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I knew my plans and what I had to do: Tahir

After narrow win against Netherlands, South Africa legspinner says tweakers have big roles in T20s

I knew my plans and what I had to do: Tahir  - Cricket News
Imran Tahir of South Africa celebrates after taking a wicket against Netherlands.
There are days when everything you try yields positive results. Imran Tahir, celebrating his 35th birthday on Thursday (March 27), had one of those days, dragging South Africa back into a game that it was well on its way to losing. When you consider that it had got itself into a tangle against The Netherlands, a team it had never lost to, it tells you just how much the effort meant.
When The Netherlands raced to 80 for 1 in pursuit of 146, the game appeared to be dead in the water, and briefly, even Tahir thought it was slipping away. “There were stages were you think the game is over. Over the last two years we’ve been involved in games like this, and for most of it we were on the winning side,” said a relieved Tahir, who ended with 4 for 21. “It was a great team effort. I didn’t feel - maybe I did for a second - I just had that somewhere that I was going to do it.”
What made Tahir’s effort extra special was that it did not come on a tailor-made turner. Rather, the ball was skidding through, and the pitch was expected to do more for the seamers than the slow bowlers. “If I look at the matches we played in Dhaka, totally opposite,” said Tahir. “I know my plans and what to do on wickets like this. It’s been going my way and I’ve been working hard.”
Tahir believed that spinners had a huge role to play in the shortest version of the game. “Any spinner can change the game. It’s been proven in Twenty20 cricket,” said Tahir. “If you look at IPL, you’ll see this. You just need to go with a clear plan in T20 cricket. If you go half-half, it’s going to be very hard.”
With a crucial game to come against England, Tahir was not keen to spell out what about his thought processes were allowing him to be so effective. “I am not going to tell you what I’ve been thinking. I’ve got clear plans what to do to each batsman,” said Tahir. “Thanks to the technology we can watch with our computer analysis guy, there’s a lot we can do. A clear plan, that’s the word, and back yourself.”
Not only did Tahir back himself to the hilt, he clearly inspired confidence in his captain, Faf du Plessis. “He was very calm. He has been very good in the last two or three series,” said Tahir. “He knows how to handle pressure and how to handle the guys. He has got a good group of guys around and we back each other and respect each other.”

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