South Africa’s Imran Tahir is no more in Cricket world

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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 muhammad Imran Tahir

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.

Muhammad Imran Tahir

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.

Muhammad Imran Tahir

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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South Africa’s Kagiso Hopes to keep his Ranking up in Cricket series against England

Kagiso Rabada is a South African international cricketer, who is known by the nickname KG, he is one of the best fast bowlers in South Africa cricket team and he plays domestic cricket for the Highveld Lions. He made his first South African cricket entrance in November 2014 in limited-overs before going on to make his Test entrance in November 2015. By January 2018, he had topped both the ICC ODI bowler rankings and the ICC Test bowler rankings at the age of 22. In July 2018, he became the youngest bowler to take 150 wickets in Tests at the age of 23 years.

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Kagiso Rabada

July 2016, Rabada became the first cricketer who win six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual dinner, including the prize for Cricketer of the Year. In June 2018, he again won six awards at annual dinner, including Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer and ODI Cricketer of the Year. In August 2018, Wisden named him the best young player in the cricket world.

His Domestic career

Rabada made his entrance for the Gauteng in the South Africa Cricket Provincial One-Day Competition against Border in December 2013.

He was chosen to represent South Africa Under-19 side for the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. For the triumphant South Africans, he was their best bowler claiming the second most wickets (14) in the tournament at an economy rate of 3.10. He also named the best figures of the competitions 6-25 against Australia. After that, he called “the fastest and most dreaded bowler in the competition”.

His performances in the Under-19 World Cup saw him hurled into the Lions franchise for their last two games of the Sunfoil Series season. He drew 7 wickets for 186 in these two tournaments. February 2015, He made a running record 14 wickets in a match for Lions against Dolphins, including 9 for 33 in the second innings. His best figures 14 for 105 in the franchise era of South African cricket.

February 2016, it was broadcast that he had signed a short time deal to play county cricket for Kent County Cricket Club in June and July of the English national season, passing up the opportunity of an IPL contract to gain experience in English. He played in two County Championship and six T20 matches for the county during his incantation in England. October 2018, he was honored with Jozi Stars’ squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 matches.

Indian Premier League

February 2017, Rabada was hired by the Delhi Daredevils team for the 2017 IPL for INR 50 million. 

International career

Rabada made his Twenty20 International entrance for South Africa against Australia on 5 November 2014.

He made his One Day International entrance for South Africa against Bangladesh on 10 July 2015, achieving the best figures of 6/16 on the entrance. He also became only the second player, after Taijul Islam, to take a hat-trick on the entrance in an ODI match. He made his Test entrance for South Africa against India on 5 November 2015. In the 4th Test of ENG 2015–16 tour of South Africa, he finished with figures of 13-144 helping his team win the game. In the process, he became the youngest South African to take a ten-wicket drag in a Test, and the figures were his team’s second-best ever, after Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132.

Rabada’s first ten-wicket haul in a Test match came in 2016 against England during the 4th Test at Centurion. He took 13 wickets in the match, including two five-wicket hauls, and returned his best innings bowling figures of 7-112 in the England first innings.

For his performances in 2016, he was named in the World ODI XI by ICC. He was also named in Test XI of the year 2016 by Cricinfo.  His 2nd ten wickets in 2017 against Sri Lanka at Cape Town. During his 1st Test at Lord’s in South Africa’s 2017 trip of England, he was suspended for the second Test at Trent Bridge following an altercation with Ben Stokes after dismissing Stokes on the first day.

Rabada took 4-39 in the third ODI match of the South African tour in England in 2017. Following his performance in the match, he became top-ranked ODI bowler in the world displacing countryman Imran Tahir as per the ICC ODI bowler rankings and became the youngest player to top the ODI rankings since Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998.

He was selected in Test XI of the year 2017 by Cricinfo.

Kagiso Rabada

During the first test of India’s trip of South Africa in 2018 at Newlands, he took 3-34 and 2-41 in the first and second innings. Rabada became top-ranked Test bowler in the world as per the ICC Test bowler rankings displacing England bowler James Anderson.

In the second test match against Australia, he took 11 wickets for 150 runs ultimately winning the man of the match awards. This performance earned him the top spot in ICC Test bowler rankings with 902 points, standing 15 points above James Anderson. He became the 4th South African bowler.

July 2018 during his first test against Sri Lanka, he exceeded the record of Harbhajan Singh to become the youngest bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket and also became the third-fastest South African cricketer to reach 150 test wickets in 31 matches.

In the year of 2018, Rabada took the most wickets in Tests by any bowler, with 52 dismissals. For his performances in 2018, he was named in the World Test XI by the ICC and Cricinfo.

March 2019, Rabada took his 100th wicket in ODIs in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka. In April 2019, he was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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