Tahir working on foot faults

2011-02-24 16:32

New Delhi - South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir enjoyed a four-wicket debut on Thursday, but his World Cup bow was almost shattered by a double warning for running on the pitch.

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The 31-year-old Pakistan-born player helped send West Indies crashing to 222 all out in 47.3 overs in their Group B match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium with figures of 4-41.

But Australian umpire Simon Taufel twice warned him about straying onto the pitch. A third warning would have seen him pulled out of the attack.

"I'm not comfortable bowling away from the stumps, but I'm working hard on it," said Tahir

"I want to get it right. I don't want to get a third warning and not be able to bowl."

Tahir, who was born in Lahore and has married a South African girl, dismissed Devon Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Thomas and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in his 10-over spell.

He praised the support shown to him by skipper Graeme Smith.

"Graeme had a lot of confidence in me. I bowled well in the second spell, some days you have a bad day, some day a good on, today was a good day," he said.

"In the powerplays, varying the pace is the key."


  • shaun3108 - 2011-02-24 16:48

    Here go the Aussies again !!!!!!

  • Yousuf - 2011-02-24 16:49

    to the !dI0t who wrote this wickets in a world cup on debut and u pick on his foot faults(tennis term you @$$

      Kdub - 2011-02-24 16:58

      he is merely reporting on the foot faults because this is what he was asked in the interview in the innings break. why so critical?

      Reacher - 2011-02-25 06:54

      go back to pakistan Yousuf

  • garathdk - 2011-02-24 16:51

    Well the coach and selectors should have known about the problem before choosing Imran. Should this proof to be a problem, a team would not like to find out about this in the world cup.

      Damien - 2011-02-24 16:53

      exactly why he should have been tested in the Indian ODI series !!!

      Mike S - 2011-02-24 17:59

      I think you will see that I support the selection. He took 4 for 41 and I can't understand why people are still complaining. However I do have a comment for Yusuf - Yusuf you seem to have a huge racist chip on your shoulder. The team should be picked on merit and Imran Tahir is obviously good enough. Your rant about whites is completely unnecessary and not objective. Who cares what colour the team is as long as it is picked on merit and produces the goods.

      cricketblaster2011 - 2011-02-24 18:14

      Yousuf looks like an idiot here. WHat he wants to say. Tahir is not an SA. He is a Pakistan import. WHat are you trying to say here. Who is benefiting from the fight of whhites and blacks, a guy from a country here he could have never played a cricket for a national level.

      Pilot 007 - 2011-02-24 19:57

      @ Sipho and Yousof - Both of you sound a little racist . . . .?! Why? And who cares about the composition of the team and what the ratio between black and white, Pakistani or Indian is? Who cares whether they talk afrikaans,english, zulu, xhosa, venda or sotho? Who cares what they eat or drink? I don't give a rats ass about any of these, ass long as the boytjies do the job on the field!! Regardless of colour, if you're good enough then your good enough!! How are any of you going to judge me on my comment> You don't know if I'm black, white, pink, blue or purple!! Or from which culture group I am, or even my religion or political views. . . !! Stop judging people and go with the flow, SA is tough enough without this type of nonsense, no-one needs or wants it. Come on guys, forget about all the unnessecary stuff and get behind our team!! Regards, Pilot

  • Mike S - 2011-02-24 17:32

    He took 4 for 41 and will work on the follow through. Stop complaining for heavens sake.

  • Rajty - 2011-02-24 18:12

    Saffers are negative by nature...the man takes 4 wickets and all they hear is "foot fault".....for goodness sake.

  • rushikeshkale - 2011-02-24 18:41

    Secreat Weapon Worked!! :)

  • rushikeshkale - 2011-02-24 18:44

    Gr8! Secret Weapon worked! Foot faults are common problem to a young spinners in a international levels. It can be fixed within two to three net sessions, not a big deal!

  • Blood_Doll - 2011-02-24 18:49

    Oh, for the love of everything bowly. Really, even foot faults turn into racist tirades? Really people; I'm...stumped.

  • Torro Azur - 2011-02-24 20:45

    Slight adjustment in the final position oh his right foot will cause a deviation on followthrough and balance. Simple sport science, whatch the man - Tahir+Steyn+Morkel=deadly.

  • MJ77 - 2011-02-24 20:53

    Tahir I am a leg-spin coach. Take it from me, put mind over matter and utilize the width of the crease. It is simply another weapon in your arsonry...Your Christian supporter.

  • charezon - 2011-02-24 21:28

    Congratulations and well done to Imran Tahir on his great debut, and to SA for beating the WI.

  • KUNZIE - 2011-02-25 03:09

    Imran takes four wickets on debut for his new adopted country and has added something to our bowling attack that has lacked since re-admission and all that is reported is his stepping in the danger zone.Really this is such negative rubbish.How many times has Morne Morkel taken a crucial wicket only to have be no-balled for over stepping? Tahir bowled beautifully and was great to watch.I enjoyed how his wickets meant so much to him.Kissing his badge and the his comments at the halfway break were so humble and he seems a really good human being.For a change RSA are benefitting from a overseas import when we have lost so many players to other shores.South Africa is the most represented country at the world cup with guys playing for England,Ireland and Holland.The new approach was so refreshing and was incredible that we had no less than five spinners in a one day game!I was doubtful that we could win this CWC, not because of the rubbish choker tag but felt we were lacking in talent.With Peterson bowling well and just needing Amla and Kallis to be consistant we may just go all the way.Good luck Proteas

  • Jim - 2011-02-25 07:33

    I wonder if there were bets on the foot faults.

      Rajty - 2011-02-25 08:47

      Thats really low @$$hole....go look for attention somehwere else

  • LACER8 - 2011-02-25 08:45

    Im not the biggest Graeme Smith fan...but his decision to play 3 spinners and to open with Johan Botha,thus robbing Chris Gayle of the pace he thrives on in the power plays, was indeed highly commendable...Although Graeme struggled throughout his innings and one could certainly see the humidity taking its toll on him, I admire the way he gritted it out for almost 29 overs steadying the ship when we were in a a liitle spot of bother. Well done Graeme Smith for backing your spinners especially utilizing the attacking option of Thahir and bringing him back into the attack despite him getting plastered by Bravo in his first over (during the powerplay). Smith showed great maturity and led his team with distinction...Well done boys...To all the critics out there Thahirs running onto the pitch can be easily remedied in the nets so throw your hate out the window and appreciate the fine effort of our boys. AB batted with the confidence and style of a world class player and JP looks to be riding his wave of good form. Go all the way Proteas and keep your feet on the ground...

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