Earlier this month, Imran Tahir had announced that he will retire from One-Day International (ODI) cricket after the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, slated to begin from 30th May. While the South African might have called time on his ODI career, Tahir continues to remain a vital cog for his side - something that was testified in his recent outing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
On a day, where spinners breathed fire on the raging turner, Tahir stood tall with impressive figures of 3-9 in his quota of four overs. If Harbhajan Singh (3-20) bamboozled the top-order of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the South African spinner ran through the opposition's middle-order to ensure the visitors were bowled out for a mere 70 - sixth-lowest total in IPL history.
Introduced in the 10th over, the 39-year-old struck on his second delivery of the match, dismissing Shivam Dube for just two runs. The veteran leggie, then, struck on the first delivery of his second over to send Navdeep Saini packing. Yuzvendra Chahal became his third victim of the night after his slog-sweep backfired in the 14th over.
With the spinners doing all the damage early on, Chennai barely had to break a sweat as they chased the paltry total of 70 runs with seven wickets and 14 deliveries to spare. While Harbhajan took the 'Man of the Match' award, Tahir claimed the 'Purple Cap' as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.