South Africa’s veteran spinner Imran Tahir is ready for bidding adieu to the ODI cricket by playing his farewell match against Australia at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday (July 6). The star leg-spinner also ready that he is a bit sad, however, upbeat to end his career on a good note.
Thus, the Proteas last league game of the World Cup against Kangaroos will be his final ODI and overall 107th for South Africa. The star bowler is also optimistic about Proteas good future following a premature exit at the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
“I’m not worried about (the) future of the team — there are a lot of youngsters. I strongly believe there is lots of talent but they just need experience and then they’ll get to the stage where everyone wants to see South African cricket. People expect higher and a lot from us -– this World Cup was totally different but I’m pretty sure things will be fine for South Africa,” AFP quoted, Tahir as saying.
Imran Tahir finds it hard on his farewell game:
Before bowing out from the international cricket, Tahir has eked out 172 scalps in the 50-over fold. He is hopeful of delivering well against reigning World Cup champions in Manchester, to give himself a satisfaction of culminating thing on a high for South Africa.
With South Africa set to miss their seasoned campaigner Tahir, fans will equally miss his trademark wicket-taking celebration. Known for his antics too, Tahir has further carved out a niche for the Proteas since he made his ODI debut in February 2011.
All in all, Tahir wants to do his best for the team.
“It’s a big moment of my life –- I always wanted to play cricket and play as long as I could and now is the right time to go. It will be quite a hurtful and sad moment for me but I’ve prepared myself for that, so hopefully, it will go well for me and the team,” he said.
South Africa keen to end on a high, so as, Tahir:
Also, the 40-year-old Lahore-born cricketer has expressed disappointment with the way Proteas had a disastrous run at the World Cup in England.
The prominent bowler has also expressed gratitude to the people who have played a supporting role in shaping up his career.
“As a team, we need to think about finishing on a good note. It makes me feel very sad and emotional that I’m going to leave. It was always my dream to play international cricket and I’m really grateful to everyone who helped me along on the way. They accepted me for who I was, the guy who came from overseas,” Tahir added.
Tahir is the second leading wicket-taker for South Africa at the ongoing World Cup. Until now, he clinched ten wickets under his belt in eight matches, so far. Bowling all-rounder, Chris Morris tops the Proteas wicket-taking bowlers’ charts with 12 in seven games.