Tahir: Stay or Go???

November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Should Imran Tahir keep his spot in the Proteas line up?

I guess we will have to wait until the end of the current test match down under in Adelaide to make the final call, as he might have a chance to redeem himself on a ever increasing dry pitch, but so far its not looking good for Immie.

He does not bring the allround cricketing package to the team that you need at this level, so for him to earn his place he has to bowl out of his skin and take wickets galore and keep the batsmen guessing. But that has not happended yet, he has taken a nice wicket here and there, baffelled a few tail enders, but mainly his been a run rate liability giving the momentum the seemrers build up back to the batsmen.

Unfortunately there was no where to hide for him in this test as Kallis and Steyn could not contribute much after both pulled up with stiff hammies on day one yesterday, Kallis wont bowl again in this match too compound things, forcing Immie to bowl more overs than he would have. Warner, Clarke and Hussey did seem too mind this too much, as he basically was their personal bunny all day long. Kleinveld also bowled poorly at times and again had no ball problems, but he will be replaced by Philander or De Lange when they are fit(or fly another seemer from SA before the third test, Parnell/Lopsy/Morris/Viljoen all will do better than the out of shape Rory).

So what about Tahir?

Robbin Peterson is in the sqaud and will add far more value to the team. I am sure he will be more economical than Tahir and take wickets when the picth is cracked up, he is a one day specialst with a  decent economy and high strike rate, so why not give him a go? He will be more than handy as a tailend batsmen, plus he is a fantastic fielder with a competitive spirit. He is not all Protea fans favourite son, but he has done enough for the Proteas and Cobras to be picked ahead of Tahir and be given a propper run.

Tahir has too pull a rabit out of a hat in the second Ozzy innings, providing the Proteas get there, to have any chance of keeping his spot, lets say a 7’for at least?



12 responses to Tahir: Stay or Go???

  1. Agree – Tahir to go – bring in Petersen. Also Rudolf is not reliable for a while now – get rid of him the has been.

  2. If Verny is not fit for the 3rd test,bring in Marchant Delange who was not considered after his seven wkt haul in his debut agnst SL.Bowling attack look nowhere near to the best.Steyn ad Kallis are not matchf fit which add sour to the wound.I dont think Robbie wud be a wise option for the third test,

    • Proteas do like out of shape, Steyn lacks steem. Kleinveld showed something today, but needs to drop a few k’s before he can be a long term test option. but De Lange is a winner, just down injured if I remember right. Hardus Viljoen from Lions very simliar to Merchant if not better, big strong fast bowler.

  3. bottom line is if tahir cannot improve his RPO stat. then there is no place for him. because wickets are directly related to how much presssure you can build

  4. Tahir did bowl well this morning though. Unfortunate to miss a wicket with a no ball but that lead to a wicket soon after by Kleinveldt. Tahir was attrocious in the first innings but this pitch suits the spinners more in the 3rd and 4th innings.

    • He look liked a bit of a chop with his wicket celebration and mocking the crowd only to be overturned. Shame I felt for him…

  5. Unfortunately for Tahir, like Murray Walker used to say: Go! Go! Go!
    He seems to be mentally frail when he gets hammered. I so badly wanted him to succeed – to have a leggy in your team is a huge asset, but one that sometimes have little control on where he lands the ball is a liability as was shown in this match.

  6. I think tahir has to go. He isn’t a wicket taker, the only wickets he gets are of tail-enders,. He isn’t a young oke who can be developed into a better player either. So much was made of him when he came onto the scene, but he has been a bitter disappointment.

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