WATCH: Imran Tahir gets involved in a funny moment during SA’s practice match
Imran Tahir is always extra energetic and extra enthusiastic whenever he is on the field.
But the South African leg-spinner had a moment to forget when his national side was playing against amateur Australian Prime Minister’s XI. South Africa lost the warm-up match by 4 wickets. Tahir took a catch off a no-ball and mocked the Australian crowd behind him.
This all happened when the Australian Prime Minister’s XI was out for a chase. South African speedster Kagiso Raba was bowling his third over of the innings. He bowled a good bouncer to the opposition batsman Josh Philippe. The batsman, however fearlessly pulled him away to the deep fine leg fence where Tahir took a good catch at the edge of the boundary, and he turned back to the crowd showing them his jersey name.
The on-air commentators were in laughs while the leg-spinner was busy taunting the Australian crowd back. The funnier part is that during all this funny chaos created by Tahir, the batsmen stole a couple of runs until Tahir learned the situation and threw the ball back towards the pitch. What on earth was he trying to do? It shows that he was more involved with the crowd rather than the actual cricket match.
Tahir was off colour the full day during their practice match. In his quote of ten overs, he gave away runs at a rate of 4.7 runs per over and took a solitary wicket. He didn’t trouble the scorers when he was batting. He surely was involved in some verbal spat with the crowd behind him. And that showed in his below-par bowling performance as well.
Batting first, the tourists scored a paltry 173 in 42 overs which were by far the worst outcome for them in the warm-up where their batsmen were expected to spend some time in the middle and get some runs under their belt. No one even passed fifty run mark. The irony is, Philippe went on to stay unbeaten and helped his side chase down the score to avail the man of the match award.
This will be a short limited-overs tour of South Africa down under. They will be playing three one day internationals followed by one-off T20 International. The tour will get over in a couple of weeks of time.
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