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Tatenda Taibu

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Zimbabwe, Africa XI, Namibia, Mashonaland A, Mountaineers, Mashonaland, Northerns (Zim), Southern Rocks, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Inv XI, Kolkata, Zimbabwe Under-19
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | WicketKeeper
Home country:
Zimbabwe
Born:
May 14, 1983, Harare

Profile

Tatenda Taibu’s talent with the gloves was evident from his schooling days when aged just 16, he was called up to Zimbabwe’s national team for a trip to England as a cover for Andy Flower, even before he had played first-class cricket.

An ODI debut followed in 2001 but in his initial ten ODI innings, Taibu was a disaster with the bat reaching double figures just once with four ducks during the same period. However, it was his impressive work behind the stumps coupled with selectors looking to reduce the enormous workload on Andy, which saw the glove man getting an extended run in the team. Their faith was repaid as the youngster showed first signs of his improved batting with a half century in a Test against Pakistan. But his work behind the stumps grabbed all eyeballs, as with his quick reflexes, acrobatic abilities and awareness of situations, Taibu had a knack of creating something from nothing. He soon became integral to the Zimbabwean team featuring in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup and following Heath Streak’s shock resignation from captaincy in 2004, was handed the reins. He went on to have a disastrous outing as captain, leading a team replete with rookies and it signified one of the worst phases in Zimbabwean cricket. The pressure finally took its toll on the diminutive batsman who announced his resignation from captaincy and retired from cricket in 2005, only to return after a two-year hiatus.

A busy player, Taibu had a fetish for cross batted strokes and sweeps with a bulk of his runs coming in singles and twos. However, Zimbabwe’s underachieving nature over the years hasn’t helped him grow on the personal front. Aged 29, Taibu put an end to an international career that lasted 11 years, in which he became the youngest Test captain in the history of the game. The decision came as a surprise as just hours ago, he was named in Zimbabwe’s provisional squad for the 2012 World Twenty20.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 28 54 1546 3 30.31 41.42 1 12 153
ODI 150 137 3393 21 29.25 67.58 2 22 107*
T20 17 15 259 6 28.77 100.77 0 0 45*
IPL 3 3 31 0 10.33 119.23 0 0 15
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 28 1 48 27 1 1/27 / 27 3.37 0 0 0 0
ODI 150 2 84 61 2 2/42 / 30.5 4.35 0 0 0 1
T20 17 2 24 41 0 0/20 / - 10.25 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 57 5 0
ODI 114 33 11
T20 6 5 0
IPL 1 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 10 0 9 0 1 0
ODI 29 2 27 0 0 6.9

Career

Span:
Test:
2001-2012
 
ODI:
2001-2012
 
T20:
2007-2012
 
IPL:
2008-2008
Test
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs West Indies at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo - Jul 19, 2001
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand at McLean Park, Napier - Jan 26, 2012
ODI
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs West Indies at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Jun 23, 2001
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand at McLean Park, Napier - Feb 09, 2012
T20
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town - Sep 12, 2007
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton - Feb 14, 2012
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - May 08, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Delhi at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - May 13, 2008
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