|Full name||Tatenda Taibu|
14 May 1983 |
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Batting style||Right handed|
|Bowling style||Right arm off spin/right arm medium|
|Relations||Kudzai Taibu (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 52)||19 July 2001 v West Indies|
|Last Test||26 January 2012 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 64)||23 June 2001 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||9 February 2012 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||44|
|Domestic team information|
|2008||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Source: Cricinfo, 14 February 2012|
Tatenda Taibu (born 14 May 1983) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a wicketkeeper and batsman, and can also bowl right arm off spin. On 6 May 2004, he became the youngest Test captain in history, when he captained his team against Sri Lanka. On 10 July 2012 Taibu, aged only 29, decided to quit cricket and focus on his work in church.
Taibu made his first-class debut at the age of 16, and his debut for the national team in 2001, at 18. In 2003, he was appointed vice-captain to Heath Streak on the team's tour of England, and he was appointed national captain in April 2004, making him the youngest Test captain in history.
He made his return to the Zimbabwean side in a series against India A in July 2007, registering a century. The following month Zimbabwe hosted South Africa for a three-game ODI series and in the final game Taibu scored a career best 107 not out. It was the first ODI century by a Zimbabwean against South Africa.
During 2010 Taibu's form continued and he scored 73 against South Africa as Zimbabwe were all out for 268. The South Africans chased down the total comfortably with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scoring centuries.
When Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket in 2011, Taibu was selected to play in their one-off Tests against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand despite making critical remarks of the country's cricket administration. He scored half-centuries in each of the three Tests.
On 10 July 2012, Tatenda Taibu called time on his career aged only 29. He said he would only do work for the church. Taibu told Zimeye: “I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord’s work, and although I am fortunate and proud to have played for my country, the time has come for me to put my entire focus on that part of my life.”
He scored 1546 runs in Tests with 57 catches and five stumpings, while making 3393 runs in ODIs with 114 catches and 33 stumpings. He finishes as Zimbabwe’s fourth highest run-scorer in ODIs with the second most number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper, behind Andy Flower.
- Taibu's best Test batting score of 153 was against Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2004–2005
- His best Test bowling figures of 1 for 27 came against Sri Lanka, Harare, 2004
- He captained Zimbabwe in ten Tests: nine losses, one draw
- Taibu holds the record for most runs in an innings without conceding a bye, when Sri Lanka scored 713/3d in 2004. Incidentally all three wickets in that innings were caught by Taibu
- Taibu's best ODI batting score of 107 not out was against South Africa, Harare, 2007
- His best ODI bowling figures of 2 for 42 came against Sri Lanka, Harare, 2004
- He captained Zimbabwe in 29 ODIs: two wins, twenty-seven losses
- He scored 98 for his side in ICC World Cup 2011 as their team won by 175 runs against Canada in Nagpur. Taibu played a splendid innings in must-win situation of World Cup.
- Became the 5th Zimbabwean to score 3,000 runs during his innings of 53 (74) against Kenya at Eden Gardens, Kolkata during the 2011 World Cup on 20 March 2011.
- Records: Youngest Test Captain cricinfo Retrieved 22 September 2011
- "Tatenda Taibu retires at 29 from cricket to serve God". 10 July 2012.
- "Taibu retires, will pursue religion". Wisden India. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "What a waste - May 14 down the years". CricInfo. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- "Zimbabwe board upset at Taibu comments". supersport.com. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- "Statistics / Statsguru / T Taibu / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- "Zimbabwe vs Canada, ICC World Cup 2011".
- Player profile: Tatenda Taibu from ESPNcricinfo
- HowSTAT! statistical profile on Tatenda Taibu
- Scorecard of one of Taibu's best games at Cricmania
- News of Taibu's resignation at Cricinfo
- Subsequent interview with Taibu at Cricinfo
|Zimbabwean Test captain
|Namibia List A captain