Stats: How Tahir stacks up against SA's other spinners

2019-03-05 10:29
Imran Tahir (Getty)

Cape Town - The statistics suggest that Imran Tahir, who will retire from the format after the World Cup, is easily the best ODI spinner the Proteas have ever fielded.

Tahir still wants to play T20I cricket for South Africa, but he has very nearly reached the end of the road when it comes to ODIs. 

Regardless of what happens between now and the end of the World Cup, Tahir will end his career as comfortably the highest wicket-taker in ODIs when it comes to spinners. 

The numbers below show why he is considered one of the greatest South African cricket has ever seen. 

SA spin bowlers in ODIs:

Imran Tahir: 156 wickets, 95 matches, 24.56 average, 4.65 economy

Nicky Boje: 95 wickets, 113 matches, 35.27 average, 4.51 economy

Robin Peterson: 75 wickets, 79 matches, 35.73 average, 4.90 economy

Pat Symcox: 72 wickets, 80 matches, 38.36 average, 4.15 economy

Johan Botha: 72 wickets, 76 matches, 39.11 average, 4.56 economy

When it comes to T20I cricket, Tahir has taken not only taken more wickets than any other spinner in South Africa but any other bowler, too. 

He leads the way with 60 T20I wickets while Dale Steyn (58) is second and Morne Morkel (46) third. 

SA spin bowlers in T20I cricket:

Imran Tahir: 60 wickets, 34 matches, 13.96 average, 6.60 economy

Johan Botha: 37 wickets, 40 matches, 22.24 average, 6.37 economy

Robin Peterson: 24 wickets, 21 matches, 18.79 average, 7.53 economy

JP Duminy: 21 wickets, 78 matches, 27.66 average, 7.62 economy

Aaron Phangiso: 20 wickets, 16 matches, 22.15 average, 7.77 economy

Test cricket would prove to be the most difficult format for Tahir, and it is the one form of the game where he does not leave with glowing numbers. 

Still, he finds himself in the top five when it comes to the country's highest wicket-takers since readmission. 

SA spin bowlers in Test cricket since readmission: 

Paul Adams: 134 wickets, 45 matches, 32.87 average, 2.98 economy

Paul Harris: 103 wickets, 37 matches, 37.87 average, 2.65 economy

Nicky Boje: 100 wickets, 43 matches, 42.65 average, 2.96 economy

Keshav Maharaj: 94 wickets, 25 matches 28.44 average, 3.19 economy

Imran Tahir: 57 wickets, 20 matches, 40.24 average, 3.50 economy

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