LONDON – It may not quite be the occasion they would have envisaged, but nonetheless the Proteas ODI team will bid farewell to two of its stalwarts in their final World Cup match against Australia on Saturday at Old Trafford.
South Africa have, of course, already been eliminated, taking much of the shine off Imran Tahir and JP Duminy’s final ODI. The duo both announced prior to the World Cup that the global tournament would be their swansong in the 50-over format.
They will, however, continue to play T20 franchise cricket - their participation in the Euro T20 Slam along with Dale Steyn was confirmed yesterday - and will also still be available for next year’s World T20 in Australia.
However, their departure will leave the ODI team short of 305 caps worth of experience, with Duminy set to be left stranded on 199. Both have played an essential role in the team’s success, particularly in bilateral series, over the past decade. Tahir, in particular, has transformed spin bowling in SA.
Tahir was an out-an-out strike-bowler. Tahir was worth his weight in gold to every captain he played under.