Imran Tahir, who is regarded as one of the best T20 spinners to have played for South Africa, is currently dreaming of playing the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled in India. Speaking to Khaleejtimes, Tahir spoke about the role of IPL and also appreciated the love which South African people gave him. Read more - Debutant's Magnificent century spiced up the test match as SL gave West Indies a mammoth target of 375
When asked about whether he is hoping to play in the T20 World Cup, Tahir said that he is always hopeful. He said, "I am always hopeful. That’s my dream. Anytime South Africa needs me, I am available for them. They are looking at my performances wherever I go, and play cricket. And IPL, I am always very excited to join the Chennai Super Kings."
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He further added, "I will try to play as many games as I can. If I get that opportunity, I need to perform to put pressure on selectors in South Africa."
Tahir is also known for his unique celebration after he takes a wicket. He just goes on sprinting along the ground and that's some thing everyone is fond of, including him. The 41-year-old revealed the reason behind his celebration, stating that all the emotions come out spontaneously and that's why he just goes running.
"The area where I grew up in Lahore, you know, it was a very humble background. So I come from there and played international cricket finally after lots of ups and downs. I always used to think that if one day the world saw my talent, I would express my feelings to them. I think all those tough situations I was in, I think those were stored in my body. And I think they just come out spontaneously," he added.
Tahir initially played cricket for Pakistan and when he toured South Africa with the under-19 team, he fell in love with his wife. Explaining the reason why he decided to play for South Africa, Tahir said, "What happened was I knew my wife for a very long time. But then she never wanted to marry a guy from overseas because she grew up in South Africa."
"I knew the family, then slowly I built a relationship and that took me over eight years. They agreed that we can get married," he added.
"Then I went for a trial because she wanted me to play in South Africa because she grew up there. It was difficult for her to move to another country whereas I always was a traveler, having played in so many places."
"I wanted to make the sacrifice because I wanted to marry her, and then she helped me a lot. Just before we got married, I got the contract. Things were a little bit tough in the first two years, but then that’s how it started. I played five years of first class cricket in South Africa. And then I finally got picked for South Africa," Tahir concluded.
(with excerpts from KhaleejTimes)