Tatenda Taibu

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Tatenda Taibu
Personal information
Full nameTatenda Taibu
Born (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 35)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
BattingRight handed
BowlingRight arm medium
RelationsKudzai Taibu (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 52)19 July 2001 v West Indies
Last Test26 January 2012 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 64)23 June 2001 v West Indies
Last ODI9 February 2012 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.44
T20I debut (cap 14)12 September 2007 v Australia
Last T20I14 February 2012 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2008Kolkata Knight Riders
2005–2006Cape Cobras
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] In December 2018, it was reported that he was making a return to cricket.[5]

Domestic career[edit]

On 20 February 2008, Taibu's contract was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League. As well as that he has played four games for Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club of New Zealand

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.[6]

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.[7]

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]

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.[9] He scored half-centuries in each of the three Tests.[10]

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)[11]


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.[12] 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.[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. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Taibu retires, will pursue religion". Wisden India. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Tatenda Taibu plans comeback to professional cricket". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  6. ^ "What a waste - May 14 down the years". CricInfo. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/south-africa-v-zimbabwe-2010/content/current/story/482260.html
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe vs Canada, ICC World Cup 2011".
  9. ^ "Zimbabwe board upset at Taibu comments". supersport.com. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / T Taibu / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | / | Zimbabwe | One-Day Internationals | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  12. ^ Moonda, Firdose (June 22, 2016). "The return of Tatenda Taibu". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Moonda, Firdose (September 27, 2017). "Jarvis leaves Lancashire to resume Zimbabwe career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved September 27, 2017.

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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