Imran Tahir has been a great ODI bowler for South Africa in the last few years. His overall record reflects that as well. He will retire from the international cricket at the culmination of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. As South Africa have already failed to make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, they will play their last game against Australia on Sunday. It will be Tahir's last appearance in the South African jersey.
Tahir is quite emotional that he will not play for South Africa again. “As a team, we need to think about finishing on a good note,” he said. “But 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.
He added, “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. 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.
Tahir has taken 10 wickets in eight games of the World Cup so far. His economy rate has been 4.70. The leg-spinner has been of the bright spots of South Africa's World Cup campaign. The Pakistan-born spinner has taken 172 wickets in 106 ODIs for the Proteas and has an average of 24.63 to go with an economy of 4.63.