Imran Tahir

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Imran Tahir
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Tahir playing for South Africa against Somerset in July 2012.
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Imran Tahir
Born (1979-03-27) 27 March 1979 (age 36)
Lahore, Pakistan
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 310) 9 November 2011 v Australia
Last Test 26 December 2014 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 102) 24 February 2011 v West Indies
Last ODI 24 March 2015 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 99
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011 & 2014 Hampshire (squad no. 42)
2010–2012 Dolphins (squad no. 10)
2010 Warwickshire
2008–2009 Hampshire
2007–2009 Titans
2007 Yorkshire
2004–2005 Staffordshire
1998–99, 2004–07 Water & Power Development Authority
1996–2006 Lahore
2005/06 Lahore Lions
2001–04 Sui Northern Gas
2002–03 Sialkot
2003 Middlesex
1999–2000 REDCO Pakistan Limited
2012–present Lions
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 16 32 174 139
Runs scored 109 52 2,341 359
Batting average 12.11 13.00 14.45 12.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/4 0/0
Top score 29* 23* 77* 41*
Balls bowled 3,355 1,610 34,430 6,169
Wickets 43 59 711 207
Bowling average 46.39 19.81 26.41 22.62
5 wickets in innings 1 0 48 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 10 n/a
Best bowling 5/32 5/45 8/76 5/27
Catches/stumpings 7/– 7/– 75/– 29/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 February 2015

Mohammad Imran Tahir (Urdu: محمد عمران طاہر; born 27 March 1979) is a Pakistani-born South African cricketer. A leg break bowler and right-handed batsman, Tahir currently plays for the Highveld Lions in South Africa and played for Hampshire in the 2011 English county cricket season.He also represents Delhi Daredevils in IPL.

As well as his first-class career in Pakistan, Tahir has had short spells with Yorkshire[1] and Middlesex in county cricket as well as playing for Staffordshire in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship.

While Tahir has represented Pakistan Under-19 cricket team's and Pakistan A, he failed to win full international honours for Pakistan. Tahir is married to Sumayya Dildar,[2][3] a South African of Indian descent, and has represented South Africa after becoming eligible to play for them when he met his four-year residence requirement in April 2009.[4]

Tahir was a member of Hampshire's 2009 Friends Provident Trophy winning squad, taking 2/50 from 10 overs in the final against Sussex. Tahir made his career high score of 77 not out in a County Championship match against Somerset on 28 August 2009.[5]

For the 2010 season Hampshire signed Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis, replacing Tahir for the season. Tahir represented Warwickshire for the 2010 season, although he is contracted to play for Hampshire from the 2011 season onwards.

Tahir made his 100th first-class appearance in the 2009/2010 SuperSport Series when the Titans played the Lions. On 8 January Tahir was called up to the South Africa squad in their Test series against England although he was then withdrawn one day later after Cricket South Africa revealed that he was not eligible to play.[6]

At the end of the 2009/10 season, Tahir moved from the Titans to the Dolphins. This was due to a lack of first-class cricket with the club, who preferred to play 23-year-old leg-spinner Shaun von Berg. When Tahir was called into South Africa's squad for the final Test against England, national coach Mickey Arthur said "I'm not entirely sure what the issues are between him and the Titans, but the Titans obviously aren't going to pick him because they'd rather pick the young leggie they have". He holds the record for representing highest number of teams (27) in the world.[7] He moved to the Highveld Lions in 2012.

International career[edit]

Tahir qualified for South Africa on 1 January 2011, and was selected by them for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[8] Although he was part of South Africa's squad to play a five-match ODI series against India before the World Cup, Tahir did not make his debut. Captain Graeme Smith explained that this was because "[Tahir] is someone we want to keep fresh and we didn't want to give people the opportunity to see too much of him."[9]

Imran Tahir debuted for South Africa in a match against the West Indies on 24 February 2011 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. He took 4 wickets for 41 runs in 10 overs during his debut match.[10]

In November 2012 Tahir bowled 37 overs in a Test match against Australia, with no wickets for 260 runs – the worst bowling figures in Test match history.[11] After the test, he was dropped and replaced by Robin Peterson. In October 2013 the Pakistani origin Tahir made a comeback to test cricket when he took 5 wickets in an innings for the first time in a test match and guided South Africa to clinch victory against Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the Dubai Test, thus levelled the series 1–1. He took 8 wickets in the match.[12]

At the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Tahir bowled his best figures of 4–21 in South Africa's nail-bite match against the Netherlands on 27 March 2014, and was awarded Man of the match. Imran Tahir was South Africa's highest wicket taker in the tournament. Tahir also was joint highest wicket taker with Ahsan Malik from the Netherlands, both took 12 wickets in the tournament.[13]

Tahir joined the Delhi Daredevils squad for the 2014 IPL, following the injury of fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.

