Imran Tahir

Country: South Africa
Born: March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler

Imran Tahir Bio

Mohammad Imran Tahir is a renowned cricket player hailing from South Africa. Born on March 27, 1979, in Lahore, Pakistan, he made a significant decision to move to South Africa via the UK, all for the sake of love. Tahir had fallen in love with Sumayya, whom he met during the 1998 Under-19 World Cup, and decided to make South Africa his new home.

Tahir’s cricketing journey is notable for his stint with over 25 teams, spread across various countries. He played for four English counties, three South African franchises, and an IPL team, showcasing his talent and prowess in different leagues and formats. Throughout his career, Tahir has been widely recognized as one of the finest limited-overs leg-spinners of his era.

Despite not initially being groomed as a leg-spinner, Tahir quickly established himself in the first-class setup upon his arrival in South Africa. His impressive performances earned him a call-up to the South African Test squad during their home series against England in January 2010. Unfortunately, the call-up was short-lived as it was discovered that Tahir was not yet eligible to represent South Africa. Undeterred, he continued to excel in domestic cricket, consistently taking wickets during the 2010-11 season, and eventually became a naturalized citizen.

Tahir’s debut in international cricket came during the 2011 World Cup, where he made an immediate impact for South Africa. Finishing as the team’s second-highest wicket-taker, he showcased his skills and proved his worth on the global stage. This impressive start paved the way for his Test debut against Australia in Cape Town later that year. Despite facing challenges adapting to the Test format in a pace-heavy pack and unfavorable pitch conditions, Tahir continued to persevere.

However, his struggles came to a head during the Adelaide Test against Australia in November 2012. Tahir endured a forgettable performance, recording figures of 0 for 260, the most expensive returns for a Test match without a wicket. Consequently, he was dropped from the team. It appeared that Tahir’s experiment in the Test arena had come to an end.

His fortunes took a positive turn during South Africa’s tour to the UAE in October 2013, where Tahir faced his former countrymen. He seized the opportunity and claimed his maiden Test five-for in Dubai. Although this achievement did not secure a permanent place in the Test team, Tahir discovered his niche in limited-overs cricket. He excelled in containing the opposition in the middle-overs while simultaneously taking crucial wickets.

Tahir’s rise in the limited-overs formats coincided with South Africa’s recovery after the 2015 World Cup. Renowned for his control and craft, he gained a reputation as a reliable bowler during the middle overs of matches. By April 2016, Tahir climbed the ICC bowler rankings and secured the second position in the T20 format, showcasing his dominance in the shorter format of the game.

Throughout his career, Tahir’s passionate and exuberant celebrations have become a trademark of his character on the field. His longer and animated displays of jubilation are distinct and memorable. Off the field, Tahir is known to be a feisty personality who takes immense pride in his craft.

Mohammad Imran Tahir’s journey from Pakistan to South Africa symbolizes not only his love for the game of cricket but also his unwavering commitment to his personal life. With a range of variations and a deadly googly as his signature weapon, Tahir continues to leave his mark on the sport, captivating fans around the world with his exceptional talent and unwavering determination.

Imran Tahir Career Stats

Imran Tahir Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 20 23 9 130 29* 9.28 235 55.31 0 0 18 1 8 0
T20Is 38 4 3 19 9* 19 18 105.55 0 0 1 1 7 0
ODIs 107 36 16 157 29 7.85 225 69.77 0 0 21 1 25 0
FC 194 246 62 2617 77* 14.22 - - 0 4 - - 82 0
List A 239 79 27 494 41* 9.5 - - 0 0 - - 57 0
T20s 399 82 42 345 23 8.62 324 106.48 0 0 28 12 95 0

Imran Tahir Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 20 37 3925 2294 57 5/32 8/130 40.24 3.5 68.8 1 2 0
T20Is 38 38 845 948 63 5/23 5/23 15.04 6.73 13.4 2 2 0
ODIs 107 104 5541 4297 173 7/45 7/45 24.83 4.65 32 7 3 0
FC 194 - 38291 20882 784 8/42 - 26.63 3.27 48.8 - 53 11
List A 239 - 11434 8860 369 7/45 7/45 24.01 4.64 30.9 15 7 0
T20s 399 382 8494 9838 494 5/23 5/23 19.91 6.94 17.1 10 3 0

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