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Mohammad Imran Tahir (Urdu: محمد عمران طاہر; born 27 March 1979) is a Pakistani-born cricketer who plays for South Africa. A spin bowler who predominantly bowls googlies and a right-handed batsman, Tahir currently plays for the Proteas and the Lions in South Africa and Derbyshire in English county cricket. He also represents Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League.
On 15 June 2016, Tahir became the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI, and also the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets (58 matches).
On 17 February 2017, Tahir became the fastest South African to reach 50 T20I wickets.On 4 March 2017, against New Zealand he recorded the most economical figures by a South African spinner in an ODI, with 2 wickets for 14 runs from 10 overs
Imran Tahir was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and learnt the game while growing up there. Being the eldest sibling, he started working at the age of 16 as a retail salesman at Lahore’s Pace Shopping Mall on a meager salary, to support his family. His fortunes changed when he was selected during trials to represent the Pakistan U-19 cricket team, eventually progressing onto the Pakistan A side on some tours. However, he failed to make the transition to the next stage. Pakistan were blessed with some quality spinners and Tahir could not make his mark at the senior level to warrant a selection.
He began playing county cricket in England but did not stay there for long. He then moved to South Africa, which faced a perennial dearth of quality spinners. In South Africa, he played domestic cricket for five years and lived “hand-to-mouth for the first two years.” There, he also met his wife, a South African citizen of Indian origin, and settled down in the country.
Full name Mohammad Imran Tahir
Born 28 March 1979 (age 38)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right-arm spin
If you want a modern-day fairytale, look no further than Imran Tahir. He did not hail from a rich family, and had to work as a retail salesman in Pace Shopping Mall, Lahore. However, he did persist with cricket: inspired and coached by Abdul Qadir, he took to leg-spin, and made it to the Pakistan Under-19s squad for the 1996-97 tour of South Africa. He fell in love with one Sumayya Dildar there.
He played domestic cricket in Pakistan till the mid-2000s before having stints with both Middlesex and Yorkshire. He later played for Warwickshire and Hampshire as well. In between all this, he moved to South Africa and completed his four-year residence requirement in 2009, thus becoming eligible to represent the country — and married Sumayya.
He eventually made his debut in the 2011 World Cup, and from the very onset it was evident that he was special. He had a potent leg-break, had variations in pace and flight, but his most dangerous weapon was almost certainly the googly.
He lived up to his hype as a mystery spinner, taking 11 wickets from his first 3 matches. Unlike some others who bore that tag, Tahir retained that aura, troubling batsmen across the world with his incredible repertoire.
His most significant spell was his 4 for 45 in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final that knocked Sri Lanka out of the tournament. It was the first time in their history that South Africa won a knockout match in tournament. His World Cup record, 29 wickets from 13 matches at 16.31 and an economy of 4.06, bears testimony to his impact on the batsmen.
The next year he took 7 for 45 against West Indies at Basseterre, becoming the first South African to take 7 wickets in an ODI. These days he typically bowls the middle overs, putting a stranglehold on batsmen just when they decide to focus on singles.
He has spectacular T20I numbers too. Just like ODIs, he has reserved his best for the grand stage: from: his 9 World T20 appearances have fetched him 18 wickets at less than 12, and he goes for under 6 an over.
It took him six years since debut to zoom to ICC’s No. 1-ranked spot for bowlers in both ODIs and T20Is. He achieved the latter with 5 for 24 against New Zealand at Auckland in 2016-17, becoming the first South African spinner to take 5 wickets in a T20I.
His superlative performances won him plenty of offers from T20 overseas franchises, including three English counties, two IPL teams, and perhaps the sweetest of all — Lahore Lions, from the city of his birth.
Tahir has also attained cult status of sorts with his unique celebrations that involves running with a mission to perhaps reach the end of the world (thankfully, his colleagues prevent him every time), a quirk that gave rise to several internet memes. Despite his idiosyncrasies and the aggression of a fast bowler, Tahir remains an immensely popular man.
Perhaps the only glitch in his career has been his inability to eplicate his superlative limited-overs performances in Test cricket. He did have his moments (5 for 32 and 3 for 98 against Pakistan at Dubai in 2013-14, 2 for 23 and 4 for 48 at Mohali and 1 for 41 and 5 for 38 at Nagpur, both against India in 2015-16), but consistency has remained evasive.