South Africa's Imran Tahir to retire from ODIs

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05 Mar 2019

Imran Tahir to retire from ODIs post World Cup 2019

South African leg-spinner, Imran Tahir announced on Monday that he would be retiring from the 50-over format of the game, with the ICC World Cup 2019 being his last venture.

The Proteas, who have never won the World Cup, would now be wondering if they can clinch the title for the first time to give Tahir the perfect send-off.

Here's more about his career.

Who is Tahir?

The Qalandar from Lahore

The Qalandar from Lahore

Born in Lahore, Tahir is a Pakistan-born cricketer.

He is a leg-spinner who is known for his googlies. Although Tahir played domestic cricket for Pakistan, he never made it to the national side.

He had a short stint in England, where he played for Middlesex and Yorkshire.

In 2007, he moved to South Africa, where he played for Titans, before eventually settling down.

It would an achievement to play World Cup: Tahir

On his plans, Tahir said, "It would be a great achievement for me to play (in the World Cup) for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup."

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ODI dominator

Phenomenal stats in ODIs

Tahir has enjoyed a phenomenal run in the ODIs so far.

He has played 95 matches and claimed 156 wickets at an average of 24.56 and an economy of 4.65.

His best performance (7/45) came in 2016 against the Windies, while he has six four-wicket hauls and three five-wicket hauls.

Tahir was also the second highest wicket-taker, for South Africa, in World Cup 2011.

ODI records

The man with records

The man with records

Tahir is surrounded by a number of records, as in October 2018, he became the oldest man to claim a hat-trick in ODIs.

He also became the first bowler from South Africa to claim more than six wickets, twice, in an ODI.

He also delivered the most economical spell by a South African in an ODI, with the figures of 2/14.

Ideal replacement

Who could replace him in the ODIs?

South Africa always had a dearth of quality spinners and the side still lags behind in the department, barring Tahir.

As for now, Tabraiz Shamsi looks to be the ideal fit in the squad to replace him, and being a chinaman, he has a good chance of making an impact, especially in the World Cup.

Apart from Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj could be the other.

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Is Tahir currently in the ODI squad against S Lanka?

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Yes, Tahir also played the opening ODI, claiming 3/26.

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Tahir currently plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL, who are the reigning champions.

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February 24, 2011, Tahir made his international debut against West Indies in an ODI.

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Tahir plays for Multan Sultans in the PSL.

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