Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Sunday congratulated Imran Tahir on the occasion of his 100th One-Day International appearance for the Proteas.

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Tahir reached the landmark when the Proteas took the field for their second league match at the Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh at the Oval in London.

Tahir becomes the second South African specialist spin bowler to make 100 appearances in this format, following Nicky Boje who played 113 matches.

He also becomes the 24th Protea to make a century of ODI appearances.

“Congratulations to Imran on this outstanding achievement,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

“He made his debut for us at the 2011 World Cup, so it is highly appropriate that he should achieve this landmark at another World Cup tournament.

“His performances speak for themselves, including the best bowling figures for the Proteas in an ODI and the fastest to take 100 wickets in this format for us.

“What really stands out for me is the passion he has always displayed in representing his adopted country. He has added tremendously to the rich diversity of our Proteas that has become the hallmark of the unified era.

“He is also a wonderful professional who has embraced a strong work ethic to maintain his fitness and skills at an advanced age. He was recently the leading wicket-taker at the Indian Premier League and he remains our leading strike bowler in white ball cricket. He remains the go-to bowler in crucial moments.

“We are grateful for what he has brought to South African cricket over the past decade, not least of all his being a role model to develop the spin bowling culture at all levels of our cricket,” concluded Moroe.