Leg-spinner, Imran Tahir admitted it was hard to keep his emotions in check as the leg-spinner made his 100th One-Day International appearance in Sunday’s World Cup clash against Bangladesh. He is only the second specialist spinner after Nicky Boje to reach a century of ODI caps for the Proteas.
The 40-year-old is the oldest player in this edition of the World Cup and reaching the landmark of 100 matches was a sentimental moment for him. Tahir has been a spearhead of the Proteas’ attack since making his debut at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, with a career tally of 164 wickets at a strike-rate of 31.
“It feels really special. If I look back I played my first game at the 2011 World Cup, it has been an amazing journey. I always dreamt about it but I never thought I would be here one day playing in my 100th game for South Africa. It is an absolute honour to have been given the opportunity by Cricket South Africa and the lovely people from South Africa, I am grateful to everybody,” Imran Tahir said.
Tahir moved to South Africa for love, after meeting the woman who would become his wife, Sumayya, while playing for the Pakistan under-19 team at the World Cup in 1998.