T20 Cricketer of the Year: Imran Tahir. Imran Tahir was South African international Twenty20 player of the year at the Cricket South Africa awards. [14]

In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Tahir helped South Africa to their first ever World Cup knockout win with a Man of the Match performance of 4-26.[15]


Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/32 12  Pakistan DSC Cricket Stadium Dubai U.A.E 2013

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/45 33  West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Australia 2015


One day Internationals[edit]

  • Imran Tahir has taken the most wickets by a leg spinner for South Africa in ODI cricket, passing Paul Adams. Paul Adams managed 29 wickets in 24 matches in his career and Tahir passed that record in 15 matches and currently took 70 wickets.[citation needed]

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

  • T20 Cricketer of the Year for South Africa 2013
  • Imran Tahir has taken the most wickets by a leg spinner for South Africa, and currently sits on 21 wickets.
  • Imran Tahir has the best bowling figures for any spinner in Twenty20 International cricket for South Africa. His 4/21 against Netherlands beat Johan Botha's best of 3/16.
  • Imran Tahir was involved in the highest 10th wicket partnership for South Africa in T20 cricket. Tahir contributed 8 runs and Lonwabo Tsotsobe 1 run. The partnership was 10* unbeaten vs the Netherlands.

Twenty20 International[edit]

5 best bowling figures for Tahir in T20 Internationals:

Imran Tahir record in Twenty20 International
Number Date Versus Ground Figures Economy Result of match Overs bowled Batting score Catches Tournament Scorecard Match notes
1 27 Mar 2014  Netherlands Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 4/21 5.25 SA Won 4 9* 0 ICC World Twenty20 [16] Man of the match.
2 22 Mar 2014  Sri Lanka Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 3/26 6.50 SA Lost 4 8* 0 ICC World Twenty20 [17] Best Bowler for SA
3 9 Jan 2015  West Indies Newlands Cricket Ground 3/28 7.00 SA lost 4 Did not bat. 0 West Indian cricket team in South Africa in 2014–15 [18] Best Bowler for SA.
4 13 Nov 2013  Pakistan DSC Cricket Stadium 2/17 4.25 SA Won 4 Did not bat. 0 South African cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2013–14 [19] -
5 15 Nov 2013  Pakistan DSC Cricket Stadium 2/21 5.25 SA Won 4 Did not bat. 1 South African cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2013–14 [20] -
14 Mar 2014  Australia SuperSport Park 2/21 5.25 SA Lost 4 Did not bat. 1 Australian cricket team in South Africa in 2013–14 [21] Best Bowler for SA

One Day International[edit]

List of four or more wicket hauls for Tahir in one day Internationals:[22]

Imran Tahir record in One Day International
Number Date Versus Ground Figures Economy Result of match Overs bowled Batting score Catches Tournament Scorecard Match notes
1 27 February 2015  West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground 5/45 4.50 SA Won 10 Did not bat. 0 2015 Cricket World Cup [23] Best Bowler for SA
2 18 March 2015  Sri Lanka Sydney Cricket Ground 4/26 3.12 SA won 8.2 Did not bat 1 2015 Cricket World Cup [24] Man of the match
3 21 January 2015  West Indies Buffalo Park 4/28 3.65 SA Won 7.4 Did not bat. 0 West Indian cricket team in South Africa in 2014–15 [25] Best Bowler for SA
4 6 Mar 2011  England M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 4/38 4.38 SA lost 8.4 1* 1 2011 Cricket World Cup [26] Best Bowler for SA
5 24 February 2011  West Indies Feroz Shah Kotla Ground 4/41 4.10 SA won 10 Did not bat. 1 2011 Cricket World Cup [27] ODI debut.
6 6 November 2013  Pakistan Sheikh Zayed Stadium 4/53 5.30 SA won 10 Did not bat. 1 South African cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2013–14 [28] Best bowler for SA


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ "How Tahir's world spun around love for Sumayya". 
  3. ^ "An Eye on the Ball". The Mercury (South Africa). 22 October 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  4. ^ article
  5. ^ "Tahir leaves Somerset battling to save game". Bristol Evening Post. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Imran Tahir Withdrawn From South African Test Squad". 9 January 2010. 
  7. ^ McGlashan, Andrew (11 January 2010), Confusion reigns over Tahir exclusion, Cricinfo, retrieved 2010-01-12 
  8. ^ "Tahir and van Wyk picked for World Cup – Yahoo! Eurosport". Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  9. ^ Moonda, Firdose (24 January 2011). "South Africa roll the dice game". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "South Africa vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2011". Cricket Archives. 
  11. ^ "Worst. Bowling. Figures. Ever!". The Age. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
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