Seems like the end of the World Cup 2019 will bring a stream of dismay for cricket enthusiast across the world as renowned personalities plan to bid adieu to international cricket. Reportedly, after Chris Gayle - who earlier announced his plan to retire from international cricket - South African leg-spinner, Imran Tahir has highlighted his decision to retire from the 50-over format on Monday.
The team who never have had the fortune to smell a World Cup title will hopefully use its one of the highly experienced guns for the last time at the event. The Qalandar who hails from Lahore announced his debut for South Africa in 2011 had also played domestic cricket for Pakistan. However, he never made it to the national side.
On his plans, Tahir said, "It would be a great achievement for me to play (in the World Cup) for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup."
Tahir has never failed to impress with his exceptional bowling skills in the ODIs. He has played 95 ODI matches so far securing 156 wickets at an economy and average of 4.65 and 24.56 respectively. His best performance (7/45) came in 2016 against the Windies, while he has six four-wicket hauls and three five-wicket hauls.
Tahir was also the second highest wicket-taker, for South Africa, in World Cup 2011. Once Tahir will bid adieu to the International cricket, the Proteas might have to struggle at finding a spinner who could match his caliber.
As for now, Tabraiz Shamsi looks to be the ideal fit in the squad to replace him, and being a chinaman, he has a good chance of making an impact, especially in the World Cup. Apart from Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj could be the other.
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