Tatenda Taibu

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Tatenda Taibu
Personal information
Full name Tatenda Taibu
Born (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 34)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Nickname Tibbly
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Batting Right handed
Bowling 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
T20I debut (cap 14) 12 September 2007 v Australia
Last T20I 14 February 2012 v New Zealand
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 T20I LA
Matches 28 150 17 231
Runs scored 1,546 3,393 259 5,426
Batting average 30.31 29.25 28.77 30.82
100s/50s 1/12 2/22 0/0 5/35
Top score 153 107* 45* 121*
Balls bowled 48 84 24 569
Wickets 1 2 0 14
Bowling average 27.00 30.50 - 30.71
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/27 2/42 - 4/25
Catches/stumpings 57/5 114/33 6/5 196/55
Source: Cricinfo, 14 September 2017

Tatenda Taibu (born 14 May 1983) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer, who played all formats of the game and a former Test and ODI captain. 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][2]

On 10 July 2012 Taibu, aged only 29, decided to quit cricket and focus on his work in church.[3][4]

Domestic career[edit]

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

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.[5]

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.

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] He scored half-centuries in each of the three Tests.[9]

Taibu 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. He along with Stuart Matsikenyeri set the record partnership in ODIs for the sixth wicket for Zimbabwe(188)[10]


On 10 July 2012, Taibu called time on his career aged 29.[4] 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.[4] He finishes as Zimbabwe’s fourth highest run-scorer in ODIs with the second most number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper, behind Andy Flower.

Beyond cricket[edit]

Since his retirement, Taibu has been living in the UK. He joined Hightown St. Mary's CC in 2016 as a player-coach-development-officer in the second-division of the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition. While writing his autobiography he realised that he would have to return to Zimbabwe. In June 2016 he accepted a role as Zimbabwe Cricket's convener of selectors and development officer, with the encouragement of Peter Chingoka.

While some anticipated that, at 33, Taibu could make a comeback as a player, even as Test captain, he firmly closed the door on that possibility.[11] Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis left county deals in September 2017 to play again for Zimbabwe, fruit of Taibu's efforts to entice them back.[12]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Tatenda Taibu
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 153 18  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 14 January 2005 Drawn

ODI centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Tatenda Taibu
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 107* 87  South Africa Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 26 August 2007 Lost
[2] 103* 111  South Africa South Africa Benoni, South Africa Willowmoore Park 8 November 2009 Lost

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 20 April 2004 96* (151 balls, 6x4)  Sri Lanka won by 12 runs (D/L).[13]


  1. ^ Records: Youngest Test Captain cricinfo Retrieved 22 September 2011
  2. ^ "Tatenda takes guard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Tatenda Taibu retires at 29 from cricket to serve God". 10 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Taibu retires, will pursue religion". Wisden India. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "What a waste - May 14 down the years". CricInfo. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/south-africa-v-zimbabwe-2010/content/current/story/482260.html
  7. ^ "Zimbabwe vs Canada, ICC World Cup 2011". 
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe board upset at Taibu comments". supersport.com. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / T Taibu / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | / | Zimbabwe | One-Day Internationals | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Moonda, Firdose (June 22, 2016). "The return of Tatenda Taibu". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  12. ^ Moonda, Firdose (September 27, 2017). "Jarvis leaves Lancashire to resume Zimbabwe career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ "2003-2004 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka - 1st Match - Bulawayo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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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