As the World Cup draws to an end, a lot of veterans are announcing their retirement from the game, leaving fans with millions of memories from their long-spanning careers. South African spinner Imran Tahir is the latest to join the list, following Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga.
The South African leggie took to Twitter to post an emotional message for his fans, where he said that he will be playing his last one-day international match against Australia on 6 July in the last match of the group stage in the ongoing World Cup. He thanked South Africa's Cricket Board for their support and said that he will give his 100% for his last match.
The 40-year-old bowler known for his trademark style of celebration by taking off to cover three-fourths of the ground after taking a wicket is one of the best spinners produced by South Africa. He has played 106 ODIs and has picked up 172 wickets at an average of 24.6. The leggie has also played 20 test matches and 38 T20 international matches., picking up 57 and 63 wickets respectively. In just two editions, Tahir has become the third highest wicket-taker for South Africa in World Cups, behind only Alan Donald and Shaun Pollock.
Netizens took to Twitter to thank the bowler for countless memories he had given to cricketing fans around the world.
Fans thanked the 40-year-old for being a role model to youngsters.
The spinning sensation enjoys great fan-following in India, as he is an integral part of the IPL side Chennai Super Kings, earning himself the nickname 'Parashakthi Express'.
South Africa will play against Australia in the last match of the group stage of the ongoing World Cup on 6 July as they hope to end the campaign on a winning note by beating table-toppers Australia.