Tahir, the terror of the IPL

Column by  Telford Vice: But it is at the Indian Premier League that he has found his perfect match. To see Tahir tear towards the boundary with arms outstretched, eyes aflame and throat wide open each time he takes a wicket for Delhi Daredevils is to see a man in his element.

Strange then that it took Tahir six years to find an IPL franchise that would have him.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir of South Africa celebrates after taking the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
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Delhi took the plunge last year and Tahir took nine wickets at an average of 19. The Daredevils lost 12 of their 14 games and finished last, but Tahir’s prowess could swing their fortunes.

This year, under JP Duminy’s captaincy, Delhi have won three out of seven matches and Tahir’s 13 scalps made him the tournament’s leading wicket-taker going into yesterday’s match.

Thirteen mad dashes into the outfield in seven games is a lot even by IPL’s excessive standards; enough for Tahir to snatch the media spotlight.

He told the Indian Express: “I don’t do it to impress people – this is me.

“This hunger has built up for years and years. It has to come out.

“I might get a heart attack if I keep it all bottled up. I’d rather give the batsman a heart attack.”

So far Tahir is the standout South African at the 2015 edition, in which Morné Morkel is sixth among the wicket-takers.

AB de Villiers has been unable to repeat his World Cup batting heroics. The story of his IPL is 176 runs in five innings, with a best effort of 47 not out.

This article written by Telford Vice.

Source: TimesLIVE

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