Pakistan born South African leg spinner had an exclusive interview with Cricset.pk during the PSL 2021. Imran, who is also the 3rd highest wicket taker in the T20 cricket shared his stories related to the career, his achievements and much more.
When asked about the turn around of Multan Sultans, he said that the players had a week to work around the previous mistakes the team regroup together and things started working their way, and also hope to continue this form.
“Rizwan is our main player and leader, his performance gives energy to our team. He is a solid player who can build the innings and can attack as well. I hope that he will continue his form which will be beneficial for our team.“
On asking about the similarity between the captaincy of MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings captain) and Mohammad Rizwan (Multan Sultans), he terms that comparison would be too early as Dhoni have immense experience of captaincy. But he said that they are happy with Rizwan and have no complaint against him.
“I think if u have good relations with the captain then all of them (Shan, Rizwan, Shoaib Malik) is a good captain. Shoaib Malik is a wonderful player. Shan has been playing for Pakistan and he is an intelligent player, something with Rizwan as well. Some things could be handled better by Malik or some by Shan or some by Rizwan. We as a player have to just support the Captain as they are our leader. We can discuss our opinion with them but the end of the day they are the captain. I tried perform whatever my captain wants.”
“I tried to make friends wherever I went to play cricket.”IMRAN TAHIR
Imran Tahir also said that he made his friendships all across the world in all the countries he had played cricket. “This is the responsibility of every sportsman to make friends and also respect them, so that he would be remembered later as well by the people.”
On the question about any of the batsman that had made him worry to bowl, Imran said that if he thinks about it, he would have to stop playing cricket. “If I have came somewhere to play cricket by leaving by family for days, then it surely means that I took this game very seriously. No disrespect to anyone there are many world class batsmen, but I always had plan to bowl against them by giving my 100%, otherwise they will hit you.”
“I didn’t feel tired with my celebration, if other players felt it they should work on their fitness”
“Tahir Mughal (former First Class cricketer) is (like) my big brother. I always look up to him, I played with him a lot. He was a wonderful cricketer and should have played for Pakistan. But still playing and dominating 15 years in FC cricket is a superb achievement. That’s why I gave tribute to him and his family during PSL 6.”, said Imran Tahir.
“I didn’t take Kolpak Deal in England, as my only dream was to play International cricket, for which South Africa provided me the opportunity. I would always be thankful to their board and fans for supporting me in achieving my dream. I can’t answer why other South African players have preferred the deal.”
“The standard in PSL is very high”IMRAN TAHIR
“The local fast bowlers and batsmen have made this league on the top. With the mixture of foreign players, the standard of PSL is very high. The bowlers have to bowl their hearts out to perform here.”, concluded Imran Tahir.
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