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Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir

Full Name: Mohammad Imran Tahir

DOB: 27th Mar 1979

Batting Style: Right Handed

Bowling Style: Leg break

Team:
  • South Africa
  • Derbyshire
  • Hampshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Delhi Daredevils
  • Highveld Lions
  • Perth Scorchers
  • Duronto Rajshahi
  • South Africans
  • Dolphins
  • Rising Pune Supergiant
  • Mumbai Cricket Association XI
  • World XI
  • Multan Sultans
  • Career Stats
    Batting & Fielding
    Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
    Tests 20 23 9 130 9.29 29* 235 55.32 0 0 18 1 8 0
    ODIs 85 29 13 128 8 29 182 70.33 0 0 18 1 17 0
    T20is 36 3 2 18 18 9* 17 105.88 0 0 1 1 7 0
    First Class 194 246 61 2617 14.15 77* 3085 84.83 0 4 253 58 81 0
    List A 210 69 23 445 9.67 41* 479 92.9 0 0 46 13 47 0
    T20s 202 38 20 178 9.89 23 163 109.2 0 0 15 6 47 0
    Bowling
    Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
    Tests 20 37 3925 89 2294 57 40.25 3.51 68.86 5/32 1 2 0
    ODIs 85 83 4419 30 3450 139 24.82 4.68 31.79 7/45 6 2 0
    T20is 36 36 797 0 904 57 15.86 6.81 13.98 5/24 2 1 0
    First Class 194 326 38392 1075 20887 784 26.64 3.26 48.97 8/48 39 53 11
    List A 210 201 9922 63 7660 322 23.79 4.63 30.81 7/45 13 6 0
    T20s 202 192 4275 5 5132 236 21.75 7.2 18.11 5/24 4 1 0
    Profile

    Every squad needs a specialist spinner. However, when you hold the record for representing the most number of teams – 27 at last count, you are going to be tabbed as a journeyman. Imran Tahir’s rise to South Africa’s leading spin-bowler is nothing short of extraordinary.

     

    Tahir initially represented the Pakistan Under-19 team and then the Pakistan A team, but failed to make the nation’s senior side. Married to a South African, he now represents his adopted country, his impressive first-class figures, good strike-rate, lots of wickets and an excellent average all warranting his place in the squad.

     

    Tahir continues the tradition of leg-break bowling common in Pakistan. His debut came against West Indies in the 2011 World Cup when he picked up four wickets from his ten overs. However, against Australia in late 2012, he recorded the worst bowling figures in Test history: No wickets for 260 runs. Naturally, he was dropped.

     

    On his Test comeback, he showed his worth as a specialist. His hunger for wickets was apparent: five against Pakistan, leading South Africa to an innings win.

     

    His forte seems to be the shortest form of the game. He picked up 12 wickets in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, joint highest in the tournament, and for this he was awarded South African T20 Cricketer of the Year in 2014.

     

    In One-Day Internationals, he holds the record for the most number of wickets taken by a South African legspinner: 55 in his first 15 games, as opposed to Paul Adams who had 29 wickets in 29 matches.

     

    The advantage he brings is not simply of a bowler who is frugal, but one who comes in and takes wickets.

    Last Updated:7th Mar 2016 Author:Aman
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