Proteas spin-bowler Imran Tahir is celebrating his 41st birthday today. To celebrate the day the star spinner was born we share some fun facts about the spin magician with you.
- Imran Tahir was born in Lahore, Pakistan.
- Tahir started working at the age of 16 as a retail salesman at Lahore’s Pace Shopping Mall earning a very small salary to support his family.
- Imran Tahir met his now wife Sumayya when he toured South Africa as a U-19 Pakistan player. He wrote letters to her for 10 years before finally convincing her to marry him. In order to be with Sumayya, Imran left Pakistan and moved to South Africa. He played domestic cricket in South Africa for 5 years before he was called up to play for the Proteas as a South African citizen.
- Imran Tahir and his wife Sumayya have a son Gibran.
- Imran Tahir has represented more than 27 cricket teams in the world, including Pakistan U19, Pakistan A, Hampshire, the Dolphins, the Rising Pune Supergiants and the Proteas.
- Imran Tahir currently plays for South Africa in T20 internationals. He also plays for the Dolphins (who are based in Durban) the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League, the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premiere League, the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premiere League and Surry in the Vitality t20 Blast.
- Tahir is a world-class record-breaker, and the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI. He achieved this in June 2016. He is also the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets. He achieved this in 58 matches. Tahir became the fastest South African to reach 50 T20 International wickets on the February 17 this year, and on March 4 he recorded the most economical figures by a South African spinner in an ODI, taking two wickets for 14 runs from 10 overs against New Zealand.
- Imran Tahir has taken the most wickets by a leg spinner for South Africa in ODI cricket. He has taken 173 wickets during his 107 ODIs.
- Imran Tahir made his ODI debut for the Proteas in February 2011 against the West Indies, getting four wickets in the match.
- He made his Test debut against Australia in Cape Town in November 2011.