World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir 1st ever spinner to bowl 1st over of a World Cup

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first_imgSouth Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir ran off for his trademark celebration after he bowled England opener Jonny Bairstow in the opening match of World Cup 2019 at The Oval in London on Thursday. He is now the 1st spinner in World Cup history to bowl the 1st over.Imran Tahir who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League won the Purple Cap in 2019 while Jonny Bairstow, who formed a formidable opening partnership with David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad, had a great season as well.England vs South Africa, CWC 19 opener: Live Cricket ScoreMadan Lal bowled the first-ever ball in a World Cup during the inaugural edition in 1975. Andy Roberts bowled the first ball of the 1979 World Cup to Sunil Gavaskar in West Indies vs India opener. Richard Hadlee bowled the first over of the 1983 World Cup.In 1987, Vinothen John of Sri Lanka opened the proceedings with the new ball in their opener against Pakistan. In 1992, it was Craig McDermott who bowled the first over of the World Cup in a Trans-Tasman clash between Australia and New Zealand.In 1996, Dominic Cork of England had the opportunity to bowl the first over of the World Cup and Darren Gough in 1999. Shaun Pollock of South Africa began proceedings in the 2003 World Cup at home while Umar Gul began things in the 2007 World Cup. Bangladesh’s Shafiul Islam bowled the first over of the 2011 World Cup and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled the first over of the 2015 World Cup.Imran Tahir wins the opening salvoadvertisementIn the first match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bowl against arguably the most dangerous ODI batting side in world cricket. England have talked up their chances of scoring 500 runs in 50 overs. With the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in the line-up, many feel that is a distinct possibilty.However, the opening salvo on the opening day was won by Imran Tahir after he did Jonny Bairstow in with a gem. Out for zero, Bairstow walked back to the pavillion dejected but Imran Tahir set off to start his now famous celebration.During the Indian Premier League 2019, Tahir’s CSK captain MS Dhoni had said he and Shane Watson do not want to run alongside Tahir during his celebrations.It’s great fun to watch Tahir celebrate. But we have made it very clear that me and Watson we are never coming to him once he gets a wicket because more often he runs to the other side. For me and Watson, it’s a bit difficult when you are not 100% fit. Why go over there and congratulate. The good thing is he finishes his lap and comes back to the same place. So that’s the time we say, ‘yeah, very well done..well bowled’ and we go back to our fielding positions,” MS Dhoni had joked during the 2019 IPL.Also See:last_img

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