Picture of Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
South Africa, Dolphins, Easterns, Hampshire, Lahore City, Lahore Blues, Lahore Whites, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, REDECO, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Sui Gas Corporation, Staffordshire, Titans, Water and Power Development Authority, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Middlesex, Sialkot, Pakistan Under-19, Highveld Lions
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
58
Batting:
0
Bowling:
85
Batting:
0
Bowling:
21
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Profile

Since his first-class debut in 1996-97, Imran Tahir has constantly been on the move. Starting with Lahore in Pakistan, to Titans in South Africa, he also went on to play for the English counties of Middlesex, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Hampshire.

Throughout his career, Tahir, a leg break bowler, made sporadic appearances for each of these teams which alone suggested that he failed to stick to one place for a longer time and did not live up to his own potential. However, his first-class record was impressive and that earned him a call-up to South Africa's Test squad for their home series against England in 2010. But, on the same day the decision to include him in the side was overturned as it was found that Tahir was not eligible to play for South Africa at that point of time.

The Pakistan-born Tahir, however, continued to impress at the domestic level for Dolphins. He was finally granted South African citizenship in 2011, before being picked for the ODIs against India. Tahir made his ODI debut against West Indies in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and immediately shot to fame with his crafty leg-spin which helped him conjure figures of 4 for 41. The juggernaut continued as he scalped 14 wickets from five matches before a thumb fracture ruled him out of the tournament. However, a Test debut came later in the year against Australia, and he had a decent start to it before he endured one of the worst phases of his cricketing career in Adelaide. He was taken to the cleaners by the Australian batsmen and ended up with the worst bowling figures in the history of Test cricket - 0/260. He was dropped after that and was replaced by Robin Peterson.

Nearly a year later, a determined Tahir made his comeback in a grand manner with his maiden Test five-wicket haul against Pakistan in Dubai. He ended up with eight wickets in the match and helped South Africa level the two-match series 1-1. Fame was however, short-lived as Tahir couldn't trouble the touring Indians even a wee bit and was attacked by them in the first Test in Johannesburg.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 13 14 90 6 11.25 63.82 0 0 29*
ODI 13 5 5 3 2.5 29.41 0 0 3
T20 12 2 17 2 - 154.54 0 0 9*
CLT20 3 0 0 - 0 0 0
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 13 25 2623 1551 36 5/32 / 43.08 3.54 0 1 0 26
ODI 13 12 615 446 26 4/38 / 17.15 4.35 3 0 0 12
T20 12 12 270 261 21 4/21 / 12.42 5.8 1 0 0 8
CLT20 3 2 48 51 3 2/28 / 17 6.37 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 5 0 1
ODI 5 0 1
T20 3 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2011-2013
 
ODI:
2011-2013
 
T20:
2013-2014
 
CLT20:
2013-2013
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town - Nov 09, 2011
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Dec 18, 2013
ODI
Debut:
South Africa Vs West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Feb 24, 2011
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at SuperSport Park, Centurion - Dec 11, 2013
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Aug 02, 2013
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 04, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Highveld Lions Vs Perth Scorchers at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad - Sep 23, 2013
Last played:
Highveld Lions Vs Otago at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Sep 29, 2013
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