Tatenda Taibu

Zimbabwe|Wicketkeeper Batter
Tatenda Taibu
INTL CAREER: 2001 - 2012
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Full Name

Tatenda Taibu


May 14, 1983, Harare


40y 296d

Also Known As


Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter


5ft 5in


Churchill Boys High School



Barely five foot tall and light on his feet, Tatenda Taibu is a throwback to the traditional style of wicketkeeper, and his importance to Zimbabwean cricket was underlined when he was named as vice-captain for the tour of England in 2003, when only 19 years old. Earmarked as the long-term successor to club colleague Andy Flower, Taibu was plucked from Churchill Boys High School to tour the West Indies in 1999-00, after impressing onlookers with his natural ability. Three months later he was in England, on stand-by at Trent Bridge after injury put Flower's dual role in doubt. He had yet to play domestic first-class cricket at this stage - his debut for Mashonaland had to be put on hold after he turned up at the wrong ground - but he has toured South Africa with the Zimbabwe U-19s, and was one of Zimbabwe's few bright spots in the 2003 World Cup and their tour to England later that year. A promising batsman, albeit with a penchant for cross-batted strokes, he is steadily improving at Test and ODI level.

In April 2004, he was appointed captain of Zimbabwe following the resignation of Heath Streak, and he led a woefully inexperienced by example in the face of repeated heavy defeats. But the pressure began to tell, and by the autumn of 2005 he found himself at the front of another players revolt, this time widely backed and against the general mismanagement of the board. It led to him being villified in the domestic press and threatened by some unsavoury elements connected to the board itself, and in November 2005 he announced his resignation as captain and his retirement from international cricket. Of all the high-profile departures from the game in Zimbabwe, none were felt so deeply as Taibu - a home-grown product, a world-class wicketkeeper-batsman, and the country's first black captain.

After spells in Bangladesh and England, he moved to South Africa later in 2006 and made clear his intention to sit out the four-year qualification to try to play international cricket for them. But it didn't work out, and to more than a few raised eyebrows he reappeared in Zimbabwe colours in mid 2007.

Taibu announced his retirement from international cricket in July 2012, aged 29 years, after a topsy-turvy career spanning more than a decade.

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Tatenda Taibu Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A231213375426121*30.82--535--19655


List A231-569430144/254/2530.714.5340.6100
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Recent Matches of Tatenda Taibu

Tigers vs Capitals01c/0s01-Oct-2022JodhpurOTHERT20
Tigers vs Capitals51c/0s29-Sep-2022CuttackOTHERT20
Tigers vs Kings540c/0s26-Sep-2022CuttackOTHERT20
Tigers vs Giants11c/0s19-Sep-2022LucknowOTHERT20
Tigers vs Kings160c/0s18-Sep-2022LucknowOTHERT20

Photos of Tatenda Taibu

Tatenda Taibu throws the ball during a practice session
Fast bowler Carl Mumba receives his Zimbabwe Test cap from former captain Tatenda Taibu
Tatenda Taibu is thrilled after James Franklin is run out
Martin Guptill is stumped for 85 off 69 balls
Jacob Oram goes aerial
Tatenda Taibu cuts during his half-century