain Graeme Smith explained that this was because “he is someone we want to keep fresh and we didn’t want to give people the opportunity to see too much of him.”
He made his Test entrance against Australia at Cape Town in November 2011 and was a regular part of the squad for four years. In the Test series against Pakistan in UAE in 2013, he was not picked for the first Test, but he came back strongly in the second by taking a five-wicket haul on the first day of the Test match. he has left out once again after one bad Test with the ball against India and was replaced by Robin Peterson, but he continued to do well in the shorter forms of the tournaments. He sustained to be a regular participant of the South African Cricket in all formats and played Test matches in spin-friendly circumstances.
In November 2012 Tahir bowled 37 overs in a Test match against Australia, with no wickets for 260 runs the worst bowling figures in Test match history. After the test series, he was replaced by Robin Peterson. In October 2013, Tahir made a comeback to Test cricket when he took 5 wickets in an innings for the first time in a Test match and guided South Africa to clinch victory against Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the Dubai Test, leveling the series 1–1. He took 8 wickets in the match.
At the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Tahir returned his best figures, of 4–21, in South Africa’s match against the Netherlands on 27 March 2014, and was awarded Man of the match. Tahir was joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament along with Ahsan Malik from the Netherlands, Imran and Ahsan both took 12 wickets in the tournament.
In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Tahir helped South Africa to their first-ever World Cup knockout win with a Man of the Match performance of 4-26. At the end of 2015, he was named in the ICC ODI team of the year. He was also named in the ‘Team of the tournament’ by Cricbuzz and as a reserve player in the Cricinfo XI. He was also named as the 12th man in the World ODI XI by ICC. He was also named in the ODI XI of the year 2015 by Cricinfo.
Imran Tahir One Day Internationals Performances
Imran Tahir is the spinner with the most wickets in the ICC World Cup for South Africa, with 39 wickets. Imran Tahir was the first South African and fourth overall to take 4 wickets in an innings in all three ICC events World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20. He reached 100 ODI wickets in 58 matches, the quickest such feat for South African bowlers. He was the first spinner to take over 100 wickets in ODIs for South Africa.
Most economical ten over spells by a spinner from South Africa – 10–0–14–2 against New Zealand on 4 March 2017.
Imran Tahir retirement from Cricket
In April 2019, he was so-called in South Africa’s team for the Cricket World Cup 2019. He named as the oldest player for the South Africa cricket. He played in the opening match of the tournament, against hosts England. At the age of 40 years. He bowled the opening over of the tournament, therefore becoming the first spinner to bowl the first over in a World Cup match. Tahir also took the first wicket of the World Cup, dismissing England’s Jonny Bairstow for a duck. In South Africa’s next match in the World Cup, against Bangladesh, Tahir played in his 100th ODI.
Imran Tahir retired from cricket after playing his team’s last group stage match against Australia.
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