JOHANNESBURG- In the modern day cricket where leg spinners are seeing a great resurgence, a certain South African leggy, Imran Tahir, calls time on his International Career and announces his retirement from ODI cricket after Cricket World Cup 2019.
South Africa cricket made the announcement official on their twitter handle, this Monday. This announcement came after the first ODI win against Sri Lanka.
Speaking of his decision, he said:
“I have always wanted to play in the World Cup. It would be a great achievement for me to play for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup, that is why I am contracted until then.
After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the world in various leagues but I would also love to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I have the ability and can play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity,” he added.
The upcoming World Cup in England and Wales will be Tahir’s third appearance in the event.
“I would love to play for as long as I can but there is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions, this is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life. I also feel there are a couple of good spinners in the country who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the same spot, but looking to the future, they will have more opportunities to play for South Africa.”
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 4, 2019
#CSAnews The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be @ImranTahirSA's final ODI appearance. The 39-year-old will still be available for T20I but wants open up more opportunities for spinners in ODI cricket pic.twitter.com/ESifkd3Xu6
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 4, 2019
Imran Tahir, now 39, made his ODI debut against the Windies in Delhi, 2011. Having represented the Green Shirts in 95 matches, he has bagged 156 wickets at an average of 24.56. He also holds a decent economy rate of 4.65 and holds three five-wicket hauls in this format. Tahir has also made 20 appearances in the 5-day format taking 57 wickets. In T20s, he has gotten 62 wickets in 37 matches.
In his International Cricket Career, Imran Tahir has achieved some great milestones and accolades
- First South African bowler to take 7 wickets in an ODI.
- Fastest to 100 ODI wickets for the Proteas. (58 matches)
- Fastest South African to reach 50 T20I wickets.
- Only the fourth South African to take a hat-trick in ODIs.
- He has been ranked the No. 1 bowler in both ODIs and T20Is in 2017.
What do you think of this decision? Is he right to take retirement or should he be playing more after the World Cup? Let us know in the comments.
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