Full name Mohammad Imran Tahir

Born March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly


In February 2017, at age 37, Imran Tahir reached the top of limited overs cricket by becoming the No. 1 ranked ODI and T20I bowler within the world. it had been a testament to his desire to succeed at the highest level, a trait which has helped him defy age and switch it into an entire non-factor. Be it his trademark celebratory sprints after picking a wicket, or the passionately charged roars on the sector of play, Tahir’s enthusiasm has kept him going. That very love for the sport stands call at what has been an unorthodox cricketing career.

Tahir was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He learnt his trade Pakistan. He even went on to represent the Pakistan U-19 team and was also a neighborhood of the Pakistan A side on some tours. However, he did not make the transition to subsequent stage. Pakistan were blessed some quality spinners and Tahir never really made his mark at the senior level to warrant a variety .

He was a mentor though. He decided to ply his trade elsewhere. He began playing county cricket in England but didn’t stay there for long. He made another jump, this point to South Africa . Another wise move, considering South Africa’s perennial dearth of quality spinners. He even met his wife, a South African citizen of Indian origin, and settled down in South Africa .

He got his first call to the South African Test team in 2010 when England were touring, but it had been thanks to an embarrassing error by the choice committee. Tahir wasn’t eligible to play for South Africa until January, 2011. He was quickly withdrawn from the team then, but found his way back soon after becoming eligible to play.

He made his Test debut against against Australia at Cape Town in November 2011 and since then, he has been a daily a part of the squad. within the Test series against Pakistan in UAE in 2013, he wasn’t picked for the primary Test, but he came back strongly within the second by bagging a five-wicket haul on the primary day of the match game . Tahir was overlooked once more after one bad Test with the ball against India and was replaced by Robin Peterson, but he continued to try to to well within the shorter sorts of the sport . He was also the very best wicket-taker within the 2014 T20 World Cup , with 12 wickets at a mean of 10.91. He continued to be a daily member of the South African side altogether formats and played Test matches in spin-friendly conditions.

The variations at Tahir’s disposable make him almost impossible to urge away within the limited versions of the sport , where he has found great success. an equivalent couldn’t be said about Test matches though, where batsmen do not feel the necessity to travel after him and where Tahir himself hasn’t been at his consistent best.

It is impossible to predict where the finishing line are going to be for somebody like Tahir, who remains in great shape physically and who has expressed the will to stay going for as long as he can. South Africa certainly aren’t complaining. Meanwhile, Tahir has also achieved success within the various T20 Leagues across the world , notably the IPL where he has represented Delhi and Chennai. Although he has done well for both franchises, it is the Dhoni-led franchise where he has really unleashed himself because the side’s trump .

World Cup through the years..

Tahir made his ODI debut within the 2011 World Cup . He was eligible to play for South Africa in January 2011 and he was immediately selected for the ODI series against India, but was never picked within the playing eleven. Skipper, Graeme Smith, preferred to stay him as a surprise weapon for the planet Cup within the subcontinent soon after. He impressed immediately, picking 14 wickets within the five games he played at a mean of 10.71. Tahir was a part of the quarterfinal game against New Zealand, where he returned with 2 for 32 and still South Africa couldn’t chase down 221.

Fast forward four years and Tahir had become a world class bowler. He wasn’t only South Africa’s lead spinner, he was also gunning for the highest rank in ODIs and T20Is. Tahir achieved the No. 1 ranking in ODIs for the primary time in 2015, during the 2015 World Cup . He picked up 15 wickets at 21.53 and was the second highest wicket-taker for South Africa behind Morne Morkel’s 17. therein heartbreaking semifinal against New Zealand, Tahir was the foremost economical bowler – making a gift of only 40 runs in his 9 overs.

In just two editions, Tahir has become the third highest wicket-taker for South Africa in World Cups, behind only Alan Donald and Shaun Pollock. Since he has already announced his retirement after the 2019 tournament, Tahir would have liked to finish his international career with a World Cup medal. But like previous tournaments, South Africa underperformed success in yet one more ICC tournament.

Interesting fact: South Africa , Dolphins, Easterns, Hampshire, Lahore Blues, Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Middlesex, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Sialkot, Staffordshire, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan, Titans, Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiant, Chennai Super Kings, Warwickshire, Water and Power Development Authority, Yorkshire – these are the teams that Tahir has represented thus far in his career.


Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 20 23 9 130 29* 9.28 235 55.31 0 0 18 1 8 0
ODIs 107 36 16 157 29 7.85 225 69.77 0 0 21 1 25 0
T20Is 38 4 3 19 9* 19.00 18 105.55 0 0 1 1 7 0
First-class 194 246 62 2617 77* 14.22 0 4 82 0
List A 239 79 27 494 41* 9.50 0 0 57 0
T20s 290 54 32 230 23 10.45 217 105.99 0 0 15 9 66 0


Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 20 37 3925 2294 57 5/32 8/130 40.24 3.50 68.8 1 2 0
ODIs 107 104 5541 4297 173 7/45 7/45 24.83 4.65 32.0 7 3 0
T20Is 38 38 845 948 63 5/23 5/23 15.04 6.73 13.4 2 2 0
First-class 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 290 276 6203 7246 365 5/23 5/23 19.85 7.00 16.9 10 2 0


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