Tatenda Taibu

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: May 14, 1983, Harare
Height: 5ft 5in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Tatenda Taibu Bio

Tatenda Taibu, the diminutive Zimbabwean cricketer standing at barely five feet tall, is a throwback to the traditional style of wicketkeeper. Born on May 14, 1983, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Taibu’s importance to Zimbabwean cricket became evident when he was named as the vice-captain for the 2003 tour of England at the age of just 19.

Hailing from Churchill Boys High School, Taibu showcased his natural abilities during the West Indies tour in 1999-2000, earning him a place in the England tour as a standby for Andy Flower. At this point, he had not yet played domestic first-class cricket but had impressed selectors with his outstanding skills. Despite a mix-up causing him to turn up at the wrong ground, his debut for Mashonaland had to be postponed.

Taibu’s talents were further demonstrated during the Zimbabwe U-19 tour in South Africa and were acknowledged at the 2003 World Cup, where he stood out as one of the few bright spots for Zimbabwe. A promising batsman with a knack for unconventional shots, he steadily improved his performance at both Test and ODI levels.

In April 2004, following Heath Streak’s resignation, Taibu was appointed as the captain of the Zimbabwean cricket team. Leading an inexperienced team amidst repeated heavy defeats, he led by example but faced immense pressure, both on and off the field. In the autumn of 2005, Taibu found himself at the forefront of a players’ revolt against the mismanagement of the board. His involvement in the uprising resulted in him being vilified in the domestic press and receiving threats from unsavoury elements connected to the board.

Consequently, in November 2005, Taibu announced his resignation as captain and his retirement from international cricket. This departure sent ripples throughout Zimbabwean cricket circles, as he was not only a home-grown talent but also the country’s first black captain and a world-class wicketkeeper-batsman.

Following his resignation, Taibu ventured to Bangladesh and England to continue playing cricket. However, his plans to qualify for international cricket with South Africa fell short, prompting his return to Zimbabwe in 2007. This surprising return garnered attention and raised eyebrows in the cricketing world.

Taibu finally retired from international cricket in July 2012, at the age of 29. His career spanned over a decade and was marked by ups and downs. Despite the challenges and controversies, Taibu’s contribution to Zimbabwean cricket cannot be overlooked. He remains a symbol of resilience, talent, and commitment to the sport.

Today, Tatenda Taibu’s legacy lives on in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts, his story serving as a testament to the obstacles faced by athletes in turbulent cricketing environments. With his unwavering dedication to the game and his impressive skills behind the wickets, Taibu continues to inspire future generations of Zimbabwean cricketers.

Tatenda Taibu Career Stats

Tatenda Taibu Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 28 54 3 1546 153 30.31 3732 41.42 1 12 182 7 57 5
T20Is 17 15 6 259 45* 28.77 257 100.77 0 0 19 2 6 5
ODIs 150 137 21 3393 107* 29.25 5020 67.58 2 22 235 32 114 33
FC 121 208 20 7067 175* 37.59 - - 12 40 - - 318 31
List A 231 213 37 5426 121* 30.82 - - 5 35 - - 196 55
T20s 48 45 10 887 89 25.34 834 106.35 0 5 63 13 27 13

Tatenda Taibu Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 28 1 48 27 1 1/27 1/27 27 3.37 48 0 0 0
T20Is 17 2 24 41 0 - - - 10.25 - 0 0 0
ODIs 150 2 84 61 2 2/42 2/42 30.5 4.35 42 0 0 0
FC 121 - 972 455 25 8/43 - 18.2 2.8 38.8 1 1 0
List A 231 - 569 430 14 4/25 4/25 30.71 4.53 40.6 1 0 0
T20s 48 2 24 41 0 - - - 10.25 - 0 0 0

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