New Zealand in SA

Proteas dream not over - Tahir

2013-01-07 17:39
Imran Tahir (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Proteas discard Imran Tahir insists there is “no chance” of throwing in the towel and giving up on his international ambitions after another impressive display with the ball for the Highveld Lions over the past weekend.

According to the website, the leg-spinner displayed superb form by taking 12-106 in 51.1 overs as the Johannesburg franchise wrapped up a convincing 252-run victory over the Dolphins in their Sunfoil Series clash in Durban.

Tahir was axed by the national selectors for the current series against New Zealand following his horror show against Australia in Adelaide during November.

Playing in his 11th Test for the Proteas, he conceded a mammoth 180 runs in 23 wicketless first innings overs, before again failing to take a wicket second time around when he went for 80 in 14 overs.

“There is no chance that I’ll give up (on getting back in the Proteas side),” Tahir said after his man of the match display against the Dolphins.

“Every game is very special for me and is taken very seriously.

“I’m still very hungry. I don’t want to sit at home and dwell too much on one bad match. I want to give 100 percent and try and get another opportunity.”

Tahir, who took 7-64 and 5-42 against the Dolphins for his 46th and 47th career five-wicket hauls respectively, does admit that a return may take some time with his immediate focus being on getting back to his best with the Lions.

“I think I just have to keep on doing things like I’ve done in this game,” he explained. “I’m not looking that far ahead too much. My aim is just to do well in first-class cricket again.

“This is the step where I need to prove myself once more before I want to go back there (to international level).

“I’ve been told I need to do that by the coaches and selectors. I am not one to shy away and say I wasn’t wrong. I admit I didn’t bowl well. I went for more than six or seven to the over in a Test match, which wasn’t great.

“Why it happened, I’m not sure. I’d never played in Australia before, it was a very flat wicket, but still I didn’t bowl well and for that I need to go back to first-class level.

“I understand what happened, it is my fault.”

Tahir’s high economy rate was heavily criticised after his last Test, while his no-ball problem - he bowled seven at the Adelaide Oval - was also amongst the issues raised.

Since his return to the Lions, both problems have seemingly been fixed with an economy of less than three and no no-balls bowled.

“I had a few issues with no-balls and economy rate,” he said. “Those are things I want to sort out.

“The coaches here Geoff (head coach Geoffrey Toyana) and Gordon (bowling chief Gordon Parsons) have been very helpful with those things.

“So I’m very grateful to them because it’s also been their hard work that has helped.”

However, his international absence will in all likelihood be a lengthy one considering that Robin Peterson has filled his boots with excellence.

But he is not ready to give up.

“If I keep taking five-fors and keep knocking on the door, then why not (believe)?

“Whether they (the selectors) pick me or not is up to them. It’s their job. My job is to do well and that’s what I’ll be concentrating on.

“It’s not the end of the world to have had one bad game. Hopefully I’ll get another chance.”

Read more on:    proteas  |  nz in sa  |  imran tahir  |  cricket

Australia lauded for CWC win

2015-03-30 09:41


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Previous Results

Date Match Result

The Proteas have crashed to their first-ever ODI series defeat against New Zealand at home. The main reason was... ?

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.