Tatenda Taibu

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Tatenda Taibu
Personal information
Full nameTatenda Taibu
Born (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 35)
Harare, Zimbabwe
BowlingRight-arm medium
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations Kudzai Taibu (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  52)19 July 2001 v  West Indies
Last Test26 January 2012 v  New Zealand
ODI debut (cap  64)23 June 2001 v  West Indies
Last ODI9 February 2012 v  New Zealand
ODI shirt no.44
T20I debut (cap  14)12 September 2007 v  Australia
Last T20I14 February 2012 v  New Zealand
Domestic team information
2000/01–2004/05 Mashonaland
2006/07 Namibia
2007/08–2008/09 Northerns
2008 Kolkata Knight Riders
2009/10 Mountaineers
2010/11–2011/12 Southern Rocks
2018/19 Badureliya Sports Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Runs scored1,5463,3937,0155,426
Batting average 31.1229.2537.7130.82
Top score153107* 175* 121*
Balls bowled4884972569
Wickets 122514
Bowling average 27.0030.5018.2030.71
5 wickets in innings 0010
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling1/272/428/434/25
Catches/stumpings 57/5114/33311/31196/55
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. [1] [2]

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

Zimbabwe national cricket team Zimbabwe cricket team

The Zimbabwe national cricket team is administered by Zimbabwe Cricket. Zimbabwe is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International status.

Wicket-keeper fielding position in cricket

The wicket-keeper in the sport of cricket is the player on the fielding side who stands behind the wicket or stumps being watchful of the batsman and be ready to take a catch, stump the batsman out and run out a batsman when occasion arises. The wicket-keeper is the only member of the fielding side permitted to wear gloves and external leg guards. The role of the keeper is governed by Law 27 of the Laws of Cricket.


In July 2012 Taibu, aged only 29, decided to retire from cricket to focus on his work in church. [3] [4] In December 2018, it was reported that he was making a return to cricket. [5] Later the same month, he played first-class cricket for Badureliya Sports Club in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament in Sri Lanka. [6]

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Badureliya Sports Club is a first-class cricket team in Sri Lanka. It plays its home matches at Surrey Village Cricket Ground, Maggona.

The 2018–19 Premier League Tournament was the 31st season of first-class cricket in Sri Lanka's Premier Trophy. The tournament started on 30 November 2018 and concluded on 10 February 2019. Fourteen teams took part in the competition, split into two groups of seven. Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club finished in last place in the previous tournament, and were relegated. Negombo Cricket Club replaced them for this years' competition. Chilaw Marians Cricket Club were the defending champions.

International career

Taibu made his first-class cricket debut at the age of 16, and his debut for Zimbabwe national team in 2001, aged 18. In 2003, he was appointed vice-captain to Heath Streak on the team's tour of England, and he was appointed national captain in April 2004, making him the youngest Test captain in history. [7]

Heath Hilton Streak is a former Zimbabwean cricketer who played for and captained the Zimbabwe national cricket team. By his statistical record, he is the best bowler to have played for Zimbabwe. He is the only Zimbabwean bowler to have taken over 100 Test wickets and one of only four Zimbabwean bowlers to have taken over 100 ODI wickets. He was the head coach of Zimbabwe until early 2018 and was the bowling coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2018.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

He took a two-year break for Zimbabwe in from 2005 to 2007 when he played a season as the captain of Namibia and another season for the Cape Cobras in South Africa.

Namibia republic in southern Africa

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa. Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of the Zambezi River separates the two countries. Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek, and it is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Cape Cobras

The Cape Cobras are a franchise cricket team representing the Western Province, Boland, and South Western Districts areas in South African domestic cricket. The team's home venues are Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, Boland Park, Paarl, and the Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn.

He made his return to the Zimbabwean side in a series against India A in July 2007, registering a century. The following month Zimbabwe hosted South Africa for a three-game ODI series and in the final game Taibu scored a career best 107 not out. It was the first ODI century by a Zimbabwean against South Africa.

During 2010 Taibu's form continued and he scored 73 against South Africa as Zimbabwe were all out for 268. The South Africans chased down the total comfortably with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scoring centuries. [8]

Hashim Amla Cricket player of South Africa.

Hashim Mohammad Amla OIS is a South African international cricketer who plays for South Africa in all three formats of the game He is a right-handed batsman and holds the record for the highest individual Test score of any South African batsman of 311 not out, scored against England at The Oval, London in July 2012. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the modern era. Amla is an occasional off break bowler and was South Africa's Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016.

AB de Villiers South African cricketer

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, commonly known as AB de Villiers, is a former South African cricketer who played for the South African national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketer to have played the game, he holds many batting records, including the world's fastest One-Day International (ODI) 50, 100 and 150, the fastest Test century by a South African and the fastest Twenty20 International 50 by a South African batsman. He also plays for Titans in South African domestic cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

He scored 98 for his side in ICC World Cup 2011 as their team won by 175 runs against Canada in Nagpur. Taibu played a splendid innings in must-win situation of World Cup. [9]

When Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket in 2011, Taibu was selected to play in their one-off Tests against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand despite making critical remarks of the country's cricket administration. [10] He scored half-centuries in each of the three Tests. [11]

Taibu became the 5th Zimbabwean to score 3,000 runs during his innings of 53 (74) against Kenya at Eden Gardens, Kolkata during the 2011 World Cup on 20 March 2011. He along with Stuart Matsikenyeri set the record partnership in ODIs for the sixth wicket for Zimbabwe(188) [12]


On 10 July 2012, Taibu called time on his career aged 29. [4] He said he would only do work for the church. Taibu told Zimeye: “I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord’s work, and although I am fortunate and proud to have played for my country, the time has come for me to put my entire focus on that part of my life.”

He scored 1,546 runs in Tests with 57 catches and five stumpings, while making 3,393 runs in ODIs with 114 catches and 33 stumpings. [4] He finishes as Zimbabwe’s fourth highest run-scorer in ODIs with the second most number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper, behind Andy Flower.

Beyond cricket

After his retirement Taibu lived in the United Kingdom. He joined Hightown St. Mary's Cricket Club in 2016 as a player-coach-development-officer in the second-division of the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition. While writing his autobiography he realised that he would have to return to Zimbabwe. In June 2016 he accepted a role as Zimbabwe Cricket's convener of selectors and development officer, with the encouragement of Peter Chingoka. Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis left county deals in September 2017 to play again for Zimbabwe, fruit of Taibu's efforts to entice them back. [13]

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Preceded by
Heath Streak
Zimbabwean Test captain
Succeeded by
Terrence Duffin
Preceded by
Louis Burger
Namibia List A captain
Succeeded by
Louis Burger