Imran Tahir is a Pakistani-born South African cricketer who was born on 28th March 1979. Primarily a bowler, he delivers a leg-break googly and is a right-hand batsman.
Tahir, once struggling to make his name, has broken and made a significant amount of records for South Africa.
Tahir played for the U19 Pakistan cricket team but could not earn a place in the national team. He moved to England and then finally settled down in South Africa.
He played for - South Africa national team, Delhi Daredevils, Derbyshire,Dolphins, Durham 2nd XI, Easterns, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Lions, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Nottinghamshire, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Under-19s, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sialkot, South Africa A, Staffordshire, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan, Sussex 2nd XI, Titans, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI, Water and Power Development Authority, World-XI and Yorkshire - throughout his career.
The right-handed spinner made his ODI debut against West Indies during a group match at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Tahir had a memorable debut as he picked up four wickets, helping the Proteas win the match.
Tahir played his debut Test match against Australia on 09 November 2011 at Newlands. He failed to pick up a wicket in the match.
His T20 debut came against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium on August 02, 2013.
Tahir played for quite a large number of domestic teams. Firstly, he played for English teams such as Yorkshire, Middlesex, and Staffordshire, when he moved to gamble his chances in England after an unsuccessful route in Pakistan.
He then moved to South Africa and played in the domestic leagues for a few years before he was eligible to represent South Africa in 2011.
He currently plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Tahir has quite a significant number of records to his name with the most popular being the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI and fastest South African bowler to take 100 wickets in ODIs.
He won Man of the Match title four times in ODIs and four times in T20s. He made two five-wicket hauls in a Test, two in an ODI and one in T20I.