|Full name||Tatenda Taibu|
|Born||14 May 1983|
|Relations||Kudzai Taibu (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 52)||19 July 2001 v West Indies|
|Last Test||26 January 2012 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 64)||23 June 2001 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||9 February 2012 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||44|
|T20I debut (cap 14)||12 September 2007 v Australia|
|Last T20I||14 February 2012 v New Zealand|
|Domestic team information|
|2008||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2018/19||Badureliya Sports Club|
Source: Cricinfo, 14 September 2017
Tatenda Taibu (born 14 May 1983) is a Zimbabwean cricketer who captained the Zimbabwe national cricket team. He is a wicket-keeper-batsman. On 6 May 2004, he became the youngest Test captain in history, when he captained his team against Sri Lanka.
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