About Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir is 40 years old South African cricketer known for his bowling skills as one of the best limited-overs leg spinners. He played for over 25 teams including four English counties, three South African franchises, and one IPL team. He is presently playing the domestic game for Dolphins whereas is part of the national team in ODI and T20 formats. He has also played in many leagues including Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League, and Indian Premier League. Recently, he announced his retirement from ODI cricket following the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Imran Tahir was born on 27th March 1979 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan as Mohammad Imran Tahir. He considers Pakistan as his playing ground from where he learned cricket in early days. He was eldest in family and to meet the basic needs of the family he used to work at the age of 16 as a retail salesman. Soon he caught the eyes of selectors and got placed in the national team of Under-19 to represent Pakistan in Cup. With this, he got selected in Pakistan A side but didn’t made to
the senior level and moved to England to play county cricket. He was also not satisfied playing there so he finally made a move to South Africa playing domestic cricket for five years.
He started playing cricket for Pakistan but made an early move to England for a short stint in domestic clubs like Yorkshire and Middlesex. He was also part of Under-19 Pakistan team in Cup but decided to play for South Africa in age 26 after receiving the residence certificate from South Africa on marriage basis. He soon became the third-highest wicket-taker in the 2008-09 first-class competitions and was called upon by national team to play a home series against England in 2010. This decision was overturned the same day due to his yet eligible status to play for South Africa. He made his way back in the domestic game and tried to stay on the list of highest wicket-taker for further selections. One year later, he got his chance in the squad against India in the one-day match but debut came up in 2011 World Cup where he finished as South Africa’s second-highest wicket-taker. His Test debut came up in Cape Town against Australia where he struggled for a wicket and sadly ended up with a drop having figures 0 for 260 in Test history. He later got a chance to tour to a UAE in 2013 playing against his former countrymen. In 2014, he played for ICC World Twenty20 and got his best figures of 4-21 against the Netherlands. Next year he came up with other successful figures of 4-26 against Sri Lanka in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup further receiving the title of T20I Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards in 2017. In April 2019, he got selected in the squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup and played matches against England, Bangladesh, and Australia. He got retired from the game with JP Duminy.
• He is first South African bowler to take in seven wickets in an ODI.
• He was named after him in total 39 wickets the highest count in ICC World Cup by a spinner.
• He is the only one spinner to go for over 100 wickets in ODIs for South Africa and to make so in just 58 matches. The quickest made by a bowler.
He is in marital relationship with Sumayya Dildar since 2007.
It is estimated to be around $1.5 million.