Taibu is one of the greatest wicketkeeper batsman Zimbabwe ever had
Zimbabwean wicketkeeper batsman Tatenda Taibu has announced his retirement from international cricket in order to focus his life on helping and working for the church.
Taibu represented Zimbabwe in 28 Test matches and 150 ODIs before retiring at the age of 29, which is usually seen as the prime of any cricketers career.
Taibu’s decision to retire was even more shocking after he was named in Zimbabwe’s squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, which will be hosted by Sri Lanka in September.
The wicketkeeper batsman’s retirement marks the end of an 11-year career, during which he became the youngest Test captain in the history of the game.
However, Taibu has not played any international cricket since picking up a finger injury against New Zealand earlier this year.
“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,” Taibu said.
Since he splashed on the international cricketing scene at the age of 18, Taibu became a regular pick for Zimbabwe, except for the times when he was involved in a heated dispute with his country’s cricket board.
In 2005, Taibu stepped down as captain of the national team after receiving threats against him and his family.
In 2006, Taibu and his family decided to move to South Africa, where he actually had the intention of going through the four-year qualification process of being able to play for the South African team.
However, Taibu made his international return in 2007 with Zimbabwe.
One major highlight of Taibu’s career was when Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in a Test match last year, after Zimbabwe returned from being exiled from the game for six years.
Another of Taibu’s accomplishments comes once again in a Test series against Bangladesh in 2005, where he made 85 not out and 153 runs in the two innings to help Zimbabwe draw the Test.
However, throughout his career, Taibu has been a very outspoken individual, especially against his country’s cricket board, who Taibu blames for not doing enough to promote the growth of cricket in the country.
Taibu was picked as a teenager to be the successor of Andy Flower, who is currently the coach of the England squad, but he never reached the heights that Flower did in his illustrious career.
But, Taibu still managed to build an extremely solid career for himself and is now one of the most loved cricketers in Zimbabwe.
Taibu finishes his career as the fourth-highest run-getter for Zimbabwe in ODIs, and in terms of wicketkeeping dismissals, only his predecessor Andy Flower has been responsible for more dismissals than him in ODIs.