ICC World Twenty20: Reaching semis consistently is huge achievement for South Africa, says Imran Tahir

South Africa haven't won a single world title to date even after making it till the semifinals of  ICC events on a regular basis.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016, 22:06 PM IST
ICC World Twenty20: Reaching semis consistently is huge achievement for South Africa, says Imran Tahir

New Delhi: Though South Africa are known as chokers when it comes to ICC's major events but leg spinner Imran Tahir has a different take on it as he feels that it's an achievement for the team to make the semifinals of big tournaments consistently.

"I think I feel good as a South African player that people say that we always get into semifinal and lose...This is one of the biggest achievements to get into semifinal. Not many teams do that. For me it's a real achievement," Tahir was quoted as saying by the PTI.

South Africa haven't won a single world title to date even after making it till the semifinals on a regular basis.

The formidable South Africa have been doing well in the T20 format as they have won eight out of their last 12 matches.

The 36-year-old leggie feels that Proteas will have a slight advantage as the World T20 is taking place of India, where they had a good outing late last year.

"(The tour) was a big help for us. We played here, so we know the conditions a little bit better. We come here (to India) for the World Cup so we (are) quite lucky the tour went well and we won. So that confidence we will bring into the World Cup," added Tahir.

Tahir fells that a leg spinners must have a big heart as he said: "Look leg spinners can change the game. The off spinners' job is to contain, for me leg spinners need to have a bigger heart than anyone else because it is easy to blame them. Nowadays cricket has changed. Obviously the bats are bigger, boundaries are shorter."

(With PTI inputs)