South African spinner Imran Tahir declared his retirement after World Cup-19. This 39 years old Pakistani born, South African leg-spinner has 156 wickets in his eight years old ODI career.
The early career
The 39 years old leg-spinner debuted for ODI on the 24th February against Windies on the World Cup-11. But the most memorable inning on his career came to him after a few years. On the 15th June 2016, Imran Tahir reaches a new milestone, becomes the first South African bowler picked 7 wickets in an ODI and also he’s the fastest 100 wicket taker as a protea bowler.
The South African spinner, has a glorified test and t-20 career as well. Though this spinner played 95 ODI but was only 20 test matches only. That provide him 57 wickets with 3.5 economy and 40.24 average. Accordingly, 37 t-20 matches provided the right-hander62 wicket with 14.95 average and 6.77 economies.
Imran Tahir to the reporter
Imran Tahir to the reporter, “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.”
The leg-spinner thinks it’s high time for this decision, “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.”
Therefore, South African spinner Imran Tahir declared his retirement after World Cup-19. Maybe this right-hander leg spinner had many more for the team. Hope he’ll flash in test and t-20 like ODI.