South Africa who had a dismal run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 will look to finish their campaign when they go up against table-toppers Australia on July 6 (Saturday) at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Veteran spinner Imran Tahir, who will be playing his last ODI match in the Proteas jersey got emotional on the eve of the game.
Tahir will play his last ODI for South Africa tomorrow
Faf du Plessis-led South Africa have struggled to come out as a team in the World Cup which is why they have struggled badly in the marquee tournament. They have played eight games so far in the competition and have managed to win only two games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. They will be desperate to beat defending champions Australia who have been dominant and finish the competition on a winning note.
The 40-year-old Imran Tahir had earlier announced that he will bid farewell to ODI cricket after this World Cup. The leg-spinner has made significant contributions to South African cricket and has been a genuine match-winner for them over the years. Tahir has claimed ten wickets in the tournament with the best figures of four for 29 against Afghanistan. Overall, the leg-spinner has bagged 172 wickets from 106 games with three five-wicket hauls since making his debut in 2011.
On the eve of his last match, Imran Tahir admitted that it is an emotional moment for him and thanked Cricket South Africa for rallying behind him over the years. He also vouched to give his 100 percent in the last match against Australia and finish on a high.
Quite an emotional moment that I will be stepping on to the field one last time for an odi for
@OfficialCSA wholeheartedly thanking everyone who stood with me during my entire career and special thanks for @OfficialCSA to make my dream a reality.Will give it all I have tomm,: Tahir tweeted before his last ODI in South Africa jersey.
Quite an emotional moment that I will be stepping on to the field one last time for an odi for @OfficialCSA wholeheartedly thanking everyone who stood with me during my entire career and special thanks for @OfficialCSA to make my dream a reality.Will give it all I have tomm
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) July 5, 2019