Tatenda Taibu

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Tatenda Taibu
Personal information
Full name Tatenda Taibu
Born (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 33)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Nickname Tibbly
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
Role Wicketkeeper
Relations Kudzai Taibu (brother)
International information
National side
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
Years Team
2008–2012 Mountaineers
2008 Kolkata Knight Riders
2006–2007 Namibia
2005–2006 Cape Cobras
2000–2005 Mashonaland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 28 150 114 231
Runs scored 1,546 3,393 6,804 5,426
Batting average 30.31 29.25 38.22 30.82
100s/50s 1/12 2/22 12/39 5/35
Top score 153 107* 175* 121*
Balls bowled 48 84 924 569
Wickets 1 2 22 14
Bowling average 27.00 30.50 19.59 30.71
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/27 2/42 8/43 4/25
Catches/stumpings 57/5 114/33 295/29 196/55
Source: Cricinfo, 14 February 2012

Tatenda Taibu (born 14 May 1983) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. He played in the key dual role of wicketkeeper-batsman. On 6 May 2004, he became the youngest Test captain in history, when he captained his team against Sri Lanka.[1] On 10 July 2012 Taibu, aged only 29, decided to quit cricket and focus on his work in church.[2][3]

International career[edit]

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.[4]

He took a two-year break for Zimbabwe in from 2005 to 2007 when he played a season as the captain of Namibia and another season for the Cape Cobras in South Africa.

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.

On 20 February 2008, Taibu's contract was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League.

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.[5]

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.[6] He scored half-centuries in each of the three Tests.[7]

On 10 July 2012, Tatenda Taibu called time on his career aged 29.[3] 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.”

Tatenda currently plays for Hightown St. Mary's CC in the Second Division of the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition.


Career summary[edit]

He scored 1546 runs in Tests with 57 catches and five stumpings, while making 3393 runs in ODIs with 114 catches and 33 stumpings.[3] He finishes as Zimbabwe’s fourth highest run-scorer in ODIs with the second most number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper, behind Andy Flower.


Test Debut: vs West Indies, Bulawayo, 2001
Latest Test: vs South Africa, Centurion, 2004–2005

  • 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

One-day internationals[edit]

ODI Debut: vs West Indies, Harare, 2001
Latest ODI: vs Kenya at Kolkata, India 20 March 2011

  • 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.[8]
  • 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.



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Preceded by
Heath Streak
Zimbabwean Test captain
Succeeded by
Terrence Duffin
Preceded by
Louis Burger
Namibia List A captain
Succeeded by
Louis Burger