Tatenda Taibu is probably one of the most well known Zimbabwe players for the modern generation. He was a great player who served Zimbabwe cricket loyally and very well over the many years he played for Zimbabwe. He was the next generation after Andy Flower, Grant Flower and he was trying to take Zimbabwe cricket to the next level. Tatenda Taibu played 28 Test Matches during his career. In those Matches he scored 1546 runs at an average of 30.31 and he made 1 Test century. He also played in 150 ODIs for Zimbabwe and in those he made 3393 runs at an average of 29.25 with 2 ODI hundreds.
Let’s look at the Top 5 Best Batting Performances of Tatenda Taibu
1) 85* and 153 vs Bangladesh (2005)
This was without a doubt the best batting performance in the career of Tatenda Taibu. This test match was his test match. He made a total of 238 runs in this match. During the first innings he played for 218 balls to make his 85*. He hit 8 fours meaning only 32 runs from boundaries. He had a strike of 39 in this innings. However the best was saved for the second batting innings. He made a brilliant 153 from 292 balls and this was a much faster paced innings than the first one. In this innings he smashed 19 fours and 2 sixes meaning 88 runs in boundaries. He had a strike rate of 52.40 which is good. The match was a draw but Tatenda Taibu became a legend.
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2) 107* vs South Africa (2007)
This was his first ODI Hundred and it came against South Africa who were one of the best teams in the world. Zimbabwe lost this match but the effort by Tatenda Taibu cannot be ignored. He made sure that Zimbabwe stayed alive In this match. He made 107* from 103 balls and he hit 9 fours and 1 six in this innings meaning 42 runs in boundaries. He ran a lot in this innings and his strike rate was 104. Tatenda Taibu had arrived in international cricket.
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3) 103* vs South Africa (2009)
Yet another match and it was again South Africa was Tatenda Taibu. It looked like he loved batting against South Africa in ODI Cricket. Zimbabwe also lost this match but his efforts with the bat deserve a place in this list. Zimbabwe were chasing 296 to win and Tatenda Taibu made 103# from 112 balls in this match. He had a strike rate of 92 in this innings and he hit 6 fours and 3 sixes In this innings meaning 42 runs in boundaries. Tatenda Taibu was a one man warrior for Zimbabwe.
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4) 83 vs West Indies (2003)
This was the second half century for Tatenda Taibu in Test Cricket and it was a very special moment for the then young batter. He made a well made 82 runs from 188 balls. He had a strike rate of 44 in this match and he hit 9 fours in this innings meaning 36 runs in boundaries. He showed that he can hang around long and play the perfect test innings. Tatenda Taibu was destined for great things and it is safe to say that he did not disappoint anyone.
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5) 59 and 58 vs Bangladesh (2004)
The last innings in this list is from the test match against Bangladesh in 2004. In this match he hit 2 half centuries which were important in Zimbabwe winning the test match by 183 runs. In the first batting innings for Zimbabwe he made 59 from 126 balls. He had a strike rate of 47 and he hit 9 fours in this innings. Then in the second batting innings for Zimbabwe he again hit a half century. This time he made 58 from 104 Balls at a strike rate of 54 and he hit 8 fours in that innings meaning 32 runs in boundaries.
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